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Immigration and Global Mobility Update

Immigration:

New Plan for Immigration: Legal Migration and Border Control

 

The UK Home Office are working on improving critical infrastructure to support a range of Home Office systems, and those of key security partners, law enforcement and other Government Departments. To deliver a fully digital end-to-end system, they are working with carriers on how they best deliver information to them on an individualā€™s permission to travel.

At present, visa nationals in particular will need to show the carrier a physical document to prove they are eligible to enter the UK, generally before they board. They intend to provide that information directly to the carriers in digital format.

Looking further into border and immigration system beyond 2022, the UK Home Office stated:

  • As part of a phased programme to 2025, UKVI will introduce a universal ā€˜permission to travelā€™ requirement which will require everyone wishing to travel to the UK (except British and Irish citizens) to seek permission in advance of travel.
  • Their ETA scheme will be fully in place by the end of 2024, and they expect to process up to 30 million ETA applications per year.
  • The intention is to significantly increase the use of automation, in particular ensuring that the majority of all arrivals to the main UK ports will pass through some form of contactless corridor or automated gates for identity and security checks.
  • Business visitor arrangements, coupled with the ability for individuals from certain countries to use the e-gates (except for specific purposes), will continue to facilitate short term business mobility.
  • Introduce biometrics reuse to enable fingerprints to be enrolled once only and details updated remotely and securely by the individual.
  • Their vision for 2024 is to move to a situation where the vast majority of identity checks are undertaken digitally, reducing significantly the need for an individual to attend a VAC overseas or in the UK.
  • The majority of physical documents currently held by individuals to evidence their status will expire by the end of 2024, by which time they plan to have a fully digital system in place.

Global Mobility:

Brexit and its effect on Household Goods (HHG) removal services

 

Now that the United Kingdom (UK) has withdrawn from the European Union (EU), they will not be part of the European Union Customs Union and European Single Market during a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020.

As a result, this will impact and change the way the UK now does business with the EU after 47 years of being a member state.

One of the many elements this will have a major impact on will be the relocations industry, especially the effect on the HHG removal services in and out of the UK.

We have teamed up with a vetted partner, to address some key considerations as follows:

  1. What happens/will happen at the borders whether in or out of the UK? Up until recently there was a 9-point process for export and import customs procedures, including the need for inbound clients to the UK to fill in their Transfer of Residence (ToR) application form. This process was recently reduced to a 7-point process and does not currently mean that your clients need to do anything other than for specific instructions that might come from their relocation provider
  2. Is any duty payable? Yes, in very much the same way as already happens for deep sea and air shipments.
  3. What paperwork is required? ToR application and advice on reasons why the move is requested (company name or personal move). Previously, the ToR process only applied for shipments coming into the UK from outside of the EU.Ā  However, all shipments coming into the UK are likely to be subject to the ToR process
  4. Will there be an extended lead time? Lead times have steadily been decreasing but now there is a need for the relocation providerā€™s own export and import documentation to be completed ahead of any shipments being carried over the sea.
  5. How is a relocation provider company such as our vetted partner adapting their services to accommodate for these changes? Our vetted partner has been ready since last year and even prior to the Governmentā€™s advice been given and have diligently kept abreast of the situation so that neither you or your clients need to be affected in any way other than the ToR application and allowing for any time required for customs clearances. Our vetted partner are also providing up to date training internally to ensure quality of service and accurate information is always provided.

In conclusion, all relocation providers are still experiencing the above and new changes/challenges on a daily basis but only those that will quickly adapt to these changes will eventually get ahead of their competitors by providing an accurate and quality service.

Please review the FEDEMAC BREXIT GUIDE that will provide up to date guidance on the removals process between the UK and the EU member states.

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