On Tuesday 1 December 2015 Penningtons Manches will be hosting representatives from the Home Office, Tech London Advocates (TLA) and other technology professionals for another Home Office Hours session to discuss practical immigration solutions for tech companies and innovators. Home Office Hours is an exciting initiative that comprises a series of sessions held throughout the UK and overseas at which immigration officials present on a particular topic and then, together with immigration experts, conduct one-on-one sessions with attendees.
Held at the firm’s new London offices, the session will look at the new Tech Nation Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent) and explore how the inclusion of several digital job roles on the shortage occupation list can benefit the tech community.
This event is a must for entrepreneurs, those with exceptional talent in digital tech, and employers looking to start up and build technology businesses in the UK. The event will include an interactive presentation by UKVI and a panel discussion chaired by Russ Shaw, head of TLA, on immigration solutions for the tech sector between UKVI, Penningtons Manches, Migreat and Coadec.
From 19 November 2015, four job roles in the digital technology sector (product manager, data scientist, senior developer and cyber security specialist) will be added to the shortage occupation list. This will mean that Tier 2 sponsors will be able to hire migrants who meet a set criteria into these roles without the need for advertising.
The new Tech Nation visa will also be launched in November. Based on direct feedback from the tech sector which included TLA, UKVI has amended the criteria for the Tier 1 Exceptional Tech Talent visa. This will now include four new qualifying criteria targeting scale-ups, those with ‘exceptional promise’, powering the Northern Powerhouse, and overseas tech teams.
Pat Saini, head of Penningtons Manches' immigration team, says: “Both the inclusion of digital tech roles on the shortage occupation list and the Tech Nation visa are welcome news for the tech sector and are steps in the right direction to ensure that the UK remains a global tech hub.”
For details of the event and to reserve a place, please click here.