US SME Exports: Trade-Related Barriers Affecting Exports of US Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to the United Kingdom This month BAB is partnering with the USITC on listening sessions around the UK to hear from US SMEs on trade related barriers that disproportionately affect US SMEs exporting into the UK.
The UK government has now published its long-awaited Immigration White Paper, including proposals for new rules to be phased in from 2021. It has also indicated that a wider public test phase for the EU Settlement Scheme will be open from 21 January 2019. What does this mean for your business and what should you be doing now to support your existing affected employees and plan for your future workforce?
The long-delayed immigration white paper was published on 19 December 2018. The key proposals for the new immigration system to be phased in from 2021 include: A skilled workers route open to all nationalities (i.e. no preferential immigration rules for new European Economic Area (EEA) arrivals following the Brexit implementation period). Those coming to the UK under the skilled workers route will need an employer to sponsor them (indicating a process similar to Tier 2 of the Points Based System, the current main UK work visa route).