Sponsor Licence Renewal

Renew your licence early to avoid the potential harm an out of time application can do to your migrant workforce and business.

Tier 2 Sponsor Licence renewal
In order to protect your existing migrant workforce it is important that you apply to renew your sponsor licence in time before the expiry date of the licence. If, you do not apply to renew your licence, the Home Office will curtail your migrant workforces leave to 60 days. If they haven’t found an alternative sponsor within those 60 days they will be required to leave the country, which is not what anyone wants. You will not be able to access the Sponsorship Management System or Issue Certificates of Sponsorship without a valid licence. In order to avoid administration oversights the Home Office will send out three reminders starting three months in advance of the licence expiry, allowing you time to manage an in-time renewal.

Sponsor Licence Renewal Process

  1. You must apply to renew your licence using your Sponsor Management System
  2. Please ensure you review the most recent guidance on the sponsor licence renewal process to be up to date with any process, legal or compliance changes. For example making sure the information on the licence is up to date with the right Key Personnel and work address
  3. If any amendments are required and before you renew the licence please ensure you have the Authorisation Officers authority in writing
  4. You must pay a sponsor licence renewal fee. Please ensure you select the right fee for the size of the company as your application may be rejected
  5. Once the application for a Sponsor licence renewal has been submitted online, the Home office will conduct further checks and may request supporting documentary evidence
  6. If, the Home office is not satisfied you meet the requirements of the licence application, they may conduct a site visit to reassure themselves that you continue to maintain the compliance and administration requirements of the Tier 2 Sponsor Licence

In order to ensure a smooth transition we advise that you start the renewal process at least 2 months in advance of the expiry date. This will ensure you:
• Have gained consent from the Authorisation Officer
• Maintained all the reporting duties
• Updated your personnel files
• Undertaken an in-house compliance audit

If you are unable to manage the above due to core work commitments, your Immigration Consultant can manage this process for you. If you don’t have one please get in contact with us. Tier 2 Sponsor Licence applications and the management of migrant workers are one of the key areas we specialise in.

Brexit Seminar

Brexit Seminar

Yesterday our Corporate Consultant David Faulkner-Bryant joined the Chamber of Commerce and sat on ‘the Future of Business Post Brexit’ panel  to discuss the current and future approach to ensuring local Somerset employers’ EEA national workforce is protected during these turbulent times, particularly with focus on key manufacturing industries across the South West. It was interesting to gage an understanding of the wider approaches other companies are pushing forwards with, in order to ensure they are able to weather the Brexit storm.

Immigration Health Surcharge set to rise on 18th December 2018

Immigration Health Surcharge 2018

The Immigration Health Surcharge set to rise on 18th December 2018 

The plan was put forward to parliament on 11/10/2018 to raise the Immigration Surcharge on 18th December 2018. Individuals whom hold a UK visa for more than 6 months but not settlement, will be required to pay £400 per year which is an increase of 100%. Students and Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Workers who previously paid £150 will be required to pay £300 per year. There are further concessions and exemptions for individuals, you can find more information under the Immigration Health Charge Order.

Read more “Immigration Health Surcharge set to rise on 18th December 2018”

Employing EEA Nationals during and after the Brexit Process

Employing EEA Nationals during and after the Brexit process

As the fight for an ‘appealing’ Brexit continues, the uncertainty for UK businesses grows. A number of EEA Nationals are leaving the UK and there are very little skilled EEA Nationals coming to the UK. UK companies who have enjoyed the wonderful skills pool of the EU job market are beginning to wonder what the impact is going to be on their business, if their key people move back to Europe.

Read more “Employing EEA Nationals during and after the Brexit Process”

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Team

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Team

entrepreneur team

The Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa is available to an individual applicant or an Entrepreneurial Team who want to come to the UK in order to be actively involved in setting up a business. To run a business or businesses here in the UK. A business can be identified as an enterprise, sole trader, partnership, or a company registered in the United Kingdom.

Read more “Tier 1 Entrepreneur Team”

Genuine Entrepreneur Test – Initial application check list


Genuine entrepreneur test

The Genuine Entrepreneur Test is an entrepreneur visa requirement that must be met in order to fulfil the points requirement for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. In order to pass the Genuine Entrepreneur Test, applicants must satisfy the Home Office that they genuinely intend to establish, take over or become a director of a business or businesses within the United Kingdom within a timeframe of 6 months.

Read more “Genuine Entrepreneur Test – Initial application check list”

Sponsorship Licence Roles – Key Personnel

Sponsorship Licence Roles

When applying for a Tier 2 Employer Sponsor Licence, you must appoint Key Personnel to be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Tier 2 Employer Sponsorship Licence and Sponsor Management System (SMS). Read more “Sponsorship Licence Roles – Key Personnel”

Employer Sponsor Licence Renewal Process

Employer Sponsor Licence Renewal Process

Employer Sponsor Licence Renewal Process

The renewal process is relatively straight forward.  However you will need to reassure yourself that you have remained compliant with your duties as a Sponsor. Additionally, you must continue to have the resources in place to sponsor your Tier 2 workforce.

Read more “Employer Sponsor Licence Renewal Process”

6th July Rule Changes – Tier 2 Allocation of Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship

restricted certificates of sponsorship

UK businesses sponsoring individuals from outside the EEA should be aware that the back log of Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship applications will start to ease after 6th July 2018. The Tier 2 Limit of 20,700 restricted certificates of sponsorship has been oversubscribed since December 2017 meaning there has been a huge back log of applications to filter through the Tier 2 Limits Team each month. A third of the annual restricted certificate of sponsorship allocation has been used by NHS professionals due to pressures and skills shortages, a direct result of health sector professionals leaving the UK.

Read more “6th July Rule Changes – Tier 2 Allocation of Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship”