One of the guiding principles of the sponsorship regime is that holding a sponsor licence is a privilege and not a right. In order to maintain and retain the privilege of holding a sponsor licence (and to benefit from the migration which it enables) the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires sponsors to fulfil certain sponsorship duties. Our Immigration Team appreciate that ensuring compliance with sponsorship duties can be a challenging task for many organisations, especially when time and resources are scarce. Failure to comply can result in sponsors having their licence revoked, which can have a significant impact on the efficiency of the organisation and the staffing of the same as well as a devastating impact on their sponsored workers.
We have therefore prepared a comprehensive compliance package outlining the key duties that Skilled Worker sponsors must comply with to meet their record keeping and reporting duties and the wider duties on sponsors. The package also contains a checklist for all documentation that must be kept on a sponsored worker’s file to ensure compliance with your record keeping duties, as well as an outline on what actions must be taken following any change in ownership or merger. With all of the information in one place, this package aims to make complying with sponsorship duties more manageable for those involved in the maintenance of the sponsorship licence and includes tips on how to avoid falling foul of the UKVI requirements.