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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Legal Update – Employment

Some updates from our legal expert.

And, on ‘Right To Work’ issues:

  • Changes to criteria for tier 1 (entrepreneurs, investors and exceptional talent) and tier 2 (skilled) visas over the past year.
  • New tier 5 provision for permitted paid engagements allows some academics, professionals and entertainers to enter the UK and do paid work for up to one month, without formal sponsorship.
  • A case where it was held to be race discrimination not to allow job applications from people who are not EEA nationals.



  • Workers registration scheme for nationals of most central and eastern European EU member states ended last year.
  • Work authorisation rules for nationals of Bulgaria and Romania extended until 31 December 2013.
  • Rules similar to those for Bulgaria and Romania expected to apply when Croatia joins the EU on 1 July 2013.
  • Changes to rules for family members of European Economic Area nationals – in effect from 8 November 2012.

For information on all of theses, see