It is critical for your HR team to understand how the sponsorship system works and the many sponsorship duties your business is signed up to by holding a sponsor licence.
If the Home Office finds non-compliance at an audit, you can lose your sponsor licence and therefore, your ability to sponsor workers from outside the UK. The end of free movement for EEA nationals from 1 January 2021 means that many EEA nationals will require sponsorship. This places even greater emphasis on the importance of being compliant in order to keep your sponsor licence. As part of our broader Immigration solutions for HR, we offer a range of services designed to ensure that you understand the immigration routes for sponsoring workers, your sponsor duties, how your systems should work to minimise the risk of non-compliance, and what you can do to successfully survive an unexpected (or expected) Home Office audit.
Our solutions for sponsor compliance include:
- Toolkits – a Sponsor Compliance Guide which provides an overview of your duties, suggestions and templates to help you meet them – all in a reader-friendly, concise format
- Training – practical, in-depth sessions delivered by our expert immigration lawyers and tailored to the structure of your workforce and business, with lots of opportunity for you to get your questions answered
- Onsite support – we are able to come to your offices to review your compliance as part of a mock audit. The report provided will ensure you have specific feedback on what is working well and includes recommendations for any improvements to put you in the best position to manage and successfully pass a Home Office audit when it happens.
Full details of our Immigration Solutions for HR on Sponsoring Workers are in our flyer.
Survey raises question on whether sponsors may be missing reporting duties09 June 2020
We recently conducted an employer survey which revealed that only 10% of respondents had made reports on sponsored workers’ conditions changing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Immigration bill barring EU nationals accused of hypocrisy: Naomi Hanrahan-Soar comments for HR Magazine22 May 2020
In this article for HR Magazine, Naomi Hanrahan-Soar comments on how the government’s immigration bill can be seen as hypocritical for its proposal to end ‘unskilled’ immigration in December, ignoring the fact that many low-earning key workers are EU nationals.
Home Office expands shortage occupation list as part of Immigration Rule changes11 September 2019
The Home Office laid a new Statement of Immigration Rules (HC 2631) on 9 September, immediately before Parliament was prorogued.
Record keeping guidance for Points-Based System sponsors updated13 August 2019
The Home Office has made significant updates to Appendix D to the guidance for Points-Based System sponsors, which sets out sponsors’ record keeping duties.
Hospitality industry welcomes post-Brexit salary threshold review10 July 2019
On 24 June, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to review the £30,000 minimum salary threshold it proposed for sponsoring skilled workers in the post-Brexit immigration system, which is due to be rolled out from 1 January 2021. This move has been welcomed by the hospitality industry as an opportunity to ensure it can sponsor medium skilled workers from 2021 without having to pay substantially above market rates.
Joanna Hunt comments for Lexis Nexis: Spring Statement 2019: PHD-level jobs to be exempt from Tier 2 visa cap18 March 2019
Joanna Hunt has commented in an article for Lexis Nexis which discusses Philip Hammond's recent announcement that PHD-level occupations will be exempt from the Tier 2 (General) visa cap from Autumn 2019.
Tier 2 Sponsor Reference Book15 March 2019
This Sponsorship Tier 2 Compliance Guide is a useful reference for you and your colleagues to guide you through your duties as a sponsor licence holder.
Home Office publishes new immigration rules07 March 2019
The new rules have introduced a number of significant changes that employers need to consider.