Patrick Lewis summarises the possible approaches to challenging a sponsor licence suspension of revocation.
“Sponsor licenses are issued by the Home Office for a period of four years. However, the Home Office maintain the power at any time to suspend or revoke that licence if they consider that a sponsor is failing to comply with their duties as a sponsor holder.
“So if you were to receive a letter which is first of all alleging that you failed to comply with those duties and is advising that suspension is being considered, one of the main things to do is to actually look at the reasons that are being provided by the Home Office.
“Are they factually correct? Can they be addressed through evidence or through explanation? Can they be considered to be so serious that the licence can justifiably be suspended? And of course then that would have to require the actual allegations to be placed in the context of the organisation and the way in which the business has been operating.”