Sponsorship Licence Suspended

If you have your Sponsorship Licence suspended, IAS can help assess your options with our Advice Package

If you are a Sponsorship Licence holder and you do not uphold the duties and responsibilities expected of you by the Home Office, you may risk having your Tier 1 Sponsor Licence suspended.

If you have your Sponsor Licence suspended, and you do not take swift action, it can mean that the Home Office may revoke your Sponsor Licence. Having your Sponsor Licence revoked means that you will no longer be able to hire talent from outside of the EEA or Switzerland. It also means that you immediately lose current workers from your workforce and your business may lose its credibility or reputation.

Our expert immigration lawyers can help you if you have had your Sponsor Licence suspended. We can liaise with the Home Office, assess the grounds of suspension and use this to gauge your options. With this information, we will work to resolve the issue. We can perform a full Immigration Audit to find and resolve any issues with your current HR practices. We can also gather all your records of sponsored employees, allowing us to find any gaps or issues and address them. Our lawyers offer fast, comprehensible and high-quality business advice. Contact us today to speak with one of our immigration consultants if you have had your Sponsor Licence suspended.


Why was my Sponsor Licence suspended?

Your Sponsor Licence may be suspended for a number of reasons, including:

  • a discrepancy between the Salary on the Certificate of Sponsorship and the given to the Employee on the Tier 2 visa;
  • a discrepancy between the job description on the Certificate of Sponsorship and the actual job/role of the employee on the Tier 2 visa; and
  • if you hire migrant employees without adhering to the regulations set by the Resident Labour Test;
  • if you do not uphold your record-keeping duties by keeping up-to-date records of all foreign workers, their visa statuses, and absences.

It is important to note that the Home Office can visit Sponsor Licence holders without announcement to ensure regulations are being followed accordingly whenever they see fit and, if duties are not being upheld, a Sponsor Licence can be immediately suspended.

My Sponsorship Licence is suspended – what are my next steps?

If you have your Sponsor Licence suspended, you will receive a letter from the Home Office, stating that your Sponsor Licence has been suspended and the reason for this.

You will have 20 working days in which to respond to the Home Office and if you do not respond within this strict timeframe you will have your Sponsor Licence revoked.

Having your Sponsor Licence revoked can be of huge detriment to your business as it results in the loss of important employees, future workers and your reputation as a UK employer.

If your Sponsor Licence is revoked this will also impact employees with Tier 2 Visas as they will be required to find a new employer who can supply a Certificate of Sponsorship within 60 days in order to stay working in the UK.

How can IAS help?

If you have had your Sponsor Licence suspended, or you are worried it might be, our team of highly-qualified immigration lawyers can provide immediate help. We will:

  • investigate the grounds of your alleged breach;
  • negotiate with the Home Office on your behalf;
  • address any issues identified with your records of sponsored employees;
  • identify and resolve any areas of non-compliance with Home Office regulations;
  • ensure your business/company is fully prepared for any spontaneous visits from the Home Office.

Contact us now for information or assistance if you’ve had your Sponsor Licence suspended.

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