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What do you need to know about Sponsor Licence and Audit Services in the UK?

In order for migrants to work in the UK they need a working visa.

However, if business owners wish to they may sponsor a migrant in order to employ them directly. In this case the business owner will need to obtain a sponsor licence, which proves that the migrant has a genuine job to come to in the UK.

Sponsor Licence and Audit Service FAQs

A UK Company holding a Sponsor Licence can sponsor a non-European UK worker.

The UK Company will have been registered with Company House for a minimum period of 12 months.

The UK business owner undertakes responsibilities, including ensuring that the migrant remains in employment for the duration of their sponsorship.

The business owner also pledges to comply with record-keeping, reporting duties and relevant compliance issues, as well as co-operating with any requests from the Home Office.

Sponsor licences are valid for four years, after which time they will need to be renewed in order for the migrant to remain in the UK. If you have sponsored a non-UK worker into the country, you will be sent a reminder notice by the UK Home Office prior to renewal.

When you first apply for a sponsor licence, you will be given an A or B rating. If you have a B rating you will be issued an action plan to help you achieve an A rating. A “B” rating means that you pose a risk of recruiting illegal migrants into the UK.

We have many years of experience in advising and guiding employers on how to apply for the licence and how to prepare for a Home Office Compliance Audit.

Over the years we have acted for the following industries:-

  • Accountants
  • Advertising/Public Relations
  • Agriculture
  • Gas & Oil
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Manufacturing

To find out more about what a sponsor licence costs and how to ensure that you receive an A rating, please email us at [email protected].

Shabana does offer free initial telephone consultation on 01634 828288. She is able to offer her expertise in this area of law.

If your organisation currently holds a Sponsor Licence, then you can book my time to conduct an onsite audit, this is the most important requirement.

This is a service I offer Employers holding a Sponsor Licence. If you have not been inspected by the Home Office yet, then your organisation is more likely to be inspected unannounced by the Home Office.

I can come, and advice guide your organisation, Employer, or College holding a Sponsor Licence call today for an appointment. Contact us on +44(0)1634 828 288 for more information.

Sponsor Licence Applications FAQs

A UK employer intending to employ a migrant must first apply for a Sponsor Licence. It is illegal to employ a migrant without the permission of the Home Office.

As a UK Employer Apply for a sponsor licence so you can sponsor foreign workers or students to come and work or study in the UK. To be eligible for the licence your company must be trading for 12 months to have the best chance of success. You will be required to choose the type to licence, depending on the type business you have. You will be required to submit the application online on the Home Office website.

Yes, this can be refused and revoked if an Employer has breached the Licence conditions.

Employers are fined for not carry out worker checks or reporting changes to their worker conditions.

Yes, the Home Office does offer this service, but it is very expensive. I do not recommend that you use this service, unless your company is in a position to justify the cost.

The premium customer service will provide:

  • expert, tailored advice, offering guidance and support with any immigration queries or issues a premium customer might have
  • you with account managers who have in-depth knowledge about the right to work requirements and can offer immigration history information on potential employees
  • unique access to a number of priority visa services including special access to premium service centre appointments and faster passport return on in-country applications.
To understand if you qualify for British Citizenship, you should contact us today on +44(0)1634 828 288.
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