Sponsoring Migrant Workers
Lewis Silkin provides a comprehensive service to guide employers through every stage of sponsorship.
The Home Office’s Points Based System requires UK employers to obtain a sponsor licence before employing non-EEA nationals.
We can advise on the HR systems your organisation should have in place to comply with the Home Office’s requirements for sponsors. We are able to rely on extensive experience and a long-standing relationship with the Home Office to ensure that your organisation’s experience of applying for a sponsor licence is as smooth as possible.
We can also guide employers carefully through the sponsoring of each non-EEA national.
Our team is international and includes English, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish and Armenian speaking members. We will be able to explain complex legal issues in your native language.
Home Office updates Immigration Health Surcharge procedure for sponsored workers07 February 2022
From 1 February 2022, the Home Office has corrected its Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) portal to address previous undercharging for sponsored workers.
Using the International Agreement visa route to sponsor contractual service suppliers12 October 2021
The latest Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules rebrands the T5 International Agreement route as the International Agreement route from 9 am on 11 October 2021. In this article, we look at how the route can be used to bring contractual service suppliers to the UK, and which business scenarios may benefit from it.
Home Office strategy statement on legal migration and border control – what’s in it?03 June 2021
As part of the government’s ‘new plan for immigration’ the Home Office released a strategy statement on 24 May 2021 setting out its plans for legal migration and border control. It provides an overview of what is an ambitious programme of change, spanning both operational and policy transformation.
Your ten point plan for the Autumn26 August 2020
This infographic sets out ten key considerations for employers following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Home Office issues communications to sponsors about licence renewals13 August 2020
The Home Office has now started to make early contact with sponsors whose licences are due to expire up until the end of the year. These sponsors will be able to apply to renew their licences earlier than the usual maximum 90 days before expiry.
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.
Joanna Hunt writes for LexisNexis: UK Immigration Rules - discriminatory against women?24 July 2019
Joanna Hunt has written an article for Lexis Nexis that discusses the extent to which the UK Immigration Rules can be seen as discriminatory against women.
Joanna Hunt writes for HR review - Is the Tier 2 system in crisis?04 June 2018
There is another potential crisis brewing for the Home Office. The last few months has seen a number of developments which expose the failings of the Tier 2 system, the work permit category of the immigration rules. Joanna Hunt asks, is the Tier 2 system in crisis?