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Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence Revocation

The procedure to obtain a Sponsorship Licence is extremely lengthy due to the Home Office guidance which specifies the requirements as well as the duties to be satisfied by the Sponsor before a Sponsorship Licence is issued. As such, the procedure to obtain a licence can at times be confusing and tedious.

Once a Sponsorship Licence is obtained it is very important that the licence is not revoked or suspended as this will have an extremely negative impact, not only on the business but also for the employees who rely on Sponsorship from their employer.

The Home Office are regularly updating their requirements and guidance notes so businesses must remain up to date with the current law relating to Sponsorship Licences. If the Home Office are not satisfied that a business has competently complied with the requirements and duties of Sponsor, the Home Office has the option of either suspending or revoking the Sponsorship Licence.

In what circumstances will my sponsorship licence be revoked

There are many circumstances that can result in the revocation of a Sponsorship Licence however, the most common reasons are discussed below:

  1. Following the grant of a Sponsorship Licence, if the Home Office discover that the Sponsor provided false information for the initial application and/or for the renewal application and if they further find that the Sponsorship Licence would not have been granted had the Home Office been provided with the correct and true information, then the Sponsorship Licence will be revoked.
  2. If a business is found to have employed illegal workers
  3. The  business failed to undertake the right to work checks correctly in accordance with Home Office guidelines
  4. If the Home Office discover that that a business employed a non-EEA national for a job that does not actually meet the required skill level for the role
  5. Failing to provide the Home Office with requested documents within the deadline stipulated by the Home Office
  6. In relation to the Certificate of Sponsorship, if the business supplied incorrect information on the CoS including salary, a CoS is used to fill a vacancy for a role not mentioned on the CoS or a business incorrectly submits that the role was exempt from the resident labour market test when the exemption was not applicable

If a Sponsorship Licence is revoked, there is no right to appeal the decision. The Home Office will immediately curtail leave to remain for the migrant workers on a Tier 2 or 5 visa who are found to have knowingly partaken in the circumstances listed above.

For the migrant workers who were not involved, their leave will be shortened to 60 calendar days and they will be expected to depart the UK once the 60 calendar days expire or alternatively, they will face removal from the UK if they have not departed within the given timeframe.

In what circumstances will my sponsorship licence be suspended?

Generally, if a business does not constitute a serious threat to Immigration, the Home Office will seek to suspend the Sponsorship Licence until further investigations are undertaken:

  1. The business fails to comply with its’ Sponsor duties
  2. The business continuously fails to comply with requirements
  3. Failure to keep all records updated and failing to report change in circumstances to the Home Office
  4. Employers paying their migrant workers in cash
  5. Failure to competently undertake the resident labour market test

Should the Home Office conclude that the best cause of action is to suspend a Sponsorship Licence, then they will notify the Sponsor providing written reason for the suspension. The sponsor has 20 working days to respond to the decision following which the Home Office will consider your reasons and grounds for refuting the decision.

How we can assist

It is evident that acquiring and continuing to hold a Sponsorship Licence can be difficult and as such, it is always better to instruct experts in the field who can guide you through the requirements as well as explain the Sponsor duties to you concisely and in detail.  At OTS Solicitors, we have specialist solicitors who have dealt with various business immigration matters for both individuals and large businesses for several years.

If our advice and guidance is followed from the initial stages of applying for a licence, then there is no reason why you should be facing a suspension or revocation of your licence. However, should you find your business in these circumstances, we will assist your business in confidentially refuting the decision and even possibly submitting a judicial review.

Please contact us on 0203 959 9123 and our team will be happy to assist you.

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

Dear Sir, you cannot continue working for your sponsor if there licence has been revoked. You can only continue working for your sponsor if their licence has been suspended until a formal decision is made to revoke their licence. You must cease working effective immediately. Should you require any further advice on this matter, a member of OTS Solicitors shall be in contact shortly.

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Without knowing the details of the suspension, it is not possible to comment how long it will take the Home Office to come back to them.

If the licence is revoked, the pending Tier 2 applications will be refused and the migrants will be issued with letters informing them they should leave the country.

We 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 consult 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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