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Immigration

UK Immigration Services

UK Corporate Immigration

Advice for Employers on all aspects of UK Corporate Immigration Law

We specialise in all aspects of the Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence, Tier 2 Compliance and Audit, Tier 2 General and Tier 2 ICT Visas. Our clients consist of high profile multinational organisations to smaller UK based businesses.

Specialist Immigration Advice

Our team of specialist Immigration lawyers have a proven track record of success, this is maintained by paying attention to detail and ensuring that they stay abreast of the latest development and changes to the Immigration Rules.

UK Corporate Immigration Services

We can assist with all aspects of corporate immigration, we can manage the entire process for you or deal with specific issues as they arise, we can assist with the following applications:

  • Conduct a pre-registration audit of your existing HR Systems to ensure that you meet with the UKBA requirements;
  • Assist you with the Tier 2, 4 and 5 Sponsorship Licence Registration application process;
  • Assist you with issuing a Certificates of Sponsorship (COS) through the Sponsor Management System (SMS); and Confirmations of Acceptance for Studies under Tier 4
  • Ensure that you meet with other procedural requirements of the Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence process such as the resident labour market test and the appropriate salary requirements;
  • Assist with Tier 2 Audit and Compliance requirements;
  • Evaluate new hires and Tier 2 Intra Company transfers to ensure that they comply with the relevant points based criteria;
  • Prepare and assist with in country and entry clearance Tier 2 General applications;
  • Preparing applications for additional Certificates of Sponsorship in accordance with the Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence guideline;
  • Submit further leave to remain or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications for employees upon eligibility;
  • Tier 2 Change of Employment applications;
  • Deal with any Tier 2 ICT queries;
  • Tier 2 and 4 visas and all Certificate of Sponsorship and Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies allocation requests;
  • Assistance with Switching visa status between relevant immigration categories;
  • Tier 4 – Highly Trusted Sponsor status renewal applications;
  • Challenging unlawful UKBA decisions by Judicial Review or Appeal;
  • Advice on the Prevention of illegal working, appropriate record keeping and monitoring processes;
  • Business visitor visas, Sole representative visa applications;
  • Tier 1 – Entrepreneur visa applications, for those who wish to establish, join or take over one or more businesses in the UK;
  • Tier 1, 2, 4 Visa extension applications;
  • Creative and Sportsperson visa applications
  • Visas for Points based dependents
  • Overseas entry clearance applications for applicants

UK Tier 2 Sponsorship License Application

As specialists in this area of law, we will guide you through the complex Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence process and advise you on the most appropriate solution bearing in mind the long term objectives of your company. We will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence and that all procedural issues are adhered to. We can manage the entire sponsorship process on your behalf.

How CSB Solicitors can assist you with your Tier 2 Sponsorship License Application

At CSB Solicitors Solicitors we can assist you with the following applications:

  • Conduct a pre-registration audit of your existing HR Systems to ensure that you meet with the UKBA requirements;
  • Assist you with the Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence Registration application process;
  • Assist you with issuing a Certificates of Sponsorship (COS) through the Sponsor Management System (SMS);
  • Ensure that you meet with other procedural requirements of the Tier 2 Sponsorship License process such as the resident labour market test and the appropriate salary requirements;
  • Evaluate new hires and Intra  Company transfers to ensure that they comply with the relevant points based criteria;
  • Prepare and assist with in country and entry clearance Tier 2 General applications;
  • Preparing applications for additional Certificates of Sponsorship in accordance with the Tier 2 Sponsorship License guideline;
  • Submit further leave to remain or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications for employees upon eligibility; and
  • Deal with any Tier 2 ICT queries.

Single or Multiple Tier 2 Sponsorship Licenses

If you have several branches in the UK, you may opt to apply for a license as a single entity or apply for a separate License for each location. After discussing your specific needs with you we will advise you of the best course of action to follow.

How long will the Tier 2 Sponsorship License be valid for?

Once your Tier 2 Sponsorship License is in place, this will be valid for 4 years providing you continue to meet with the Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence requirements.

UK Corporate > Compliance and Sponsorship Duties

Compliance and Tier 2 Sponsorship License

After a Tier 2 Sponsorship License has been issued, you will have certain responsibilities that you will need to adhere to. You will need to ensure that your HR department is equipped to monitor your Tier 2 employees and ensure that you comply with the UKBA requirements.Sponsorship Duties under Tier 2 of the Sponsorship License

As an approved Tier 2 Sponsorship License entity you will need to ensure that you adhere the UKBA policy guidelines. Your responsibilities will consist of the following:Record Keeping – The sponsor is required to keep certain documents on file in compliance with UKBA policy guidelines. Failure to keep these documents may have an adverse affect on the company’s Sponsorship rating and continued ability to remain on the register of the Tier 2 Sponsorship License register.Reporting – The Tier 2 Sponsorship License holder is required to report the absence of Tier 2 workers, when a Tier 2 worker terminates his employment, the sponsor stops sponsoring the migrant, a significant change in the migrant’s employment status and any breach of the Tier 2 workers visa conditions.Compliance – As a License Tier 2 Sponsor you will need to ensure the following;

  • That the tier 2 sponsored migrant you employ is legally entitled to do the job in question and has the relevant accreditation and is registered with the relevant professional accreditation;
  • That you have the appropriate authority to conduct your business e.g. relevant professional accreditation;
  • That you only assign Certificates of Sponsorship under the sponsor License to Tier 2 migrants who meet the relevant UKBA criteria;
  • Ensure that your recruitment practice is in compliance with the UKBA policy guidelines and immigration rules.

Tier-Specific Duties – The Tier 2 Licensed Sponsor has certain specific reporting duties in relation to employing Tier 2 general and Intra – Company transfer employees. They will need to ensure that the Tier 2 migrant intends to, and is able to do the specified job for which he is sponsored, that the job offered is at least at the relevant NQF Level, that the Tier 2 Sponsor has carried our the requisite resident labour market test. With the Tier 2 Intra – Company transferee, you will need to ensure that the employee has been employed for the requisite period.
As the UKBA constantly change their policies and procedures, it would be advisable to let a professional assist you with meeting your obligations. We can offer either guidance through a paid consultation, to deal with a specific aspect of the sponsorship license process, manage the whole process on your behalf, thereby freeing you up to concentrate on running your business.
The importance of remaining compliant under UK immigration law as an employer is not only important so as to avoid heavy fines that may be levied against you by the UK Border Agency but, non-compliance could also result in negative press impacting your professional reputation amongst peers and customers.

Non-Compliance and Revocation of the Sponsorship License

In certain instances the UKBA may downgrade or revoke a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence if you fail to comply with the relevant UKBA requirements, examples in which a License will be revoked consist of the following;

  • If the company gave also information on the Sponsorship License application;
  • If the company ceases to be accredited or registered with the requisite professional body;
  • If the company is sold, or goes into liquidation;
  • If the court issues a bankruptcy order against the company; and
  • If the company ceases to have an operating or trading presence in the UK;

CSB Solicitors can provide you with the following services to assist you with the Tier 2 Sponsorship License and Continued Compliance

  • Work with you to assist you to ensure that you have effective HR systems in place to ensure effective compliance with the UKBA;
  • Arrange to carry out audits of personnel files and HR systems to ensure continued compliance;
  • Ensure compliance of requirements by acting as the key contact and Level 1 user on the Sponsorship Management System;
  • Assisting with requesting additional certificates of Sponsorships online and then assigning these to the relevant applicants;
  • Assisting with Tier 2 general applications;
  • Appealing any unfavourable findings after a UKBA audit inspection if required and providing legal representation;
  • An annual review of your sponsored employees’ files to check compliance with duties under the Points Based System including record keeping, new employee checking procedures and reporting and recommending changes; and
  • Keep you updated on the latest changes to the Immigration rules.

Why use CSB Solicitors to apply for Tier 2 Sponsorship License or Tier 2 Visa Issues?

After we have established your exact needs we will devise a specific actions plan so that you can obtain Tier 2 accreditation and thereafter successfully employ non EEA migrants under the Tier 2 visa category. At CSB Solicitors we have extensive experience in advising business on corporate immigration matters; specifically in relation to the UKBA Sponsorship requirements and other Tier 2 work permit related issues. We pride ourselves on providing a consultative approach tailored towards the needs of our clients.

  • We will ensure that you meet with all the UK Tier 2 Sponsorship requirements, we will prepare your application to the highest standards including all the relevant documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful application and avoiding unnecessary expense of re-submitting your application to the Home Office;
  • Our team of immigration lawyers have a proven track record of success in advising businesses in relation to their corporate immigration needs and testimony to this is the fact that 90% of our work comes from referrals; and
  • Our immigration specialists remain up to date with the changes to the UK immigration rules and policy guidance.

Why use CSB Solicitors?

After we have established your exact needs we will devise a specific actions plan so that you can obtain Tier 2 accreditation and thereafter successfully employ non EEA migrants under the Tier 2 visa category. At Turnbull Rutherford we have extensive experience in advising business on corporate immigration matters; specifically in relation to the UKBA Sponsorship requirements and other Tier 2 work permit related issues. We pride ourselves on providing a consultative approach tailored towards the needs of our clients.

  • We will ensure that you meet with all the UK Tier 2 Sponsorship requirements, we will prepare your application to the highest standards including all the relevant documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful application and avoiding unnecessary expense of re-submitting your application to the Home Office;
  • Our team of immigration lawyers have a proven track record of success in advising businesses in relation to their corporate immigration needs and testimony to this is the fact that 90% of our work comes from referrals; and
  • Our immigration specialists remain up to date with the changes to the UK immigration rules and policy guidance.

CSB Law and Solicitors Regulation AuthorityCompliance

We are a firm of solicitors which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to provide immigration advice. Your matter will be dealt with by qualified immigration solicitors from instruction through to completion of your immigration matter.

Get in touch for a Free Legal Consultation

If you have any queries on the above information or would like some general immigration advice on the Tier 1 Investor Visa, the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa, or any other High Net Worth Immigration issues, then please get in touch or complete the form above and one of our Immigration Solicitors will give you a call.