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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.

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