The Home Office may conduct a premises audit on licenced sponsor organisations either as part of pre-licence checks or compliance visit further to licence approval. This is to make sure that the information provided as part of the sponsor licence application is accurate and that organisations are able and continuing to comply with the duties and responsibilities of a licensed sponsor.
The compliance officer visiting the business premises may give prior notice of the visit or come unannounced. The compliance team will be assessing the organisation, it’s practices and the facts given on the initial application or any other changes on the sponsor management system. They will generally be assessing the below.
The compliance visit may last from 3 to 5 hours and any migrant workers and key personnel may be interviewed as part of the process. The compliance officer will not normally inform the outcome of the visit during the audit and it is normal for them to request some business documents to be sent to them after the visit. If the compliance visit finds any issues, the new licence application will be normally refused and any licence already granted may be suspended or revoked. In some cases, the Home Office might decide to downgrade the organisation’s A rating to B rating, and provide an action plan for the organisation to gradually go back to the previous rating.
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. Our mock audit provides the HR managers and Key Personnels valuable insights into Home Office practice and procedures and ensure sponsor compliance at levels. Our mock audit may include the below.
We will provide a comprehensive report and action plan further to the mock audit which will include our expert recommendations on how to improve the existing practices. We are a multi award winning law firm and pride ourselves in being approachable, innovative and always going that extra mile to make sure our clients receive the individual attention they deserve. We have the privilege of working with some of the most well-known companies in the world. Our Immigration team maintains a high reputation and is committed to provide clear, transparent and reliable advice to our clients.