FAQs: Immigration and employment
Where are immigration and employment claims made?
Both immigration and employment claims are made in tribunals. Employment disputes are made to the Employment Tribunal. Immigration appeals are made to the First-tier Tribunal. Previously, immigration claims were made to the Immigration and Asylum Chambers.
What rights to work in the UK exist?
Anyone who wishes to work in the UK must have the right to work in the UK. Usually, this is obtained by holding a valid visa or working permit. Working in the UK without a valid visa or working permit is illegal. Serious penalties can be applied, including ejection from the country and even detention.
What visas are available for immigration in the UK?
There are a range of visa options available for people who wish to move to the UK to work. Many people choose to get sponsored by their company. Alternatively, the points-based system is the most common method of obtaining a visa or working permit. Under this system there are different tiers of visas, each with different requirements.
What can immigrants with employment disputes do?
Immigrants are sometimes subjected to unfair treatment at work or made to work in harsh conditions. There are laws in the UK which require all employees to be paid the minimum wage. There are also laws requiring all employees to be provided with decent working conditions which ensure their health, safety and welfare. If these rights are not provided, employees can make a claim against their employer in the Employment Tribunal.
How can solicitors help with immigration and employment claims?
Immigration solicitors can work with you to obtain the correct visa or working permit to allow you to work legally in the UK. If you encounter any difficulties in your employment, such as a breach of your employment rights by your employer, an employment solicitor can assist you to resolve the dispute. Ongoing issues with your visa or working permit should be referred to your immigration solicitor.
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