Individuals employed by higher education institutions with a Tier 4 sponsor licence are now eligible to apply. However, their dependants cannot apply with them and we anticipate this may limit take-up of the pilot scheme.
The scheme has also opened for looked after children under the care of Kent County Council, Lincolnshire County Council, London Borough of Haringey, London Borough of Waltham Forest and Sheffield City Council and for individuals receiving support from Ashiana Sheffield, Coram Children’s Legal Centre, East European Resource Centre Rights of Women, St Vincent Support Centre, The Cardinal Hume Centre and The Roma Support Group. Their applications are likely to be more complex and will be a better test of the scheme.
The third phase of the pilot is opening on 29 November 2018. This will cover individuals employed by an organisation in the health or social care sector in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.
The Government remains committed to opening the scheme for everyone at the end of March 2019. However, we still do not know if it will be possible for EU nationals to apply as and when they wish, or if there will be some further phasing, to try and avoid overload of the system.
For further information please contact Clare Hedges or Janice Leggett in our Immigration Team.
This article is from the November 2018 issue of Employment Law Update, our monthly newsletter on employment legislation and regulation. To download the latest issue, please visit the newsletter section of our website. Law covered as at November 2018.
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