UK Immigration revokes more Tier 2 Sponsorship licences

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More and more companies are seeing their Tier 2 sponsorship licences suspended or revoked as the Home Office visits companies and looks for non-compliance with the Tier 2 sponsorship licence requirements.

Companies with Tier 2 sponsorship licences have a range of responsibilities to adhere to on an ongoing basis and authorities are becoming increasingly hardline in enforcing the Tier 2 sponsorship licence requirements. Those with Tier 2 sponsorship licences are at greater risk than ever before of having their licences downgraded, suspended or withdrawn.

Responsibilities of Tier 2 sponsors include checking that the employed migrant is legally entitled to do the job in question such as having the right qualifications and registration for a particular type of job (for example to employ a doctor). The Home Office requires employers to keep current passport, visa and contact information on file for all Tier 2 sponsored immigrants.

Tier 2 sponsors are required to have human resource systems in place allowing them to monitor an employees' immigration status. If a Tier 2 visa migrant ceases to be sponsored, is absent from work or terminates their contract, sponsors should report the change on the sponsorship management system to UK Visas and Immigration. If Tier 2 sponsored workers are not complying with their visa conditions, UK Visas and Immigration should also be informed by the employer.

In August, former government advisor and executive officer of Coadec (Coalition for a digital economy), Guy Levin, criticised the Tory government's handling of the Tier 2 visa for migrants. In response to the government's plan to further tighten visa rules, Levin said: "The proposals are already having a negative effect, increasing the perception that the UK does not welcome foreign workers and is not an attractive proposition for anyone looking to start-up a business here."

Sanwar Ali, Editor of News has the following comments to make:

"We believe that the Tier 2 Sponsorship licence system is putting an excessive burden on employers. Employers are in effect having to act as immigration officers enforcing immigration controls. The Home Office is taking a very aggressive attitude when deciding whether or not to revoke sponsorship licences. Many of the decisions to suspend and revoke Tier 2 sponsorship licences are very unfair. Even employers who have worked very hard to comply with the Tier 2 sponsorship licence regulations are having their sponsorship licences revoked. We cannot help thinking that the reason for this is to try and reduce levels of immigration into the UK."