Calling Time on Rogue Landlords and Agents in London

Calling Time on Rogue Landlords and Agents in London

The Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker has been launched that will allow tenants to check landlords and agents before they sign a tenancy agreement.

The checker, from the Mayor of London, lists those landlords and lettings agents who have been successfully prosecuted or have faced civil enforcement action for housing offences, along with details of the offences and the properties to which they relate.

At the moment, 10 of the 32 London councils have published data (equivalent to 25% of renters), with another 8 councils to submit data in the coming weeks.

Property Rental Prices in Great Britain: November 2017

Property Rental Prices in Great Britain: November 2017

Private Rental Prices Still Increasing in England, Scotland and Wales

  • Rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) increased by 1.4% in the 12 months to November 2017.

  • Rental prices for Great Britain excluding London increased by 1.8% in the 12 months to November 2017.

  • Rental prices for London increased by 0.6% in the 12 months to November 2017. This is the lowest annual increase in London since October 2010.

150 blueground homes ready for occupation in Dubai

UAE-based corporate hospitality company blueground said work has been completed on 150 of its fully-furnished rental apartments located in some of the most popular areas of Dubai and the units are now ready for occupation.

A major player in Dubai, blueground leases and upgrades high-quality properties in the most sought-after locations, and subsequently rents them out to business travelers for mid-to-long term duration.

Celsium Powered by Brunel - City Centre Office Relocation

Celsium Powered by Brunel - City Centre Office Relocation

You may have read last week that Celsium Global Mobility Solutions has been acquired by Brunel International N.V., a leading global workforce mobilisation company headquartered in the Netherlands. If you haven't heard this exciting news, you can catch up here.

As part of the acquisition, Celsium Global Mobility Solutions has been rebranded as Celsium Powered by Brunel and we have relocated to new offices based in the heart of Birmingham's city centre business district. 

Brunel International N.V. Acquires Celsium Ltd.

Brunel International N.V. Acquires Celsium Ltd.

We are delighted to announce Celsium’s acquisition by Brunel International N.V., a leading global workforce mobilisation company headquartered in the Netherlands. Celsium extends Brunel’s global mobility capabilities and brings further expertise for continued innovation in the staffing and employee mobility markets.

Celsium triumphs at City of Birmingham Business Awards

Celsium triumphs at City of Birmingham Business Awards

We are delighted to announce that Celsium has won the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ category in the City of Birmingham Business Awards 2017.

The inaugural City of Birmingham Business Awards, which was held to celebrate outstanding individual and corporate success throughout the region, was hosted by Downtown in Business. The gala awards dinner, presented by Heart FM’s Ed James and Downtown’s founder and chief executive

Oman plans to build new airport in Musandam

Oman’s government is planning to develop a new airport in the Musandam region as part of its efforts to boost the transport infrastructure in the Sultanate.

This will be the country's sixth airport, in addition to Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, Duqm and Khasab, according to Times Of Oman.

Brexit deters some international staff from London tech firms - survey

One in three tech companies in London have seen talks with potential international hires fall through due to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

According to a survey from industry body Tech London Advocates, nearly two-thirds of London’s tech entrepreneurs believe Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has already damaged the international reputation of the city’s tech sector, although they still said it was the best place for start ups.

EEA and international migrant workers in the UK labour market

EEA and international migrant workers in the UK labour market

In July 2017, the Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and also on how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy.

The areas outlined below provide a general indication of the information the MAC is reviewing:

Part 1 - EEA Migration Trends

Part 2 - Recruitment Practices, Training & Skills

Part 3 - Economic, Social and Fiscal Impacts

Celsium nominated for City of Birmingham Business Awards

The inaugural City of Birmingham Business Awards, known as #COBBA17, is held to celebrate outstanding individual and corporate success throughout the region and will be hosted by Downtown in Business on the evening of Thursday 9th November at Edgbaston Stadium.

EU workers reluctant to relocate for a UK job

Employers in the UK are finding it harder to fill jobs after the steepest decline in candidate availability for 16 months, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

The REC report which compiled data from 400 recruitment companies shows Brexit influence on the jobs market as workers become more reluctant to move jobs and EU nationals less likely to relocate to the UK due to uncertainty over future immigration rules.

UK: Immigration Fee Changes

The UK Home Office will implement updated fees for immigration and nationality applications from Thursday 6th April 2017.

Previous years have seen advance warning from the Home Office that changes would take place; this year, the fee increases were laid before Parliament just days ago with no official announcement.

There are to be increases to fees across a number of immigration categories, with the most significant increase to an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain, or Settlement, made from within the UK. The charge for an application of this type will increase by £422 to £2297.

US: February Visa Bulletin Update

USCIS has determined that, next month, it will only accept employment-based adjustment of status applications from foreign nationals with a priority date that is current for final action under the State Department’s February Visa Bulletin.

Employment-Based Priority Date Cut-offs for February 2017

To be eligible to file an employment-based adjustment application in February, employer-sponsored foreign nationals must have a priority date that is earlier than the date listed below for their preference category and country.

US: President Trump Suspends Entry of Foreign Nationals from Seven Countries

President Donald J. Trump has signed an executive order that reportedly suspends the entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the United States for a period of 90 days, or through April 27, 2017. The order also reportedly suspends a worldwide program that exempted certain visa renewal applicants from consular interviews.

Although the order has been signed and is in effect, the Administration has not yet released the final signed text. The following guidance is based on Fragomen’s analysis of a draft. The final published order may differ, and Fragomen will provide updates as necessary when it is released.

UAE: New Emiratisation and Labour Market Testing Program Creates More Recruitment Rules for Employers

In order to increase the amount of local workers in the private sector, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has launched a National Program for Emiratisation called ‘Tawteen’. The program implements a new labour market testing platform called ‘Tawteen Gate’, which requires selected companies to create job advertisements accessible to UAE nationals seeking employment before those employers can hire foreign nationals

Bulgaria: New Notification and Document Retention Requirement for Foreign Employers Seconding Employees

Foreign employers seconding employees to Bulgaria must comply with new notification and document retention rules by February 10, 2017.

Notification Rule Details

Foreign employers seconding employees to Bulgaria must file a form with the Labor Inspectorate by February 10, 2017. The foreign employer may authorise the Bulgarian host entity to file the form on its behalf through a representative employee.

US: President Trump Expected to Suspend Entry of Foreign Nationals from Seven Countries

President Donald J. Trump is expected to sign an executive order that will suspend the entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the United States for a period of 30 days, according to a published draft of the order. The executive order is also expected to suspend a worldwide program that exempted certain visa renewal applicants from consular interviews.

The executive order is expected to be issued Thursday, though it could be delayed.  The following information is based on Fragomen’s analysis of the published draft.  The final order could differ.

Bolivia: Foreign Nationals Must Complete Mandatory Registration Process by April 2017

Foreign nationals currently living in Bolivia (with or without a visa) must register online before immigration by April 2017, according to a new immigration policy implemented due to increased security efforts.

Registration Details

Foreign nationals must complete an online form on the immigration authority website and take it to the immigration authority office to submit fingerprints and take a photograph.

UK: Allocation Of Certificates Of Sponsorship Open

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) have advised that sponsors are now able to apply to renew their allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) in Tier 2 (General) .

The present allocations will expire on 5th April 2017.   

Some sponsors’ allocations will be "automatically renewed”, in which case nothing is required from the sponsor.  

However, UKVI will contact other sponsors via email three months before 5th April 2017, and monthly thereafter, by way of reminder

UK: Criminal Record Certificate Requirement for Entry Clearance Process to be Extended

Tier 2 visa applicants who are applying to work in certain occupations within the education, health and social care sectors on or after April 2017 will need to provide a criminal record certificate from any country in which they have lived for 12 months or more in the past 10 years as part of their entry clearance application. The requirement will also apply to their adult dependants. The new requirement may delay documentation gathering during the entry clearance process.