Maintaining a Sponsor Licence can be a time-consuming challenge for employers. The Home Office expects Sponsors to comply with their Sponsor duties at all times.
Businesses that hold licences are under a duty to keep detailed records on their sponsored employees, report changes in their employment to the Home Office and track their employees. In order to comply with their duties, Sponsors are required to be familiar with the Sponsorship Guidance, a document currently over 200 pages long.
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) monitor compliance by carrying out audits which can be announced or unannounced. An audit involves a Compliance Officer carrying out a forensic examination of a sponsored employee’s file to check that the Sponsor has complied with their duties. Matters that are checked will include whether the sponsor has a full contact history of the employee, how absences are recorded and whether the original advertisements for the post meet the exacting technical requirements of the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT).
In order to help you with maintaining your licence, we offer the following services:
- dedicated help desk service for Sponsors – giving you immediate access to an immigration specialist who will provide a prompt response to your query on any Sponsorship or immigration related query;
- in-house training - we can provide bespoke in-house training for your key staff who deal with managing your Sponsor licence;
- employment contracts review we can help you revise your employment contracts to ensure they can be used as tools to help with compliance; and
- audit - we can review a sample of your sponsored employee files to check compliance with your Sponsor duties. We will provide you with a Compliance Report and an action plan to deal with any compliance issues identified by our Audit.
Jacqueline Moore, our Head of Immigration, is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland, and the firm is a member of the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association.
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