The IAS Visa Wizard is the easy way to find the correct visa for you
If you are a company registered in the UK and you are looking to employ someone from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), then you have come to the right place. It is likely that you will need to sponsor your prospective employees in order for them to legally enter the UK to work, even if the work they are set to carry out is unpaid (for example, charity and volunteer work), this is usually done by means of visa sponsorship. At IAS, we have a wealth of experience in assisting applications for a Sponsorship Licence and are perfectly positioned to help you through the process of becoming a sponsor.
When your Sponsorship Licence has been approved, your business will be added to the Home Office’s register of sponsors (also commonly referred to as the Tier 2 Sponsor List), which will enable you to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship to your existing and prospective employees, which comes in the form of a unique reference number that is then used in the process of their visa application.
With an estimated one-in-six visa applications now being refused by the Home Office, the difference between a successful and unsuccessful application for a Sponsorship Licence could lie with us. With a high success rate of assisted applications, our immigration lawyers can draw upon years of experience to help make your application a successful one. Get in touch with one of our experts today for further information. We will assess whether the employees you are bringing in need to be sponsored and the process which you need to undertake to hire them. We also offer services that identify and resolve any issues or gaps in your company’s current sponsorship processes. Contact us now to speak with a business immigration consultant.
There are a number of things you will need to consider when looking to sponsor employees to come into the UK, as there are certain responsibilities you, as an employer, take on such as:
You do not need to sponsor a highly skilled migrant worker already coming to or in the UK under Tier 1.
It is important to note that Tier 3 of the points-based system is currently suspended so you can no longer employ low-skilled migrant workers.
If you are an education provider in the UK you can sponsor a foreign student to undertake a long course of study by obtaining a Sponsor Licence. You do not need to sponsor a student on a short course of study as they can come to the UK as a student or child visitor.
Once you have successfully applied for your licence you will be added to the Published Register of Sponsors held by the Home Office and you can issue a Certificate of Sponsorship to any prospective employees. This is not a physical document but a unique reference number recording details of the employee and the position they hold which will allow them to make their Tier 2 application.
If you do not hold a Sponsorship Licence, or go through the process of sponsoring a UK visa, and you employ any migrant workers from outside of the EEA and Switzerland, you are in breach of immigration laws – and risk financial and judicial penalties and other negative consequences.
Sponsor Licensing can be a very complex process. Here at IAS, we have a team of highly-qualified and experienced immigration specialists, who are fully-equipped to assist you with all applications for sponsor licensing, sponsor registration and Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visas.
With an estimated one-in-six visa applications now being refused by the Home Office, the difference between a successful and unsuccessful application for a Sponsorship Licence could lie with us.
Our services include:
Comprehensive Sponsor Licence advice tailored to your company’s requirements with written confirmation
Designed to make your Sponsor Licence application as successful, smooth and stress-free as possible
Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline
Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any hearings/tribunals
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