Sponsor License – Be Compliant & Keep Your Workforce
As one of England’s largest private colleges, it was big news when the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) lost its Tier 4 sponsorship license. It has resulted in an embarrassing loss of trust in LSBF and damage to their reputation internationally. It will prove expensive in terms of refunds to students no longer able to study at LSBF and lengthy court cases as students seek compensation for expenses taken on to attend the college, such as living costs and plane tickets. The loss of LSBF’s sponsor license should be a warning to all to remain wary and not let the same fate befall your company.
UK Visas and Immigration have shown that they will take action against those who fail to comply with their codes of practice and it’s worth reminding yourself of your duties as a sponsor. Although a number of duties are specific to particular tiers, some are required in all tiers. You must keep records and documentation of:
• Sponsored workers’ passports
• Up-to-date UK address of residence, phone numbers
• Details of recruitment and working practices.
There are further record-keeping responsibilities for those workers with biometric residence permits, Graduate Entrepreneur endorsement and the sponsors of individual under 18 years old. It is advisable to double-check what recording duties apply expressly to you and your business.
As a sponsor you are also responsible for reporting a number of changes or events using the UK Visas and Immigration Sponsor Management System within 10 working days. They include
• Non-attendance of the sponsor on the first day or for 10 working days
• Termination of the sponsorship for any reason
• Any changes in the circumstances of the sponsored individual, such as job title, salary and location of work.
At the more extreme side of your responsibilities, you must report any information that suggests the sponsor is engaged in criminal enterprise or terrorism. You also have to report significant changes within your business, such as a merger or going into administration. Again, perform Compliance Audit on regular basis, find out what is relevant to your circumstances, stay attentive to your duties and keep your workforce.
YDVISAS specialise in all visa categories and are specialist immigration lawyers in the UK. Please contact the expert team at YDVISAS, should you need any professional help with your visa application.