UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) is always changing its policies and it has become harder to employ foreign workers from outside the EEA (European Economic Area region).
A sponsor licence is required for companies who are looking to employ foreign nationals, this is granted by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Once you have applied for your sponsor licence you will be given a licence rating which can be downgraded if you do not meet the requirements or follow sponsor guidelines.
There are two types of licences that you can apply for Tier 2 is for skilled workers that you want to employ on a long-term basis this category includes; intra-company transfer, minister of religion and Sportsperson.
Tier 5 is for skilled workers who will be in the UK on a temporary basis this category includes; creative and sporting individuals, artists and entertainers, religious workers, charity workers and the international agreement which allows someone to do a job covered by international law.
A recent survey has revealed that less than of half of SME businesses are aware of what documents they should keep on file for foreign workers. If you are looking to apply for a sponsor licence it is advisable that you carry out sufficient internal compliance audits to ensure that your policies, procedures and guidelines follow the duties of a sponsor.
There are serious sanctions for non-compliance this includes fines and even instant closure. Many businesses lack understanding when it comes to their duties as a sponsor. Up to 93% of businesses could lose their licence for failure to comply with sponsor licence rules. Many business and employees are unaware of what documents they need to keep on file.
We offer a tailored immigration service in London to businesses seeking to acquire and maintain their sponsorship licence.
Our business immigration advisers offer expert knowledge and can provide you with a tailored service to meet your needs.
Contact our business immigration team on 020 8935 5205 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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