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 run-up to April is typically a busy time of year for HR professionals, with new employment legislation due to come into force. 2017 is no exception, with the most significant development being the introduction of the gender pay gap reporting duty for larger employers. However, there are a number of other key changes affecting all employers, regardless of their size.
Updated to take into account the Spring Budget 2017 announcement concerning the national insurance employment allowance and illegal working.
Updated to reflect that, from April 2017, overseas criminal record certificates must be provided by tier 2 visa applicants and their adult dependants.
The Government's Brexit White Paper reiterates the importance of providing certainty on the immigration status of EU workers already based in the UK and UK nationals already working in the EU.
At the top of the agenda for Brexit negotiations will be freedom of movement and the status of EU citizens working in the UK. We report on how and when these issues are likely to be settled.
Enhanced to include information about the requirement to obtain Home Office approval for change of circumstances, including details of the Home Office priority service for doing so.
We discuss the key legislative developments affecting employers in 2017, including: gender pay gap reporting; the apprenticeship levy; public-sector exit payments and changes to statutory rates.
Employers will be able to reduce costs when recruiting international talent if they can "frontload" next year's recruitment before April, says Sophie Barrett-Brown - head of the UK practice at Laura Devine Solicitors.
Significant employment law changes are anticipated for 2017, amid the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the Brexit referendum.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to the recruitment and retention of foreign nationals.