COVID-19 Immigration Tier 2 Sponsor Guide

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What do Tier 2 sponsor licence holders need to be aware of during the COVID-19 crisis? The key message is that sponsor licence holders remain subject to their licence holder duties and should continue to follow compliant processes and systems. Only where there is specific guidance or exemptions from the Home Office should sponsors deviate […]

Tier 2 Visa Sponsorship By Umbrella Company?

If you are an employment agency or umbrella company, you can apply for a Tier 2 visa sponsorship licence but only to sponsor migrant workers who will be directly employed by you in connection with the running of your business. You cannot sponsor a migrant worker to supply them as labour to someone else, regardless […]

Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Revoked

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If an employer holding a Tier 2 sponsor licence does not satisfy the various compliance duties as required under the Immigration Rules, the Home Office has powers to take enforcement action by sending a notification letter stating that the organisation’s Tier 2 sponsor licence has been revoked or suspended pending further investigation. This can have […]

Sponsor Licence Revoked?

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A revoked sponsor licence will see your company lose its ability to¬†recruit and employ Tier 2 and Tier 5 non-EEA workers. With the resident labour market falling short in skilled talent across many sectors, sponsoring skilled migrant workers has for many organisations become essential in remaining competitive and even operational. The impact of losing a […]

Tier 2 Licence Suspended? (Act Now!)

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Receiving notification from the Home Office that your organisation’s Tier 2 licence has been suspended will be justifiable cause for panic and concern. How do you respond to the allegations? Does the suspension affect your migrant workers? How long will it take to resolve? Sponsor licence holders are subject to continued Home Office scrutiny. From […]

Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Renewal

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For many companies, the Tier 2 sponsor licence renewal application is a more demanding and involved process than the initial licence application. Preparation will be key. Your organisation should undertake proactive steps to ensure readiness for this process and the potential scrutiny which may result from the Home Office as to your organisation’s continued compliance […]

Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Expired

Where you discover your organisation’s Tier 2 sponsor licence has expired, you will need to take remedial action quickly to regain status as a sponsor licence holder. Without a valid sponsor licence, an organisation is not permitted to lawfully employ PBS visa holders. This leads to a number of immigration problems directly affecting the immigration […]

PBS Licence (Employer FAQs)

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If you are a UK employer looking to sponsor a migrant worker from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need to apply for a sponsor licence under the UK points-based system (PBS). Our business immigration specialists answer some frequently asked questions from employers about applying for and maintaining a ‘PBS […]

Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Application

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Under the Points Based System UK employers have to make a Tier 2 sponsor licence application before they can employ non-EEA workers. Employers who do not have a sponsor licence will be unable to hire new workers from outside the EU or extend work permits for current migrant employees.   What type of sponsor licence […]

Sponsor Licence (How to Apply!)

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With domestic skills shortages across the UK economy, employers in Britain are looking to the global talent market to meet their recruitment needs. But to employ skilled non-EEA workers, UK employers first have to apply for sponsor licence. A refusal rate of 15%, however, suggests employers are struggling to get the application process right.   […]