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Sponsor Licence Audit and Compliance

Sponsorship Licence allows employers to recruit workers from outside the UK. However in order to have the privilege of doing so, the employer will need to ensure that they understand and adhere to their duties as a Sponsor Licence holder. We have summarised below a brief description of what this entails.

Sponsorship duties

What are my duties as a Sponsorship Licence holder?

Sponsorship Licence holders need to comply with their obligations as set out in the Home Office published guidance on the points-based system. This comprises of the following:

Record Keeping – The sponsor is required to maintain a file for their existing migrant employees containing the specified documentation as outlined in the published guidance.

Reporting – As a  Licence holder, you have an obligation to report the certain migrant activity to Home Office within 10 days in the following circumstances:

  • If a sponsored worker does not turn up for their first day of employment
  • If the sponsored employee is absent from work for more than 10 days
  • If you terminate the sponsored worker’s employment
  • If there are any substantive changes in the worker’s employment status.
  • If a sponsored worker’s employment is affected by TUPE or similar protection

Compliance – In order to demonstrate that you comply with your obligations as a sponsor as set out in the official guidance for sponsors, you will need to ensure all of the following:

  • You are genuinely trading in the UK
  • You will need to ensure that you retain the correct documents on file for migrant workers
  • You will need to ensure that your update via the SMS portal any changes relating to your business or your general employees
  • As a sponsor you will need to ensure that you have the relevant accreditation to conduct your business;
  • Ensure that you employ the migrant worker at the appropriate level and pay the appropriate salary;
  • Ensure that migrant workers you employ are capable of doing the job they are sponsored to do
  • Ensure that you only assign a restricted certificate of sponsorship once you have met with the resident labour market requirement
  • You keep up to date with the latest changes and updates to the Sponsorship Licence process
  • That you do not represent a threat to immigration control.

As the Home Office continues to update their policies on a regular basis, it is advisable to seek advice if your circumstances have changed recently.

How can OTS Solicitors assist with your Sponsorship Licence compliance duties?

  • Advise clients on the latest changes to the immigration rules
  • Conduct a  compliance audit of your existing HR systems and migrant worker files to ensure that you have the necessary safeguards in place to continue to comply with your obligations as a sponsor
  • Advice on core duties assigned to the authorising officer, key personnel and Level 1 user
  • Assist with preparing for Home Office compliance visits
  • Assist with challenging negative UKVI audit inspection findings
  • Requesting additional Certificates of Sponsorship when required and assigning them to the relevant applicants
  • Conducting an annual review of our clients’ files to ensure compliance with duties under the Points Based System including new employee checking procedures, reporting and recommending changes

Contact us for further advice on your specific case or to get more information about Sponsor Licence Compliance and Auditing from one of our specialist immigration solicitors.

To contact us please call 0203 959 9123 or submit your enquiry here.

Your Questions and our answers about Sponsor Licence Audit and Compliance

Thank you for your enquiry. We would recommend that you contact us directly on 02039 599123 in order for us to advise you on your particular circumstances.

Thanks for the enquiry. please contact our office to book an initial appointment on 02039599123 to discuss the options you may have.

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In the meantime, you can also call us on 0203 959 9123 or contact us here.

Thank you for your enquiry.

The Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence renewal process is quite straight forward if you have complied with your obligation as a sponsor and have maintained accurate files for your Tier 2 employees, your existing HR systems are compliant with the relevant policy guidance and you have ensured that you have informed the Sponsorship Licence team of any changes to your circumstances via the SMS system.

Someone will be in touch with you shortly to see how we can help you further.

Please note, this answer cannot be taken as a legal advice until we have your full instructions. The answer provided above is for information purposes only, if you would like to proceed to full legal advice and consultation with our Immigration solicitors, please let us know your availability for an appointment by contacting us on 0207 936 9960 or through our contact form.

We look forward to hearing back from you soon.

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OTS Solicitors

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