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Are you an employer looking to sponsor people from outside the EU? If so, we can help you obtain a Tier 2 sponsorship licence and help you comply with regulations on an ongoing basis. Contact the London office on 0344 991 9222 for further details.
UK Immigration revokes more Tier 2 Sponsorship licence
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with Tier 2 sponsorship licences are at greater risk than ever before of having their licences downgraded, suspended or withdrawn.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.
London School of Business and Finance - Tier 2 and 4 Licences problems
On 1 September 2015 one of the UK’s largest private colleges had its Tier 2 licence to sponsor overseas workers and Tier 4 licence to sponsor students from outside the EEA suspended. The London School of Business and Finance [LSBF], which forms part of an umbrella group that now owns the University of Law, is currently prohibited from sponsoring new students or workers from outside of the European Union.
The LSBF, which is part of Global University Systems [GUS] an international network of higher-education institutions has been flourishing thanks to policies of the former coalition government. Since 2010 Students at such private colleges can receive funding from the Student Loans Company to attend courses. On 1 September 2015 LSBF was given 20 days to appeal its sponsorship licence suspension.
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More skilled immigration to Ireland
We are receiving increasing interest in Ireland as an immigration option. If you have a contract or employment in Ireland, this may be worth considering. For many it is difficult to gain entry or leave to remain in the UK. In the UK fewer people now qualify for indefinite leave to remain. The UK Government is likely to take even more steps in future to restrict Tier 2 visas. The Tier 2 work visa is one of the few options left for work based entry to the UK.
If you are a highly skilled worker with good qualifications and experience then we may be able to come up with an immigration route for Ireland.
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