Preparation Key to Tier 2 Sponsorship Success
A Tier 2 sponsor licence is a serious undertaking for any business and it is important that anyone considering recruiting skilled staff from overseas is aware of the practicalities as well as the legal aspects of the scheme. It is in the nature of business that time is always of the essence, and as anyone who has tried to recruit specialist staff will know only too well, it can be a long, drawn out and frustrating process.
Currently, 53% of applications for a tier 2 sponsor licence are refused or invalided. This describes simply the period of time between the application being submitted and a judgement being announced. It does not refer to the considerable time that applicants may take preparing their application and assembling the relevant documents. This can take every bit as long as the approval processes and it is good to be aware of that from the outset. Some key sectors including health workers and IT specialists saw the rules for their employment relaxed this autumn following strong lobbying.
Although the current system is considerably more streamlined than it was only a few years ago – when applications could routinely take months to reach approval – a Tier 2 sponsor licence is still not something that can be gained overnight. And if the application has not been completed competently, fully and accurately it is almost certain to take longer – if it is not rejected altogether.
The fundamental necessity when considering making an application for a Tier 2 sponsor licence is to accept this drawn-out timescale and to prepare the initial application paper work as thoroughly and comprehensively as possible. It is a simple rule of thumb that the earlier and better the input to the application, the more quickly it can be expedited, and with a greater chance of success. Anyone considering hiring overseas staff on the basis of a Tier 2 sponsor licence is advised to do so on the basis of fully qualified professional advice at the earliest opportunity.
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