It is imperative that licence holders understand sponsor duties and responsibilities because if compliance is not met, the Home Office can suspend or even revoke your Sponsor Licence.
HR Support & Training
The sponsor licence comes with several duties and responsibilities that the organisation must adhere to in maintaining the licence status. Even experienced HR teams can find it difficult to keep up with the latest changes in UK immigration law, policy and best practice.
The Home Office regularly update their extensive lists of published guidance and appendices on sponsorship. It is therefore vital that any business employing migrants must be fully aware of their duties and responsibilities and the potential pitfalls of failing to act on what may initially appear to be routine or administrative issues.
We offer businesses a bespoke advice on compliance issues under the sponsor licence requirements to ensure that they can maintain their licence rating and ensure that the key personnel are kept updated on rule changes which affect your business.
As part of the sponsor duties, the organisation must report on any relevant changes for example, changes to your business structure or a migrants change of circumstances via the Sponsorship Management System (SMS) in a timely manner. The company must also retain certain migrant documentation to ensure full compliance with the sponsorship requirements.
How can we assist?
Our Immigration lawyers at City Legal have immense experience in assisting small businesses and multinational companies in sponsor licence matters including new applications, dealing with suspensions and revocations, HR & Compliance audits with action plans and training, sponsoring migrant workers as well as dealing with day to day sponsor licence obligations.
Our service extends to all aspects of sponsorship, including conducting a mock immigration audit prior to any Home Office visits and providing an action plan or training the organisation on meeting sponsor compliance. We also offer bespoke sponsor licence assistance on retainer packages. Our compliance training may include:
Frequently Asked Questions
The maximum duration of Tier 2 General visa is upto six years unless an exemption applies. Individuals may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after spending 5 years under this category, if they meet all other requirements.
The Home Office takes the view that as employers benefit directly from sponsorship, they must play their part in ensuring the system is not abused.