Introduction When a company completes the process of obtaining a sponsor licence, some believe the work is done and they can focus on sponsoring migrants without worrying about meeting any further obligations. However, it would be a mistake to this view. The threat of revocation is constant, especially with the recent Home Office crackdown to…

UK sponsors have access to an online “portal” called a Sponsor Management System (SMS) from where they can assign “Certificates of Sponsorship” or “CoS”, which are virtual documents an employee needs to make a sponsored work visa application.  A UK employer cannot assign “CoS” unless they hold a valid sponsor licence. In order to obtain…

A sponsor Licence offers the ability to access the global talent pool. However, sponsor licence revocation is equally business-critical with a devastating impact on the business. The Home Office outlines certain duties to be carried out by Sponsored Licence holders throughout the period of its validity. If the Home Office finds the sponsor breaching these…

In early December 2018, the UK Government was to publish its long-awaited White Paper on post-Brexit immigration.  It will be the biggest change to immigration law for over a decade and will confirm that after the end of the ‘transition period’, where the UK formally ends free movement, EEA nationals will be treated the same…

If you have received a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence revocation letter and the reasons for the Home Office’s decision are illegal, procedurally unfair, disproportionate or irrational, challenging the decision by way of Judicial review may resolve your situation. Judicial review is not about whether a decision is fair or even right. Rather, it investigates whether…

Pre-Action Protocol Letter before Claim needs to be sent to the Home Office prior to applying for Judicial Review. Judicial Review may be the only option available to you to get the justice if all other avenues such as Administrative Review and appeals have been exhausted. For some applications like Visitor Visa, Short Term Student…

Tier 2 or 5 Sponsor Licence for some Sports Clubs is business critical. The cricket publication, Wisden, in January 2018 wrote a thought-provoking article regarding concerns that many cricket clubs are now reluctant to hire professional players from overseas. The article explained that if a player has an incorrect visa type for their requirements, and…

Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holders who fail to comply with their duties and responsibilities are penalised heavily under the Immigration Law. Sponsor Licence holders can expect announced / unannounced visits by compliance officers who will not hesitate to downgrade, suspend, or revoke an organisation’s Sponsor Licence should gaps in compliance be found. One sector which…

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