Updated Immigration Guidance for Sponsors for Tier 2 and Tier 5 visas

 
 

business immigration specialists all over London and the UK have received the recent update on sponsorship licenses and guidance for sponsors. 

 
This addendum was published on 17 July 2019 and updates version 03/19 of the Tier 2 and 5: Guidance for Sponsors. 
 
It applies with immediate effect to all Tier 2 and 5 sponsors, including all current and future applications seeking to apply for or renew a sponsor licence
 
1. When a sponsor is granted a Tier 2 or Tier 5 licence, significant trust is placed in them. With this trust comes a direct responsibility to act in accordance with the Immigration Rules, all parts of the Tiers 2 and 5 sponsor guidance, and with wider UK law. 
 
2. There is also a wider responsibility for sponsors to behave in a manner that is consistent with our fundamental values and that is not detrimental to the wider public good. Sponsorship is a privilege, not a right. The Home Office will not license organisations whose actions and behaviour are non-conducive to the public good. These include but are not limited to: 
 

• fostering hatred or inter-community division; 

• fomenting, justifying or glorifying terrorism; and/or; 

• rejecting the rights of, or discriminating against, other groups or individuals on the basis of their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, race, religious belief (including lack of belief), or any other protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. 

 
3. The Home Office will refuse a sponsor licence application or take the appropriate compliance actions, if it becomes known to us that a prospective or existing sponsor has engaged in such behaviour or actions. The compliance action taken will depend on the gravity of the behaviour and actions but could include compliance actions up to and including revocation.
 
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