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Sponsorship Licence Applications

If your business requires to employ a high skilled worker from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you may want to apply for a Sponsor Licence to sponsor a worker under Tier 2. We are proud to offer you a full and complete assistance in obtaining Sponsor Licences and management of your human resources, which goes far beyond the regular legal services. We can run the process from the outset, starting from the point when you are considering to hire a high skilled worker from outside the EEA, through the process of the application, to the point when visa is granted for the prospective employee and even further. Your HR will always be under our careful supervision throughout the whole process to ensure compliance with Home Office's requirements. We can even be your HR or part of it.

What is on offer?

We will offer a key contact from your company an appointment with a solicitor to discuss your matter in details. If a skilled worker is already working for your company we may also offer an appointment for both of you.

What services we can provide for you?

1. Finding a high skilled worker from outside EEA.

a. Creating an advertisement for the required role.
b. Monitoring applications, assisting your company's HR, and conducting selection of candidates.
c. Assessing the job and the applicant and advising on the likelihood of the applicant getting Tier 2.

2. Making your Sponsor Licence Application.

a. Gathering all documents and submitting your application.
b. Provide advice on Management System, including on the responsibilities as a Sponsor.
c. Acting as the Key Contact or Level 1 User or Level 2 User of the business if requested.
d. Being in direct contact with the Home Office with regards to assigning certificates of sponsorship and keeping them updated on your behalf regarding any changes or migrant activities.

3. Checking your compliance with Home Office's requirements.

4. Making application for Tier 2 visa on behalf of the worker once sponsorship is granted.

a. Advising and representing skilled workers in making their Tier 2 leave to remain/entry clearance applications after receiving the certificate of sponsorship.
b. Advising and representing skilled workers' dependants to seek dependant visas in line with the visa of the main applicant.
c. Making a request for an administrative review if the skilled worker's visa application is refused.

5. Ongoing assistance

a. Providing support and guidance to the sponsor after receiving the Sponsorship and employing the skilled workers under Tier 2 visa.
b. Obtaining further Tier 2 certificates for new and existing employees.
c. Advising on compliance and maintenance of the Sponsor Management System;
d. Preparing for Home Office's audits and checking your compliance;
e. Training your HR and sponsorship management staff.
f. Advising in making applications for indefinite leave to remain for those who have already completed their five years' qualifying period in the UK.

How does the process work?

The application process for obtaining a Sponsor Licence consists mainly of the four stages:

1. Conducting Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT).
Your business shall identify the specific job you want to fill with a skilled worker and ensure that the chosen skilled worker will not displace a settled UK or EU national. The job has to be advertised for a minimum period of 28 days. There are circumstances where you may be exempt from conducting RLMT.

2.Applying and obtaining a Sponsor Licence.
We will make you application by advising you on the appropriate supporting documents, completing all necessary forms and representations.

3. Issuing Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).
Once the application for Sponsor Licence has been approved, you may now apply for a 'restricted' or 'unrestricted' CoS and then assign it to the employee.

4. Employing a skilled worker on Tier 2 visa.
We offer you our assistance in drafting the employment contract for the skilled worker to make sure it complies with Home Office's requirements.

We understand the whole process may seem daunting and complex, but we aim to make it as easy and approachable for you as possible. Our experts in both immigration and employment law will be ready to assist you at any time of the process.

Please contact our firm on 020 81 44 55 88, via email on info@LSLegaLUK.com or use the contact box to discuss your matter or make an appointment.