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L evel: Beginner – Intermediate
For those new to business immigration or wanting to refresh their knowledge, this is a fun and informative session aimed at beginner to intermediate level and designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to:
· Business visitors
· Sponsorship and Skilled Workers
· The Global Business Mobility routes
· Alternatives to sponsorship for Students, Graduates, and young people
· Entrepreneurs, innovators and exceptional talent under the rules
· Right to Work checks
· 2024 changes to the business visitor and sponsored worker routes
This course will not cover GBM routes in detail.
The course is designed for immigration practitioners holding basic UK immigration law knowledge who wish to develop their practice in the area of business immigration.
Tutors: Shara Pledger, Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons and Gary McIndoe, Managing Partner at Latitude Law
Gary has practised UK-inbound immigration, nationality and refugee law for almost 30 years. His first taste of work in his field was at the Home Office, where his role included policy work on the return of Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1997.
He founded Latitude Law, where he is managing partner, in 2007. Gary has recognised expertise in guiding businesses, from start-ups to multinationals, through sponsor licensing and related regulatory processes. He is also noted for his work in the arts & entertainment sector and with high-net-worth individuals, with particular focus on the global talent route. Gary continues to oversee complex asylum and deportation work.
Gary is registered as a foreign lawyer with the Brussels Barreau and regularly works from Latitude Law’s subsidiary office in Brussels servicing EU clients. He is ranked by Chambers & Partners in both High Net Worth and Business Immigration, and by Legal 500. He is a Corporate Immigration Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal for 2024.
Shara has worked in the area of UK immigration since 2010 and heads up the immigration team within Pinsent Masons UK. She handles sponsor licensing applications for employers as well as other complex Points Based System issues. Shara has comprehensive experience with applications for entrepreneurs/innovators and investors, and with assisting highly skilled migrants seeking endorsements as ‘Global Talent’.
Shara is a co-convener of the ILPA North West working group.
Shara delivers ILPA’s ‘Introduction to Business Immigration Law’ and ‘Employing Migrant Workers: Tier 2, sponsorship & alternatives’ training.