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08 April 2014

Is the government doing enough to encourage digital international talent to the UK?

Last week the government made a series of changes to the immigration rules which it hoped would help UK businesses employ skilled workers from overseas. The Home Office has opened up its Exceptional Talent visa to provide specific routes that international digital technologists can apply for. Tech City UK has become involved in the process; these visa applicants will go through Tech City who will then choose whether or not to endorse the highly skilled workers. The Home Office has said that through this endorsement, the top innovators and professionals will be able to come to the UK without the need for a sponsoring employer. Removing the need for sponsorship? Last September, Computer Weekly spoke to a number of startup technology companies who are finding it increasingly difficult to hire employees from outside the UK due to the lengthy and complicated visa application and sponsoring process. Victoria Sharkey, managing partner at the immigration law firm MediVisas, said, "Startups have had to jump through many hoops to get a ...

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