Our immigration team has sector specific experience and can provide legal support and advice to businesses on all aspects of immigration law, including on recruiting and retaining workers from outside of the UK.

Partner Julie Moktadir heads the immigration team at Stone King. Julie and the team represent and support many businesses struggling to recruit within the UK, from start-ups to tech companies. The team is also providing guidance to a number of businesses regarding the impact of Brexit on their workforce.



Are you interested in recruiting from outside of the UK?

Our team can offer solutions to workforce planning issues and advise on how to recruit from overseas.

Do you currently have non-British employees?

We can assist with your sponsorship licence, including renewals and compliance. Our team can complete document checks and support the use of your Sponsorship Management System (SMS). We can do this from your premises or remotely. We can support you by ensuring you are up-to-date with the latest immigration procedures.

Areas in which we can support you


  • Guidance and advice on all aspects of recruitment from within and outside the EEA
  • Advice on identity documents and right to work checks

Sponsoring workers

Any business seeking to fill vacancies may look to sponsor overseas workers. Our team is able to advise on effective recruitment and selection; give guidance and advice on all aspects of identity documentation and right to work checks; and assist with applications for sponsorship licences, including navigating the Sponsor Management System (SMS).

  • Applying for a sponsorship licence
  • Guidance on using the SMS
  • Acting as a Level 1 user
  • Licence management and compliance
  • Revocation of licence
  • Advising on right to work checks
  • Ongoing support

Bespoke audit services in readiness for UKVI visits

We conduct audits for both Worker sponsors and Temporary Worker sponsors, reviewing all current immigration processes and procedures, meeting with key personnel to advise on their duties and providing follow- up support, in readiness for any UKVI compliance visits.

Points-based system

We can assist with all aspects of the points-based system. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Undertaking the whole visa application process
  • Sponsoring workers under the Skilled Worker route of the points-based system
  • Sponsoring temporary workers under the Temporary Worker route of the points-based system

Advice on the EU Settlement Scheme and implications of Brexit

We appreciate this is an uncertain time for businesses and we can provide specific support in relation to Brexit and EU national workers. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Applying for settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, for any EU national employees
  • Advising employees on the implications of Brexit and providing materials to send to affected staff


We are able to provide a range of bespoke training, examples of which include:

  • Recruitment from overseas
  • Implications of Brexit
  • Responsibilities of a sponsorship licence holder

Case Studies

A tech company had been struggling to recruit in the UK, due to the highly-skilled labour required, and therefore wished to recruit from abroad. Our team provided assistance with every stage of the application to facilitate sponsorship; successfully applied for a sponsorship licence on their behalf and obtained Restricted (now Defined) and Unrestricted (now Skilled Worker) Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) to sponsor overseas workers. On the company’s behalf, the team applied for Entry Clearance for the Tier 2 (now Skilled Worker) route and Leave to Remain for the Tier 2 (now Skilled Worker) route, which were granted, allowing the individuals to begin work promptly.

Conducted the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) on behalf of a start-up business. Our team successfully supported the business through all stages, from the job advertisement to interview processes, in line with the UKVI requirements.

We help businesses complete day-to-day tasks in the Sponsor Management System (SMS), both by guiding clients through this remotely and through being an appointed Level 1 User and completing this on their behalf.

Immigration FAQ Fact Sheets

Using the Sponsorship Management System

The Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT)

Sponsoring Religious Workers & Ministers of Religion

Tier 2 Sponsorship - Complying with sponsorship requirements

Tier 2 Sponsorship - Sponsoring workers from outside the UK

Our fees


What our clients say

"Julie knows what she is talking about. She is very good with clients and very direct. She provides really tangible advice."

What our clients say

"I have found the team most helpful and speedy in answering any query. A recent webinar was extremely helpful for me and showed very good team work."

Legal 500, 2021

What our clients say

"From my experience, I can say that Stone King LLP is a very serious firm, always acting in a very professional manner. They are always very helpful; if they cannot help with an issue they are honest and advise to get help from another competent firm. As they have different expertise they are able to deliver advice in a personal way."

Legal 500, 2021

What our clients say

"As far as my experience goes, the team at Stone King LLP works together giving a sense of trust to the client who comes to know that the team is capable of answering the needs the client may have."

Legal 500, 2021

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