Which SOC Code?

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Matching the role you are recruiting for with the relevant SOC code is a crucial step when allocating a Certificate of Sponsorship to a new migrant worker. To hire skilled non-EEA employees under the Tier 2 route, employers must ensure the role they are seeking to fill meets prescribed conditions. The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) […]

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (A Guide!) | DavidsonMorris

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The following tier 2 certificate of sponsorship guide looks at how to apply for and assign a CoS when hiring a non-EEA worker, including the two different types of available certificate, and the associated costs. What is a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship? In order for an individual to make a valid application for entry […]

Immigration Skills Charge & Rising Costs of Hiring Skilled Migrant Workers

The latest planned changes to UK immigration rules take effect in April 2017. They bring with them considerable financial implications for employers of skilled workers from outside the EEA, namely those hiring under the Tier 2 route. New Immigration Skills Charge From 6 April 2017 organisations who sponsor Tier 2 migrant workers will have to pay […]

Planned changes to UK Immigration Rules April 2017

As a reminder, the following changes affecting business immigration take effect on 6 April 2017: Tier 2 salary threshold increases The second stage of minimum annual salary increases announced last year will be implemented from 6 April, raising the threshold from £25,100 to £30,000 for experienced workers. Applicants initially granted leave to enter or remain […]

New Priority Change of Circumstance Service for Tier 2 & Tier 5 Sponsors

The Home Office has introduced a new Priority Change of Circumstance Service for Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsors. As of 7 November 2016, Tier 2 and Tier 5 A-rated sponsors are able to apply for faster consideration of four types of change of circumstance requests: In-year Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) allocation Follow-on CoS allocation […]

Tier 2 Visa Costs for Employers

In pursuit of lower migration rates, the Government has increased visa fees and introduced new levies and charges for employers sponsoring workers on Tier 2 (General) Visas. Often, after agreeing to sponsor a foreign worker, employers are surprised by the hidden costs, particularly where the organisation has undertaken to pay all the Tier 2 visa […]

New Proposal to Change the Operation of Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship

Were you one of the sponsors who saw your requests for a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship being denied earlier this year? If so this may be good news for you? In June 2015, many sponsors faced their requests for a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship being denied due to the limit being reached, since April 2011 […]

Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship Application 2015

Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship application for April 2015 (Updated 23 March 2015) UKVI will accept applications to the April allocation from 6 March to 7 April. However, as these certificates cannot be assigned until after 6 April, applications will be assessed against the salaries set out in the new Codes of Practice (Appendix J). UKVI […]

Simple Steps to Pass a UKVI Audit

Scientists have discovered that humans make judgements on someone’s trustworthiness within the first 500 milliseconds of hearing their voice. It’s not quite that simple with a UKVI audit, however there’s no doubt that initial impressions can go a very long way to establish your credibility as a responsible and compliant Tier 2 sponsor. And poor initial impressions can […]

UKVI Emails Surrender Sponsor Licence

Surrender Sponsor Licence It has come to our attention that UKVI are contacting Authorising Officers of Licences which are not being used (i.e where organisations are not currently sponsoring anyone while the Licence is still valid) and haven’t been for some time to suggest that the Authorising Officer on behalf of the organisation may wish […]