Ensuring the recruitment and retention of skilled persons is key to the success of businesses. We 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.
For a business to employ skilled workers from outside EEA in Tier 2 or temporary workers in Tier 5, they first need to apply 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.
Compliance checks 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.
We assist employers at every stage of the process, providing advice on the process of obtaining a Sponsor Licence and the obligations place 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.
Contact us to find out how we can assist you.