Coronavirus Pandemic – the current COVID-19 pandemic has huge implications for the UK immigration system. New guidelines and advice are emerging daily, we will highlight the key information and provide advice on our dedicated Coronavirus Immigration page, please check it regularly.
The immigration team at David Gray is fully operational and working from home to help and advise you on all areas of immigration law by telephone, email or videoconference. Please contact us by email or call Molly on 0191 232 9547.
Update: 7 May 2020. The Home Office have issued guidance on particular areas of UK immigration affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.They have issued guidance for Tier 2, 4 & 5 Sponsors about how they will consider applications and also on specific issues that might ordinarily be potential breaches of the Sponsor Guidance during this time. Here is the link to that guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-tier-2-4-and-5-sponsors
Ensuring the recruitment and retention of skilled persons is key to the success of businesses. Our immigration solicitors represent both employers and employees to enable skilled workers to come to or remain in the UK to work in Tier 2 and Tier 5.
What is a Sponsor Licence?
For a business to employ skilled workers from outside EEA in Tier 2 or temporary workers in Tier 5, they first need to apply for a Sponsor Licence from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). The business must be able to demonstrate that they are an established entity in the UK and have appropriate systems in place to monitor the migrant workers they wish to sponsor.
The obligations on employers can be onerous. They effectively operate the functions of the UKVI in monitoring migrant workers’ attendance and absences and take on rigorous reporting and record keeping duties.
Sponsor compliance visits
Compliance visits can be carried out by the UKVI both pre and post granting of a sponsor licence and may be announced or unannounced.
If compliance issues arise, the implications for a business can be very serious including the suspension and even revocation of a sponsor licence and being barred from holding one for a period of time, affecting the ability to continue to employ migrant workers in key posts.
How can we help?
Our business immigration solicitors assist employers at every stage of the process, providing advice on the process of obtaining a sponsor licence and the obligations placed on an employer, to ensure that their business is able to comply with the sponsor duties from the outset.
We also advise on immigration compliance including where Sponsor Licences are suspended and revocation threatened, right to work checks and civil penalties.
We can also assist employees with work visa applications including initial applications, extensions of stay and Indefinite Leave to Remain for them and their family members.
The following government information may also be useful https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-tier-2-4-and-5-sponsors
Contact us to find out how we can assist you.
Alternatively, you can book an appointment and visit us at one of our North East offices:
56 Westgate Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5XU
142 Fowler Street, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 1PZ