At Halliday Reeves we can help you obtain a skilled worker Sponsorship Licence to allow you to take on skilled workers from overseas and we will provide the advice and guidance needed to comply with the Home Office requirements throughout the sponsorship period.
Taking on skilled workers from overseas can be the ideal solution to finding the expertise your business needs to flourish. Complying with immigration rules and regulations to become a registered sponsor is not easy however, and if errors are made you could end up liable to pay substantial penalties.
Our team understands how important it is for an enterprise to run smoothly and we always aim to take the stress out of the sponsorship process. We will work with your business to understand your needs and ensure that you can take on the overseas workers you need.
“We would like to thank you for all your hard work and help in obtaining a Tier 2 Visa for myself and my family. Your support is greatly appreciated. The service we received has been excellent and all the team members are very professional”
Applying for a skilled worker sponsorship licence
An overseas worker will need a job offer from a UK employer to enable them to apply for a skilled worker visa. As an employer, you will need a sponsorship licence to allow you to make a valid job offer.
Our experienced business immigration lawyers can advise on the best route for your organisation and put together the application on your behalf, ensuring that all of the accompanying documentation is in order, to give you the best chance of success.
Business immigration advice for employers
Before you apply for your sponsorship licence, we can help you put the necessary legal and HR framework in place to manage your overseas workers. You will need to assign individuals to the positions of authorising officer, key contact and day-to-day administrator. We can advise you of the tasks for each appointee and help you carry out the required monitoring of your sponsored employees. In the event of any inspection visits to your premises, we will offer advice and assistance.
We can also help you ensure that your potential new overseas workers meet the necessary criteria to be sponsored. This includes compliance with a lengthy checklist of specifications, including minimum salary requirements, skill levels and language ability. We will also make sure that the timeframes are adhered to, to ensure that your workers can join you when you need them.
We will work closely with you throughout the procedure to ensure that you have all the assistance you need. Our team has a strong commercial focus and we understand the importance of working proactively to allow you to move ahead with your business objectives.
We always make sure we are contactable and we will always take the time to discuss progress with you and to answer any questions you may have.
Skilled worker case study:
We were instructed by a tier 2 migrant to represent her for her switch to a Skilled worker visa.
The client initially approached us by submitting a free enquiry to our general line asking if she could make an application for indefinite leave to remain as a Tier 2 Migrant or whether she should switch from Tier 2 to Skilled worker/Global talent instead.
After taking further information from the client, we set up an advice session and advised the client that she would not be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain, despite having completed five years in the UK as a tier 2 migrant, as she was about to hand in her notice with her current employer and a requirement for settlement as a tier 2 migrant is that the employer ‘requires the applicant to work for them for the foreseeable future’.
The client further instructed us to prepare her application for an in-country switch to Skilled worker migrant (after advising her that the Global talent visa would be more cumbersome to acquire as she had not yet been endorsed by an appropriate body).
We sent the client a document checklist of evidence required, prepared the application and agreed to submit within 4 working days of receipt of all required evidence in comparison to our usual 10 working days timescale as the client required her BRP card prior to commencing her new employment as a condition of being offered the new position.
We promptly booked a biometric appointment for our client to attend 2 working days after submission and uploaded all evidence ready for her to attend the appointment.
Our client received her decision 36 working days after the biometric appointment.
Our business immigration lawyers have a wide range of experience in dealing with both sponsorship and visa applications for overseas workers. We are friendly and approachable and will work closely with you or your HR team to offer tailored advice and solutions to problems.
We offer a free 15-minute enquiry service to discuss your needs and advise you the best course of action in your circumstances.
We have offices in Middlesbrough, Gateshead, Wakefield and Nottingham. To speak to one of our expert immigration lawyers, ring us on 0330 133 7777, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete a Free Online Enquiry.
“Halliday Reeves has consistently provided a professional, thorough and efficient service in all immigration matters that we have had to address for our business. Conduct and confidentiality has been paramount at all times. Our business needs will require an ongoing service from Halliday Reeves. We will have no hesitation in using their services again.”
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