Editor's message: Employers sometimes want to recruit workers from outside the UK to fill a skills gap. However, there are restrictions on the employment of workers from outside the European Economic Area. If your organisation wishes to recruit a foreign national who is subject to immigration control to work in the UK, you must comply with the points-based immigration system.
If you want to employ foreign nationals as skilled workers under tier 2 of the points-based system, you must have a sponsor licence from the Home Office. An employer that fails to comply with its sponsor duties risks having its licence revoked.
Clio Springer, senior employment law editor
The Government has commissioned an in-depth report into how immigration will be managed after Brexit.
Updated to include details of the Government's proposal on the position of EU citizens living in the UK.
A new "UK settled status" could give EU migrants who have lived in the UK for five years the right to stay, under "fair and serious" proposals made by Theresa May at the EU summit in Brussels.
The Queen has outlined the minority Government's legislative programme for the next two years, concentrating on eight separate Brexit-related bills. However, some of the manifesto pledges made by the Conservatives have been omitted.
Updated to include a reference to the Government's announcement in the Queen's Speech that it will introduce an Immigration Bill.
More than half of non-UK skilled workers who work for FTSE 250 companies are likely to leave the UK before Brexit, according to a survey by law firm Baker McKenzie.
Employers are unprepared for the lower levels of migration pledged by the Government after the UK leaves the EU, a survey by think tank the Resolution Foundation suggests.
Labour would launch a policy to allow unskilled migrants into the UK after Brexit, according to a draft policy paper that has been leaked to the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail.
Net migration to the UK in 2016 fell by 25% to 248,000, but immigration experts warn of a Brexit brain drain as political rhetoric continues to make foreign nationals feel less secure in the UK.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the recruitment and retention of foreign nationals.