The IAS Visa Wizard is the easy way to find the correct visa for you
As leading UK immigration experts, we offer an extensive range of corporate services and business specific visas for entrepreneurs, overseas investors, businesses, employers, highly skilled and highly valued workers, and education providers. We offer specialist immigration advice and assistance for those wanting to work for, set up, or invest in a business in the UK under the relevant visas. We advise employers on Sponsor Licences and Certificates of Sponsorship where they are seeking to recruit migrant workers. We also offer guidance on how to avoid financial penalties, upgrading to highly trusted status and implementing an effective Sponsorship Management System (SMS) with acceptable record-keeping and reporting procedures within the business.
Our business immigration experts can assist carriers and haulers in meeting their legal obligations, as well as others operating international transport services to the UK, and can also offer education providers guidance on enrolling foreign students on a Study Visa. With decades of legal experience, our team boasts a consistent track record of successfully advising corporate business clients, from Tier 1 Entrepreneurs and investors to UK employers and their Tier 5 Temporary Workers.
Our highly qualified immigration lawyers are accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), and have a wealth of experience in applications under the five-tier points-based system and providing solutions to visa or Sponsor Licensing problems. If you are looking for high-quality business & corporate immigration services, we can offer you expert assistance which is tailored to you. Our team of highly-qualified immigration lawyers is equipped to offer you professional, comprehensive assistance with all your business immigration needs. Our exclusive business services include Immigration Consultation, Immigration Audit, Sponsorship Licence Advice and Entrepreneur and Investment Visa guidance.
Here at the Immigration Advice Service we can provide assistance with:
Our team of expert immigration lawyers can offer you high-quality, confidential legal and business guidance to ensure that you will not incur any unwanted penalties from the Home Office.
We have a well-established reputation for business consultation and, as part of our Immigration Consultation services, can work closely with you and your business. Our expert immigration specialists will design a personalised consultation package for you, in which they will ensure that every element of your HR processes are in compliance with Immigration regulations. This will help you avoid any serious penalties or consequences from the Home Office.
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Our lawyers will work with you and your business, closely checking your HR paperwork to ensure that there are no gaps and discrepancies which could lead to unwanted penalties from the Home Office. They can do this by performing an Immigration Audit.
An Immigration Audit is highly useful as it can help identify any areas in which a UK employer may not be technically complying with their immigration duties – it can then be used to help resolve these issues and ensure that the employer avoids incurring any penalties.
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If you are a UK employer, and you employ any migrant workers from outside of the EEA or Switzerland, you will most likely need to sponsor their visa. This will apply if they are in the UK with either a Tier 2 Skilled Worker Visa or a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa. If your migrant employee is in the UK with a Tier 1 Visa, you will not be required to sponsor them, however, you will need to register them and complete the proper paperwork and checks with them via your company’s HR department.
It is very important that, if you do employ foreign workers, you complete the proper paperwork and obtain the correct licence in order to do so. If you employ Illegal workers, you will risk intervention from the Home Office, which could come in the form of a Civil Penalty, loss of your company or, in some cases, imprisonment.
If you are a company registered in the UK and you are looking to employ someone from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, then you will, in most cases, need a Sponsor Licence to do this. To employ these workers, you will need to sponsor your prospective employees in order for them to be able 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.
Once you have obtained your UK Sponsor Licence, you will be able to legally hire any migrant talent from outside the EEA or Switzerland who satisfies the Tier 2 General Visa requirements or the Tier 5 Temporary Worker requirements. Having a Sponsorship Licence is essential if you want to be able to do this.
For guidance specifically catered to your Sponsor Licence needs, read more on our Sponsor Licence Packages
If you are a UK employer or company and you employ migrant workers, either without a Sponsor Licence or while knowingly allowing them to work without their correct UK Work Permit, you could receive a Civil Penalty from the Home Office.
This penalty comes in the form of a written warning and a monetary fine. If a penalty is received, it must be quickly responded to in order to avoid further penalties.
More information on Civil Penalties
If you are a national from outside of the EEA or Switzerland and you want to set up or take over a business in the UK, you will need a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa.
More information on Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visas
If you are a high net-worth individual from outside of the EEA or Switzerland and you are interested in coming to the UK to invest in a business or industry, you can do so using a Tier 1 Investor Visa.
More information on Tier 1 Investor Visas