Under what is officially known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the UK Government will pay 80% of staff wage costs (up to £2,500 a month) so long as employers keep employees on the books rather than making them outright redundant.
For avoidance of doubt HM Revenue and Customs guidance says:
“Foreign nationals are eligible to be furloughed. Grants under the scheme are not counted as ‘access to public funds’, and you can furlough employees on all categories of visa.”
Sponsors will need to report that employee has been furloughed, and any reduction in salary if not making up the extra 20%.
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