Introduction Under current regulations, the process for renewing your sponsor licence is the same for all registered sponsors. You might be an employer who has held a sponsor licence since the inception of the points-based system in 2008. Or you may be a very newly registered sponsor under the new points-based system. Key Personnel of…

Many people plan their seasonal holidays and look forward to spending some well-earned downtime with family and friends.  As travel restrictions ease worldwide, it’s now much easier to book that last-minute trip and enjoy a quick getaway almost anywhere in the world. Visa processes, unfortunately, are not quite as flexible. Recent changes to the immigration…

Introduction Employers who are licensed by the Home Office to employ overseas skilled workers under the points-based system, have access to an online portal called the “Sponsor Management System” or “SMS”. Whether the sponsor licence holder is a company, group of companies, partnership, sole trade or any other relevant business structure, the online portal is…

Introduction As the pandemic situation eased over Summer 2021, restrictions on working from home started to lift. In England, since 19 July 2021, people have been able to go into work, although employers are still required to ensure a covid-safe working environment.  Currently, the situation remains under close observation. There is expected to be a…

A Certificate of Sponsorship is a critical piece of evidence required for UK visa applicants applying under one of the sponsored employment routes. Sponsored Worker routes include the Skilled Worker, Intra-Company Transfer, Minister of Religion (T2), Sportsperson (T2). Applicants can also be sponsored under various Temporary Worker (T5) subcategories. A UK employer must assign their…

The Skilled Worker Sponsor Licence is an absolute mandatory requirement from 1 January 2021 for any UK employer who seeks to hire overseas skilled workers or staff who does not have already permission to work in the UK. This means you must secure a Sponsor licence first to hire your prospective workers. The kind of…

In a recent announcement by the UK Home Office on 14 June 2021, the temporary COVID-19 Right to Work checks will end on 31 August 2021. However, beginning from 1 September 2021, all the employers will resume face-to-face and physical document checks for every employee they hire as set out in legislation and Right to…

Over the recent years, the Government has frequently increased the costs incurred by organisations seeking to sponsor individuals to work in the UK. Here, we take a look at the exact sponsorship costs for skilled workers.  Organisations should be aware of the associated costs of skilled worker sponsorship at the outset to ensure that it…

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