Sponsor Licence Compliance Audit: Routine But Rigorous
The sponsor licence compliance audit is now a routine aspect of the Sponsor Licence operation. The Home Office have made it abundantly clear in recent months that any organisation operating a Tier 2 and Tier 5 Sponsor licence is obliged to conduct their management of the scheme with the same rigour as the Home Office apply themselves. What is more, there is a further requirement to keep abreast of the changing demands made by updates to Home Office procedures and legislative changes. These are proving to be tough challenges for business to meet.
There is no doubt that the stakes for such organisations are high. Failure to meet the standards of record keeping and administration required by UKVI can lead to the suspension or even the revocation of a sponsor’s licence, with all the commercial downsides that such an eventuality might entail.
In the more extreme cases – those where an organisation is found to be employing someone illegally – Home Office may even impose criminal sanctions with a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker. Needless to say, a thorough sponsor licence compliance audit can be invaluable in maintaining the status of a business’s licence as well as its ability to trade profitably.
Increasingly, a routine aspect of administering a licence agreement is to conduct what are in effect dress-rehearsal audits, carried out by professionally qualified and specialised agencies such as YDVISAS, which will pinpoint any area of deficiency that might prove problematic in the eventuality of an actual inspection.
The Home Office regularly updates its register of sponsors. This is a self-evidently dynamic list. Any organisation found to be failing to meet the administrative standards required by UKBA runs the risk of being removed from the list at any time. The value of a thorough sponsor licence compliance audit should not be underestimated.
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