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.
Immigration Law Academy19 April 2023
We are pleased to share with you our next dates for our highly popular immigration law academy. Our academy is delivered in a practical and engaging way, using real-life examples, and case studies to bring the issues to life.
Mock sponsor licence audit28 February 2023
In this session we will walk you through a Home Office sponsor audit for a work route sponsor.
What’s happening in immigration law in 2023?05 January 2023
Employers may receive mixed messages on immigration in 2023 as the Government grapples with addressing skills shortages while aiming to bring down net migration. As the recession bites, the Home Office may step up compliance activities for sponsors and on right to work.
Helpful guidance updates for sponsors of workers30 November 2022
The Home Office released updated sponsor guidance on 9 November 2022, in line with the Autumn Immigration Rule updates. This includes some potentially helpful changes for sponsors of workers, however there are some areas of ambiguity as well as some upcoming changes that sponsors should be aware of.
Sponsorship of workers in the UK – 28 September 202213 October 2022
Due to the current low unemployment rate in the UK and the effects of Brexit on movement of workers, more employers are applying for or holding sponsor licences to recruit workers from abroad. The benefits can be substantial, but considerable preparation is involved and sponsorship comes with various duties and responsibilities.
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.