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UK Sponsorship License Application and Sponsor License Advisors

You may require hiring an employee from outside the EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland to work for you in the UK. To bring skilled migrant workers at first you must apply to the UK home office for sponsor license. Eligibility of applying Sponsor License Certain conditions require to be maintained before applying for a sponsor license. For instance, Your organization must be legally operated in the UK. You are honest and reliable not committing any crime against the law. You need to aware of and capable of carrying all the sponsorship duties and responsibilities. You require offering authentic work meeting the Tier 2 skill level. Moreover, before applying for UK sponsor License you should select the type of visa you want for your employee and right after all the documents ready you are allowed to apply through online and pay the fee. You need to submit required documents to meet the necessary levels and these must be supplied within five days after you submit the application. However, it is not guaranteed that hired employees will have the opportunity to stay there in the UK permanently. How UK immigration advisors help in easing your visa process The process of applying...

Tier 5 visa for temporary workers |Tier 5 visa category

Tier 5 visas are issued to those applicants who are wishing to work in the UK in a number of different circumstances for instance charity workers, entertainers, diplomatic staff and sportspeople. Most of them need a job offer from an authorized Tier 5 sponsors in the UK. Tier 5 visa categories Tier 5 temporary Visa –Charity Work: Applicants can submit their applications for this visa category who have an unpaid or voluntary job offer and a certificate of sponsorship from a UK charity. The job must be related to the sponsor charity’s work. Tier 5 temporary visa- Creative and sporting: This visa category is issued to them who are highly skilled with a job offer in the UK as a creative work such as a musician or an actor. An employer must have a certificate of sponsorship with a valid Tier 5 sponsorship license. Tier 5 temporary visa-Government authorized exchange: Applicants who are permitted to come in the UK with government authorised exchange scheme are eligible to apply for this visa category. Workers are allowed to do the training, academic research or fellowship there. Tier 5 temporary visas- International Agreement: This category is issued to those who have a job...

Certain changes related to Tier 5 of the Points-Based System

Sponsors of creative workers in the Creative and Sporting sub-category must comply with a recruitment code of practice or otherwise take into account the needs of the resident labour market. A change is being made to waive this requirement for creative sector jobs which appear on the Shortage Occupation List. A further change is being made to the codes of practice for creative workers so that sponsors do not need to carry out a recruitment search where a performer is required for continuity or is engaged by a unit company in relation to productions outside the UK, rather than outside the EEA, as at present. This ensures that non-EEA nationals who have performed in productions elsewhere in the EEA are not disadvantaged. Amendments are being made to clarify the maximum grant periods for Tier 5 (Temporary Workers). The Rules are amended to provide for the operation of arrangements to manage the allocation of places under the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) allocation for Taiwan, where demand is expected to significantly exceed supply.

Tier 2 changes being enforced from April 2017

The Tier 2 (General) category is for migrant workers with an offer of a skilled job from a licensed employer which cannot be filled by a resident worker. The following changes are being made following the review of Tier 2 by the MAC: The following changes are being made following the review of Tier 2 by the MAC: The salary threshold for experienced workers is being increased to £30,000 for the majority of new applicants. The salary threshold for new entrants remains at £20,800. The changes laid in November 2016 (HC 667) exempted nurses, medical radiographers, paramedics and secondary school teachers in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, and Mandarin from the new salary threshold until July 2019. This exemption continues, and a further change is being made to award these occupations extra points when allocating places in the Tier 2 (General) limit, to bring them into parity with occupations paying higher salaries. The additional points only apply where such jobs are not already prioritised due to being included on the Shortage Occupation List. Changes are being made to support posts associated with the relocation of a high value business to the UK or a significant new inward investment project, where...

Tier 2 changes : criminal checks

Information on the criminal record certificate requirement From April 2017, the Government plans to extend the requirement to provide a criminal record certificate to the following applicants: From April 2017, the Government plans to extend the requirement to provide a criminal record certificate to the following applicants: Tier 2 (General) entry clearance applicants coming to work in the education, health and social care sectors. Partners of the main applicants as above. Partners applying overseas to join an existing Tier 2 (General) migrant working in one of these sectors. Certificates must be provided for any country in which the applicant has resided for 12 months or more (whether continuously or in total) in the last 10 years prior to their application, while aged 18 or over. If you are a prospective Tier 2 (General) migrant in an occupation defined by one of SOC codes above, your prospective employer should inform you of this requirement when they assign a Certificate of Sponsorship. If you apply after the requirement takes effect in April 2017, you must provide: Either an original or scanned copy of a criminal record certificate for each country (excluding the UK) where you have resided for 12 months or more...

Tier 2 and 5 priority change of circumstance service

Tier 2 and 5 priority change of circumstance service About the service The priority change of circumstances service allows Tier 2 and 5 A-rated sponsors to apply for a faster consideration of 4 types of change of circumstances request. These are: in year certificate of sponsorship (CoS) allocation follow on CoS allocation add new Level 1 user replace an authorising officer (AO) 2.Eligibility You can only apply for this service if you are an A-rated Tier 2 or 5 licensed sponsor. This service does not apply to restricted certificates of sponsorship. Change of circumstances requests submitted before Monday 7 November 2016 will not be eligible for consideration under the priority service and will be considered under the 18 weeks service standard. 3.How to apply Full guidance on how to submit a change of circumstances request on the sponsorship management system (SMS) can be found in the SMS Manual. Once you have submitted your request you will receive a telephone number to contact, to check the service availability and pay the fee via debit/credit card. During the call you will be asked for your sponsorship licence number, please have this ready. Only one request will be accepted on each call. A...

Immigration Analysis: Compliance, Enforcement, and Policy

Immigration Analysis: Compliance, Enforcement, and Policy Today’s immigration environment is ever-changing and increasingly complex. Last week the campaign to end new rules on family migration took a major step forward with a debate in the House of Lords, followed by a significant judgment in the High Court. Further changes to the Immigration Rules will continue to happen and the Home Office will make changes to their policy, which will impact both individuals and companies who sponsor migrants to work in the UK. Most notably, regulatory requirements are fluctuating and enforcement actions are aggressive. ICS Legal, with its depth of experience and broad global reach, is uniquely positioned to offer analysis, commentary, and up-to-the-minute information about the impact these changes will have.  

Amendments to Tier 5 of the Points-Based System

Tier 5 of the Points-Based System caters for youth mobility and temporary workers coming for primarily non-economic purposes, and consists of two categories: Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) and Tier 5 (Temporary Workers). The Temporary Workers category consists of five sub-categories: Creative and Sporting, Charity Workers, Religious Workers, Government Authorised Exchange, and International Agreement. Applicants must have a Tier 5 Sponsor, which is usually their UK employer. The International Agreement sub-category provides for workers who may be admitted under the UK’s international commitments, but who are not otherwise covered by provisions in the Immigration Rules. Changes are being made to this sub-category to make provision for independent professionals seeking admission under the relevant commitments in certain international trade agreements to which the UK is a party. The changes require such professionals to have a university degree or a technical qualification demonstrating knowledge of an equivalent level, any professional qualifications required by law or other regulations for them to exercise the activity in question in the UK, and at least six years’ professional experience in the sector concerned. Further changes are being made to this sub-category to expand the provision for contractual service suppliers (who do not otherwise have a UK...

7 years concession for under 18

Section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 requires the UK Border Agency to carry out its existing functions in a way that takes into account the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the UK. It does not impose any new functions, or override existing functions.The changes to the policy from 9th July 2012, brought a new legislation under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. It states the following: Where a person asserts that they have family life with children, the decision maker must ensure that the person can satisfy all of the factors listed at (a) to (e) below: (a) They have a genuine and subsisting parental relationship with a child who is under 18. (b) The child is in the UK. (c) The child either 1. is British; or 2. has lived in the UK for at least 7 years preceding the date of the immigration decision. (d) It would not be reasonable to expect the child to leave the UK. (e) There is no other family member who is able to care for the child in the UK. If you believe your case can benefit from this policy, then please speak to ICS...