Sponsor Licences & Compliance

14 May 2018

Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship requests exceed 4,000 in April, against a quota of 2,200 – is it time to reconsider the 20,700 cap?

Data obtained from a freedom of information request shows that in April 2018 a total of 4,325 restricted CoS requests were made, against a quota of only 2,200. Therefore in April’s round of requests more than 2,000 were unsuccessful.

Emma Fowler

21 March 2018

Is the restricted Certificate of Sponsorship process fit for purpose?

Over the last 5 months employers have advertised their roles and, having found nobody suitable in the resident workforce, made requests for a restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for various roles.

Emma Fowler

19 December 2017

The pitfalls of employee immigration status

What can employers do if they discover a staff member’s status is not what it appeared? Richard Fox and Marcia Longdon report in light of a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling.

Richard Fox

6 June 2017

In Sickness and in Health: Appendix FM five years on

Avoiding the pitfalls when applying for indefinite leave to remain in the UK as partner

Sean O'Beirne

30 May 2017

Home Office tightens the Sponsor Licence compliance screws on IT service providers

In order to obtain a Sponsor Licence from the Home Office, IT service providers must sign up to various duties and obligations as part of the UK’s Sponsor Licence compliance regime. The Home Office takes the view that as employers benefit directly from sponsorship, they must play their part in ensuring the system is not abused.

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