It is critical for your HR team to understand how the sponsorship system works and the many 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.
UK immigration strategies for EEA business travellers and workers from 202127 August 2020
EEA nationals and their employers are now turning their minds towards how frequent business/work travellers and cross-border commuters can continue to come to the UK from 2021. For some, the best solution may be offered by the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), but there are also other options to consider.
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.
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.
MAC launches six-week call for evidence on shortage occupations18 May 2020
Employers have until 24 June 2020 to provide their views on what occupations should be on the shortage occupation lists for UK sponsored skilled migration from 1 January 2021.
Government plans to go ahead with reformed points-based immigration system despite COVID-1917 April 2020
On 9 April 2020 the Home Office released an update for employers on the new points-based immigration system due to take effect from January 2021. Despite the disruption caused by COVID-19, the Home Office still intends to go ahead with the new immigration system within the time-frame outlined in their policy statement released on 19 February 2020.
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.