Compliance and audit

Since 2008, many UK employers have been used to the compliance responsibilities of holding a sponsor licence. From 1 December 2020, many more UK employers need to apply for a sponsor licence given it is necessary to submit Skilled Worker applications for non-EU and EU citizens.

The Global Business Mobility routes also require the business to apply for a sponsor licence.

Despite many more employers needing to obtain a sponsor licence, the compliance obligations and reporting requirements are no less onerous.  Where we assist our clients with applying for a sponsor licence, we provide a mock audit service and regular ‘health checks.’  Breaches of the sponsor licence duties can lead to suspension or even revocation of the licence and the possible need to terminate all sponsored workers’ employment.

Aside from holding a sponsor licence, all UK employers are required to ensure they have appropriate prevention of illegal working practices in place and that the correct right to work procedures are followed.

We have many years’ experience in advising small and large sponsors on how to avoid any compliance issues.  However, if things do go wrong and the Home Office initiates a compliance visit or takes action against you, we will provide you with robust and complete representation in order to help avoid disruption to your business.

Compliance and audit – our related services

Staying Compliant under the Points Based System

We help employers of foreign migrants put systems and processes in place to stay compliant under the points based system.

Dealing with a Home Office Compliance Visit

Specialist advice for businesses dealing with a Home Office investigation into your workforce including advice for HR teams.

Prevention of Illegal Working

We advise on setting up fully compliant systems, policies and processes to prevent illegal working, and we can carry out compliance audits.

Strategic Immigration Support for HR Teams

A full range of immigration support services for HR teams, including on the points based system, sponsorship and compliance.

Value Added Services

An unexpected visit from the Home Office can be very stressful. We can forearm you by conducting mock Home Office audits. We also provide regular alerts, ongoing training, seminars, round-table events and webinars to keep you updated.

Sponsor licence applications and the post-Brexit immigration system

EU citizens arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021 will be subject to new UK immigration rules. We can assist with all aspects of their immigration journey.

Appealing Home Office Decisions

Extensive experience in conducting appeals at both the first tier and upper tier tribunal when challenging a Home Office decision.

Applying for a sponsor licence

From 1 December 2020, UK employers need to use a sponsor licence to recruit both EU and non-EU citizens.

Sponsoring and Hiring Foreign Nationals

Support when sponsoring or hiring foreign nationals, from obtaining a sponsor licence to setting up immigration policies.

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