How will the new immigration system affect architects?

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Lucy Monks explains what practices and architects need to know about the changes coming into force in January

As the UK falls into recession and the global economic outlook is particularly uncertain, it seems fair to predict that many practices will be reviewing staffing levels, and that the pipeline of talent coming through schools of architecture might change.

But employers and employees also need to start thinking about something else – and that’s the new immigration system, because we know it’s going to change in a fairly fundamental way from January.

The new system will cover those entering the UK from the EU and beyond. Because the majority of the UK’s current international architects are EU nationals most recruiters and individuals have never had to deal with the system which has a (not entirely undeserved) reputation for being bureaucratic and slow.

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