Our specialist Corporate/Business immigratio solicitors pronvide prompt, efficient and cost-effective advice and service to organisations looking to to employ overseas nationals (Non EU Nationals) under Tier 2 and Tier 5 of the Points Based System or Educational institutions wishing to sponsor students to come and study in the United Kingdom (Educational Sponsors) under Tier 4 category of the Points Based System.
Many employers rely on being able to hire people from outside the UK or Europe to ensure their workforce has the best skills, experience and qualifications. Recruitment of non EEA nationals from overseas is often essential for positions where there is a skills shortage in the UK or where specialist language skills are needed. Individuals are often keen to come to the UK to work, set up a business or study.
However, if your main aim is to ensure that your new employees are able to start work quickly and move to the UK with as little stress as possible, you need to satisfy the requirements of the Points Based System as provided in the Sponsor guidance and the UK Immigration Law. There are several procedures that need to be followed and requirements that needs to be met/satisfied before an employer can bring in a skilled worker to work for them. This can often seem unduly complex and confusing.
Our specialist corporate immigration team has a wealth of experience in all areas of business immigration law including the points based system (PBS) and keep abreast of the latest developments so that they can guide clients through the immigration process. We have expertise in relation to applications under various tiers of the Points Based System including applications for Investors, Entrepreneurs, Exceptional talented professionals, Graduate enterpreneurs etc under Tier 1 category of the points based system. We have a wealth of experience in advising clients on applying for sponsor licences and issuing certificates of sponsorship (under Tier 2 (General & ICT) as well as Tier 5 of the PBS. We have excellent success rate for our clients’ in relation to submitting sponsor licence applications and successfully obtaining them.
We provide training and undertake mock compliance visits (Health Checks) to sponsor licence holders to make sure that they comply with the requirements of the Tier 2, 4 and 5 Sponsor guidance and advise them in relation to the best practices that they would need to follow to satisfy the sponsor guidance requirements. In this way we can ensure that you are compliant with the Sponsor guidance and also do not fall foul of UK's illegal civil penatly system where an employer could be fined up to £20,000.00 for emplying a illegal worker. We can also help mitigate problems should you discover employees who do not have permission to work in the UK. The following link provides details information on penalties for employing illegal workers. https://www.gov.uk/penalties-for-employing-illegal-workers.
These services are very useful to companies as they ensure that they remain on the Home Office's Register of Sponsors or those organisations which wish to become sponsors.
Over the years we have developed special contacts at the Home Office who in the majority of cases help expedite applications if there is a strong business case.
We are able to arrange to submit certain types of immigration applications for employees by booking Premium service same day appointments or various other services offered by home office or their partners (like Sofra Steria) in advance. Such applications will usually be processed on the day of the appointment or other date as agreed in advance, saving you from wasting valuable time queuing at the Home Office or having to submit postal applications which take weeks to process.
If you need any further advice or legal assistance, please contact us in confidence on 020 8367 0505 or email us to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our solicitors will be able to help you.