As leading UK immigration experts, we offer a range of corporate services and business visas for workers, employers, and education providers. We offer corporate 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 help employers get and maintain their Sponsor Licences and issue Certificates of Sponsorship. We also offer corporate immigration consultation to ensure your business has an effective Sponsorship Management System (SMS). Our lawyers can support you with applications, renewals, record keeping and HR operations. We can provide guidance on keeping your Sponsor Licence A grade or recovering your grade if you have been penalised.

Our corporate immigration experts can help carriers and hauliers meet their legal obligations. We also support others operating international transport services to the UK. We can also offer education providers guidance on enrolling foreign students on a Study Visa.

How can IAS help you?

With decades of legal experience, our team boasts a successful track record of advising corporate clients. From Tier 1 Entrepreneurs and investors to UK employers and their Tier 5 Temporary Workers.

Our immigration lawyers are accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). Our team can help with all applications under the five-tier points-based system. We will also support you in finding solutions to visa or Sponsor Licensing problems. Contact us today using our online form or call 0333 363 8577 free for high-quality business & corporate immigration services tailored to you.

Please see below for more information on our services.


What corporate immigration services does IAS offer?

Here at the Immigration Advice Service we can provide assistance with:

What is Business Immigration Consultation?

Our team of expert corporate immigration lawyers can offer you quality, reliable legal guidance. Our service will ensure that you will not incur any unwanted penalties from the Home Office.

We have an established reputation for business support. 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. This will ensure that each element of your HR processes is in compliance with Immigration regulations. This will help you avoid any serious penalties or consequences from the Home Office.

Read more about our corporate Immigration Consultation Services

What is Business Immigration Audit?

Our lawyers will work with you and your business, to check your HR paperwork and ensure that there are no gaps or discrepancies. This will avoid unwanted penalties from the Home Office. They can do this by performing a business Immigration Audit.

An Immigration Audit is a highly useful process. It can help identify any areas a UK employer may not be complying with their corporate immigration duties. It can then be used to help resolve these issues and ensure that the employer avoids incurring any penalties.

Read more about our Immigration Audit Services

What are my duties as a UK employer of foreign workers?

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. This could come in the form of a Civil Penalty, loss of your company or, in some cases, imprisonment.

What is a Sponsor Licence?

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, you will, in most cases, need a Sponsor Licence to do this. To employ these workers, you will need to sponsor them to be able to legally enter the UK to work. This is the case 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.

Read more about Sponsor Licences, including:

For guidance specifically catered to your Sponsor Licence needs, read more on our Sponsor Licence Packages

What is a Civil Penalty (and why have I received one?)

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

What is a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa?

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

What is a Tier 1 Investor visa?

The Tier 1 Investor Visa is for high net-worth individuals from outside of the EEA or Switzerland interested in coming to the UK. You must have available funds of £2 million to invest in UK businesses or industries.

More information on Tier 1 Investor Visas

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