UK - Home Office announces temporary changes for job switchers

People holding a work permitwho are changing employment will be able to start working for a newemployer on the strength of the work permit permission letter grantedto the new employer providing they have an existing leave to remaincovering all or parts of the period of the new employment.

Individualswill then have to submit a further leave to remain application beforetheir existing one expires, or within six months, whichever is sooner.As the employer's work permit will have been approved, and theindividual will still have to submit a further leave to remainapplication, this does not undermine immigration controls in any way.

Followingrequests from customers, this new interim arrangement is in force as ofNovember this year. However, the Home Office will be reviewing theirdecision around New Year.

The Home Office says it is aware ofthe problems caused for workers seeking to change employment due tolong application processing times and therefore enforced thesetemporary changes

For more information about living and working in the UK, please visit our UK Work Permits page.