Compliance checks and immigration audits ensure that an employer has met their sponsor license duties.
Awards and Accreditations
If you are a sponsor licence holder, you will be inspected by the Home Office at some point during the validity period of your licence. Inspections may be announced or unannounced.
The purpose of these audits is to make sure that the information you gave as part of your sponsor licence application is accurate and that you are able and continuing to comply with the obligations of your Sponsor License. UKVI may also visit your business premises to carry out checks before a decision on your initial sponsor licence application is made.
The consequences of non-compliance are severe. It includes the risk of having your Tier 2 or Tier 5 Sponsor License refused, downgraded, suspended or revoked. A negative decision may impact your business profitability, staffing levels and reputation.
Sterling Immigration understand the repercussions that non-compliance will have on your business. We will assist your business to prepare for an immigration audit and ensure that your business is in full compliance with your Sponsor License duties.
What happens during a Home Office compliance visit?
When UKVI compliance officers visit your business premises they will check that:
- Information that has been given to UKVI is accurate and complete
- You are able to offer employment at the appropriate skill level
- Your business is legitimate and conducting genuine activities in the UK
- There are no reasons to believe you will assist foreign nationals to circumvent the UK’s immigration laws.
- You are committed to and actually are, complying with all the duties of sponsorship
UKVI compliance officers will scrutinize your record keeping, reporting and immigration status monitoring processes.
Immigration Audit Package
Our immigration lawyers are experts in the Government’s immigration compliance regime and keep up to date with this complex and evolving area of immigration law.
Our legal team will conduct a mock immigration audit to ensure that your business is in compliance with the sponsor license regime and that you are well prepared for a Home Office visit.
During our mock immigration audit, a specialist business immigration lawyer will check your document management and record-keeping systems. We will review the personnel files of any sponsored foreign workers to identify any potential areas of concern and suggest areas for improvement. We will conduct mock interviews with your HR team so that they are aware of the type of questions that the Compliance Officer is likely is likely to ask. We will speak to any foreign workers to ensure that they are familiar with the terms and conditions of their UK visas We will also conduct right to work checks on your other employees to ensure you are complying with your obligation to prevent illegal working.
Following our mock immigration audit, you will receive a comprehensive written report prepared by the immigration lawyer who conducted the audit identifying risk areas and providing expert recommendations for improvement.
If required, we can undertake a follow-up immigration audit and to further assess any changes that have been implemented.
Call us on 0208 099 7560, complete the online contact form or email us at [email protected] to learn more about how we can help your business remain in compliance with UK immigration law.