Sponsor Licence Expired?

sponsor licence expired

If your organisation’s sponsor licence has expired and it has not been renewed, you will need to take action quickly to regain status as a sponsor licence holder. Without a valid sponsor licence, you are not permitted to lawfully employ sponsored migrant workers. This leads to a number of immigration problems directly affecting the immigration […]

6 Steps To Pass A Home Office Inspection

A Home Office inspection can be a cause of real concern for organisations. The Home Office has powers to investigate employers to ensure they are meeting their obligations under the prevention of illegal working regime and if they are licenced sponsors, to ensure the employer is meeting its sponsor licence duties. While immigration compliance may […]

Home Office Sponsor Compliance Visits

The Home Office has confirmed it is resuming onsite compliance inspections following the temporary suspension of compliance auditing due to the pandemic. Organisations with pending sponsor licence applications are expected to be the initial focus, but employers in general are advised to take action to review their immigration compliance to avoid Home Office scrutiny and […]

Sponsor Licence Key Personnel Duties

One of the requirements on sponsor licence holders is that they appoint key personnel to be responsibile for certain duties related to managing the organisation’s licence. Key personnel must be appointed into the following roles when making an application for a sponsor licence: Authorising Officer Key Contact Level 1 User   Once the sponsor licence […]

Authorising Officer SMS & Compliance Duties

Among the many compliance duties placed on sponsor licence holders is the requirement to nominate an ‘Authorising Officer’ as one of the key personnel roles. It will be critical for the individual holding this role to fully understand the extent and importance of their duties as the AO, since the Home Office can impose significant […]

Appendix D Sponsor Licence Records

appendix d sponsor licence

One of the common areas of immigration compliance risk among sponsor licence holders relates to record-keeping. Sponsor licence holders must retain the relevant documents as listed in Appendix D. Failure to comply with your sponsor duties, such as record-keeping, can lead to the sponsor licence being downgraded, suspended or even revoked. In turn, this can […]

Mergers, Acquisitions & Sponsor Licences

Merger will affect sponsor licence

How will a merger affect your sponsor licence? Mergers, acquisitions or any type of organisational restructure are inherently complex projects. While resources and attention for the restructuring process are typically focused on finance, taxation and stakeholder communications, one area which is commonly overlooked is immigration compliance. If your organisation is undergoing a change in ownership or a change […]

How To Comply With Sponsor Licence Duties

Sponsor licence duties

You’ve successfully navigated the Home Office sponsorship licence application process, and have been granted a sponsor licence. Time to put your feet up? Unfortunately not! This is where the hard work really starts. Sponsor licences permit organisations to access the global talent market and recruit non-UK resident workers, but they come with onerous compliance duties […]

Sponsor Management System: User Guide

Sponsor management system

As a licensed sponsor you are subject to a number of strict duties to ensure compliance with the UK Immigration Rules and to prevent illegal working. These duties include monitoring and reporting certain activities about sponsored workers and assigning certificates of sponsorship (CoS) to skilled visa workers. The Sponsor Management System (SMS) is the Home Office’s […]

Resident Labour Market Test (HR Guide)

The Resident Labour Market Test is one of the more challenging requirements of hiring under the Points Based System. While your organisation may already have a tried and tested recruitment policy and process for advertising job roles, as a sponsor licence holder you will need to ensure this satisfies the stringent and particular criteria under […]