The UK Government states that having a sponsor licence to sponsor workers and students from
outside of the UK is a privilege and one that is only afforded to educational institutions and
businesses that can demonstrate an ability to follow stringent compliance rules.
Here at Deo Volente Solicitors, our Business Immigration team have experience in assisting sponsors
to navigate the complexities of sponsor licence applications and ongoing compliance requirements.
Clients often come to us for assistance in obtaining a sponsor licence or to assist with a sponsor
licence renewal. However, a sponsor has ongoing duties during the lifetime of the licence and must
remain compliant or risk losing it.
There are several ways in which a sponsor may fail in their compliance duties. A few examples for
student sponsors include failing to apply for and passing the annual Basic Compliance Assessment,
non-declaration of key information, assigning a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to an
ineligible student, or failure to co-operate with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). For worker
licences, assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to an individual who does not meet the
requirements for sponsorship, failing to monitor employees or reporting key changes to their
employment as well as failure to update UKVI about changes to your business would all be seen as
UKVI will take action when it considers that a sponsor poses, or may pose, a risk to immigration
control. There need only be reasonable suspicion for compliance action to be taken. However,
there are varying levels of action based on the severity of the issue, for example, if the breach is
isolated or minor and the sponsor is willing and able to correct it, and if the sponsor is able to make
relevant improvements. Should the breach be more serious, significant or a systematic failing, or if
UKVI believe there is a serious threat to immigration control, then UKVI could revoke the sponsor
licence and remove the sponsor from the register of sponsors.
Not only would this have a detrimental impact on the students or workers sponsored, but it is likely
to attract negative publicity for the sponsor.
Our team at Deo Volente Solicitors understand that even with the best intentions and systems in
place, mistakes and human error can happen. We are here to act as a safety net, providing
assurances to our clients that we will review your HR and student enrolment systems and processes
for compliance and will be ready and able to assist, should any queries come up. We know that the
process of identifying a sponsored worker or student and then helping with the process of bringing
them to the UK can be daunting and so we are able to take on key personnel roles for your licence to assist with this process, ensuring that all the relevant checks and record-keeping duties have been
Below is a list of the services we offer our clients:
A sponsorship license enables employers with the ability to hire skilled non-EEA workers. The sponsorship license comes with great compliance responsibilities. We have helped countless businesses through sponsorship license applications. Our expert team of solicitors is highly proficient in advising regarding compliance obligations.
Different sectors require various services based on necessities. Tier-2 Sponsorship License is highly required to recruit talent from overseas. Hence, the appropriate assistance of immigration experts is essentially required.
DV Solicitors, located in the UK, is highly specialized in dealing affairs associated with tier-2 sponsorship license. Endorsed by reputable organizations, DV Solicitors is committed to providing excellence in the delivery of reliable legal services.
We serve clients from the beginning of tier 2 sponsorship applications to attaining compliance regarding all Home Office requirements.
The Home Office requirements are getting strict regarding compliance, yet we endeavour to deliver compliance procedures for sponsor license holders.
Our specialist immigration solicitors offer the following services:
There exist additional criteria that may employ based on your circumstances. We will assess your situation accordingly and render advice on which requirements need to be fulfilled, including a bespoke documentation list.
To apply for a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence, you will need to fill in the online application form and send it to UKVI along with the required supporting documents.
We advise drafting a strong covering letter to send with the application, which clarifies any details or relevant background information, such as corporate structures. Our team can help with this too.
We highly recommend drafting an appropriate cover letter that may define complete background information regarding the company. In some cases, the Home Office may ask to present additional supporting documents such as HR processes as evidence.
Whereas, Home Office could also host a compliance visit to the company during an assessment of the license application. The purpose is to ensure that HR policies and procedures can meet compliance requirements.
Our professional team can help you with mock audits of HR procedures to evaluate any weaknesses and take responsive measures to deal accordingly.
After an organization receives a sponsor license, they are affiliated with the Home Office as a sponsor. The organization can start issuing a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to skilled foreign workers meeting the standard.
To many organizations, recruiting talent from overseas is valuable for the growth and development of businesses. Due to an end to freedom of movement to the UK from the EU, a dominant proportion of the UK workforce will need sponsorship from January 2021.
The most important part of the “Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship” is the application phase. For instance, if for some reason, your application for tier 2 sponsorship is refused by Home Office. A cooling-off period will be triggered for 6 months.
The period shall commence from the date of refusal. Due to the cooling period activation, no further tier 2 license application can be submitted at Home Office until 6 months.
Usually, if we consider that there has been a mistake regarding the refusal decision of your tier 2 sponsorship license application. We may proceed with the submission of pre-license error correction on your behalf.
If the decision still does not overturn, the only option left is to opt for judicial review. Our team of expert solicitors can help you in challenging the decision of sponsor license and court proceedings.
The Sponsorship License is authorized for an initial period of four years. The certificate of sponsorship license can be renewed through the end of the fourth year.
If the organization wishes to proceed with the license and recruiting talent from non-EEA, they can opt for license renewal. We advise clients from tier 2 guidance to managing and extending sponsorship licenses.
DV Solicitors has the best professional team of solicitors, experts in managing legal affairs associated with Tier 2 Sponsorship license.
Our Tier 2 Sponsorship License solicitors will provide complete assistance through the process of your visa application. Based on evaluation of your circumstantial situation, our experts will furnish advice and options accordingly.
DV Solicitors is recognized for delivering excellence when it comes to legal affairs. Our team of solicitors is an expert at dealing with affairs regarding visa matters.
The solicitors will guide you through all aspects of immigration and are ideally positioned to explain complexities. Equipped with years of expertise and knowledge, our specialists are always ready to assist you with your legal obstacles.
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