UK Immigration News

Visit Visas – Negotiating the ‘Labyrinth’

Visit Visas

As we are just emerging from the holiday season it occurred to me that it may be an appropriate moment to write about visit visas, both the nature of the beast and ways to go about taming it. This urge was borne to me by way of the recent reported difficulties within the media that internationally renowned musicians have had varying degrees of difficulty when trying to negotiate the UK immigration system, so that they may play at a variety of festivals and concerts.

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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.

An Entrepreneur Team  may collectively claim points in this route for the same investments, available funds, jobs created and business activity in all applications including settlement. However all of the following requirements must be met for an Entrepreneur Team application to be considered in addition to the general requirements of the category.

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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.

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Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship UK guidance

A Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (cos) may be allocated to a Licenced Sponsor following a successful request to the Tier 2 Limits Team via the Sponsorship Management System. Once awarded and available on a Licence, a Certificate may then be assigned to a potential migrant worker. Each Certificate of Sponsorship has a unique number which may validate a Tier 2 visa application. Once a visa is granted the Certificate of Sponsorship holds your personal information and details about the job you will be undertaking here in the United Kingdom.

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Resident Labour Market Test

The Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) demonstrates to the Home Office that the UK labour market has not been disadvantaged or devalued when UK employers recruit skills from outside the European Economic Area. In order to carry out the RLMT, the employer is required to conduct a visible advertising campaign for the appointment for a period of 28 days.

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Job Coding and Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (RCoS) requests

Job coding

Job coding – there is a framework of requirements that must be satisfied if a Licenced Sponsor was to successfully request a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship. The sponsorship mechanism allows British businesses access to international talent.

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About the Sponsor Management System

 

sponsor management system

Once your Tier 2 Employer Sponsorship Licence is granted, your company will receive access credentials to your Sponsor Management System (SMS). As declared in the application process, access should be limited to designated and authorised company or representative key personnel as the Sponsor Management System portal will contain privileged company information. The portal also allows the confidential exchange of information with the Home Office that the company must be accountable for such as:

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Employer Sponsor Licence Revoked or Downgraded?

Why do companies get their licence revoked or downgraded?

Without frequent updates a Licence can rapidly become out of date failing to represent the Employer current status. There are requirements that Sponsors must adhere to in order to avoid their licence being downgraded or revoked.

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