This morning we held a webinar which covered the impact that mergers, acquisitions, demergers, and any other organisational restructures have on your Sponsor Licence and immigration compliance. This is a broad area in which we have specialised since the beginning of the Points Based System (PBS), which has attracted quite a bit of change since the inception of the PBS scheme.
It is impossible to go into a great deal of detail in a blog post due to the complex nature of the transactions that lead to these particular Sponsor Licence changes – for this, please contact us direct on 020 7494 0118 to get advice, support and assistance – however, we wanted to share with you a simple check list of ‘must dos‘ for when you are going through a restructure:
- Consider the immigration issues at an early stage of M&A. We appreciate and are acutely aware that more often than not, HR are the last to be advised when such a change is being discussed or about to happen; however, we always encourage clients to come to us as early as possible. Pre-planning is extremely important, and in fact, key.
- If you are required to apply for a new Sponsor Licence as a result of merger, take over or demerger, diarise the deadline for applying for a Sponsorship Licence with all supporting days within 20 days.
- Ensure that all relevant notifications are made within 20 days, in relation to the transaction, for example, change to migrant circumstances.
- Carry out the Right to Work checks within 60 days of a TUPE or similar agreement.