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Immigration Compliance – For UK Agencies

It is very important to ensure that all of your Non EEA Contractors are 100% compliant with UK Immigration rules and practices otherwise you or your Client could face action from the UK Border Agency (UKBA)!

At Commonwealth Contractors we work with OISC Registered Immigration Advisors who can help to ensure that all Contractors are fully compliant with current UK Immigration requirements.

If you are concerned about Immigration Compliance and you would like to discuss you situation with an experienced advisor call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

Immigration Compliance Audits

Immigration Compliance Audits conducted by OISC Registered Immigration Advisors are a very good idea if you engage a number of Non EEA nationals on contract assignments.

At Commonwealth Contractors our experienced partners specialise in undertaking Immigration Compliance Audits and are happy to advise on suitable solutions where issues arise.

Immigration Compliance Audits include;hecks

  • Visa / Immigration Employment Document Compliance Checks
  • Biometric Residence Permit Compliance Checks
  • Immigration Compliance Reports Highlighting Compliance & Non Compliance
  • Suggestions and Guidance for rectifying visa Issues

Immigration Compliance Audits not only highlight current issues that need to be resolved but they also bring to attention areas in which issues may be faced down the line. For example a highly skilled Australian’s visa is going to expire a few months down the line and the client is keen to retain him or her. In such as situation our partner may be able to advise on suitable solutions to retain the consultant long term.

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European Solutions for UK Work Visa Holders

Do you have a Client in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France or the Republic of Ireland with a high end contract requirement? Are you looking to assign migrants, who need a visa to work in Europe, who are UK Work Visa Holders? If so Commonwealth Contractors can help to secure the Contractor a Vander Elst Visa!

UK Work Visas does not allow the holder to work freely in another European Country (e.g. Germany). To do that an individual would either need to;

  • Secure a country specific work visa (e.g. German Work Permit), OR
  • Gain a Vander Elst Visa.

At Commonwealth Contractors we work with established Consultancies who can help to secure Vander Elst Visas in respect of highly skilled IT, Engineering and Financial Services Professionals.

If you have a European contract requirement and you would like to assign a Non EEA National on a temporary UK Work Visa contact Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details to find out more!

Visa Requirements

Please note that Vander Elst Visa requirements and processes vary from country to country.

In order to qualify for a Vander Elst Visa a Contractor must have at least 3 months remaining on their UK Work Visa. If the Contractor does not have at least 3 months remaining it is highly unlikely that they will be able to secure a Vander Elst Visa.

To qualify the Contractor will need to provide the following documents:

  • Fully completed and signed application form
  • Original Passport
  • Evidence of the Contractors right to reside in the UK (i.e. Tier 1 or Tier 2 Visa)
  • Employer Declaration of Employment
  • Contact Details for the Client
  • Medical Insurance (normally Travel Insurance Policy)

Although processes vary from country to country approval times are normally fairly quick (ranging from 2 to 14 days).

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Turn Overseas CVs into Cash! (Tier 2 Work Permits)

Are you finding it difficult to secure high end IT, Engineering, Healthcare or Financial Services skills in the UK? Do you know a Non EEA National who possesses the skills and would be ideal but lacks a UK Work Visa? If so Commonwealth Contractors may be able to help!

At Commonwealth Contractors we specialise in working with Clients and Agencies over skill and experience combinations which are very difficult to find in the UK. Our consultancy partners are Tier 2 Licensed and may be prepared, where required, to sponsor a highly skilled professional on a Tier 2 General Visa (formerly UK Work Permit) for a project based assignment.

To discuss your situation and skill requirements with an experienced advisor call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

Skills / Roles in Demand in the UK

Although only a handful of roles are officially considered to be in shortage in the UK many more are (in practice) very difficult to recruit for due to a lack of highly skilled residents.

If you are finding it difficult to secure certain skills in the UK our partner may be able to sponsor a consultant under Tier 2 General and assign him or her to your client.

Many of the roles detailed below are often hard to find in the UK;

Sector

Skills & Roles in Demand

Information Technology

Senior Business Analysts, Systems Consultants, Project Leaders, Senior Systems Analysts, Development Team Leaders, Senior Systems Developers, Systems Architects, Senior Software Engineers etc – Only these roles + significant experience and niche skills are hard to find in the UK.

Engineering

Civil Engineers (including Petroleum Engineers, Subsea Engineers, Drilling Engineers, Mining Engineers), Mechanical Engineers in the Aerospace Sector, Electric Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Design & Development Engineers, Production & Process Engineers, Planning & Quality Control Engineers etc

Healthcare

Consultant Level Doctors & Non Consultant Level Doctors specialising in certain specialities

Financial Services

Actuaries in Life Assurance, General Insurance and Health & Care, Project Based Accountants

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Extend Expat Contractor Visas

Do you know a Contractor whose UK Work Visa is expiring? Are they a highly skilled IT, Engineering, Actuary or Financial Services Professional? If so Commonwealth Contractors may be able to help you extend their stay in the UK so that can continue to work on Contracts!

At Commonwealth Contractors we understand how valuable the right Consultant is! And we also understand how frustrating it can be to lose the right Consultant simply because a work visa is expiring.

If you know of a valuable Consultant whose work visa is expiring call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details to find out how we may be able to help you retain the Consultant past the expiry of his or her current visa!

Extend a Contractors stay – from Tier 1 Post Study Work

Tier 1 Post Study Work visas are valid for a period of 2 years from approval and non-extendable. The visa class is intended to be a bridge from Tier 4 Student to Tier 2 General (formerly the old UK Work Permit Scheme).

If you know of a high level consultant who is currently on Tier 1 Post Study Work and is capable of working on assignments for at least £250+ per day we may be able to help.

At Commonwealth Contractors we work with consultancy partners who may be prepared to take on a managed project and sponsor a consultant on a 3 year Tier 2 General Visa where required.

To find out more call now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

Extend a Contractors stay – from Tier 5 Youth Mobility

Each year hundreds of Australians and New Zealanders come to the UK on Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visas (formerly the old Working Holidaymaker Visa) to work as highly skilled IT Contractors, Accountants, Engineers etc. Historically many would transfer to Tier 1 General however this option is no longer available as the visa class has closed.

If one of your Consultants Tier 5 visas is due to expire in the next 3-6 months we may be able to help you transfer the Consultant from Tier 5 Youth Mobility to a 3 year Tier 2 General Visa. The process can be fairly straightforward (depending upon skills) however the Consultant will need to return to Australia / New Zealand for a 2 weeks to gain the new visa.

Extend a Contractors stay – from Tier 1 General

Occasionally a highly skilled professional on a Tier 1 General Visa (formerly HSMP) is unable to extend his or her visa for a further 2 years. This may be down to a lack of previous earnings, insufficient funds to validate the maintenance requirement or even an inadequate payment vehicle (e.g. Offshore Payments).

This can be a very frustrating situation as the Consultant (who is no doubt on a daily billing rate of £350+ per day) can no longer apply for a fresh visa due to the expiry of the Tier 1 General Visa class.

If you are working with a Consultant whose Tier 1 General visa is going to expire Commonwealth Contractors may be able to help you transfer him from a Tier 1 General Visa to a Tier 2 General Visa (formerly UK Work Permit) where required. The process is fairly straightforward if skill and experience combinations are niche and very difficult to find in the UK

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Information for UK Agencies

Are you finding it difficult to secure high end skills in the UK? Would you like to arrange to extend one of your Contractors visas? Or maybe you need to ensure that all of your Non EEA Contractors are 100% Visa Compliant? If so Commonwealth Contractors can help!

At Commonwealth Contractors we specialise in working with high level IT, Engineering, Medical and Financial Services Consultants from countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). Over the years we have helped countless agencies, clients and consultants solve issues and make the most of contracting in the UK.

Our Solutions include;

To find out more about Commonwealth Contractors and to discuss your situation with a professional Consultant either call now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

OISC Registered Partners

At Commonwealth Contractors we work with OISC registered Immigration Partners that specialise in dealing with highly skilled visa applications & extensions.

Commonwealth Contractors is the only organisation in the UK to offer comprehensive contracting & application / extension solutions to UK based agencies, clients and consultants.

Immigration Compliance

There have been more changes to the UK Immigration system since the introduction of the Points Based Immigration System in 2008 than the whole of the 20th Century put together!

Our OISC Immigration Partners can help to ensure that;

  • You stay compliant with all of the latest rules & regulations
  • Your business adapts to the ever changing Immigration landscape
  • Unique solutions are put in place to allow you to gain an advantage over the competition

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