What is a Sponsorship Licence?

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The United Kingdom has a sponsorship-based system for work and business visas. This means that all companies seeking to bring over foreign national employees must have a valid sponsor licence from the UK Home Office. If your business would like to send an employee to the United Kingdom or bring an employee from abroad, you […]

Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence: Hire Foreign Workers

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The Tier 2 sponsorship licence permits employers in the UK to sponsor skilled foreign workers. Below we set out a brief guide to making a Tier 2 sponsorship licence application to enable your business to hire migrant workers in skilled roles.   Does your business need a Tier 2 sponsorship licence? All non-EEA nationals must […]

Employees Switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2

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If you are an employer looking to hire an international student graduate who has studied in the UK under Tier 4 of the points based system, the following guidance sets out the process of assisting the individual to ‘switch’ from a Tier 4 to Tier 2 visa.   Who is eligible to switch from Tier […]

Employing Overseas Workers in the UK

For UK employers to hire employ workers from overseas, they need to be aware of the legal requirements involved, from how to check whether an overseas worker has the right to work in the UK to sponsorship. Employing an EEA worker Under current UK immigration rules, citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland […]

Proof of Right to Work in the UK

Under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, all employers are required to meet their duties to prevent illegal working in the UK by carrying out document checks to ensure that anyone who applies to them for employment has the right to work in the UK. What is the definition of an illegal worker? Illegal […]

Civil Penalty under the Immigration Act: Been Fined?

As part of the Home Office’s punitive toolkit against illegal working, employers who are found to be in breach of their immigration compliance duties may be issued a civil penalty under the Immigration Act 2016. The Immigration Act also introduced criminal offences in cases of illegal employment and provided additional powers for immigration officers to […]

Civil Penalty Immigration: How to Challenge a Home Office fine

As a UK employer you are under a duty to prevent illegal working by carrying out right to work document checks confirming all of your employees are lawfully allowed to work in the UK and undertake the work on offer. Failure to carry out these checks correctly or failing to carry them out at all […]

Sponsor Licence Compliance Guidance

As a licensed sponsor you have a number of duties and responsibilities so as to ensure compliance with the immigration rules and prevent abuse of the system – both by you as a sponsoring employer and by any migrants that you sponsor. The following sponsor licence guidance provides a basic outline of those duties, together […]

US B1 B2 Visa for Business and Tourism

If you are ineligible for the Visa Waiver Program, to gain lawful entry into the USA for short-term visit you will be required to apply for a visa. For temporary stays, the B1 visa category allows entry into the US for foreign nationals looking to carry out business in the USA, and the B2 for […]

Proof of Right to Work: An Employers’ Guide

All UK employers, irrespective of size or sector, are required by law to ensure that any prospective and existing employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and to undertake the work in question. Failure to check and verify an employee’s proof of right to work in the UK prior to the start of […]