Tier 2 Visa - Employing Oversea's Workers In The UK

Any company in the United Kingdom which wishes to employ workers from outside the European Union must first obtain a sponsorship licence from the Home Office. As it is currently being proposed by the government that the “cap” on the numbers of such workers will be lifted in 2019, there may never be a better time for a British company to obtain such a licence.

At Cromwell Wilkes we are experts in these applications and can guide a company through the whole application from first enquiry to the grant of the licence itself. We will work with you at every step of the application process to ensure the company has the best possible chance of success.

NOTICE: WE DO NOT HELP NON EU / OVERSEAS / FOREIGN WORKERS FIND JOBS IN THE UK. THIS SERVICE IS FOR ESTABLISHED NATIONAL BUSINESSES THAT ARE LOOKING TO HIRE FOREIGN WORKERS ONLY.

We also provide ongoing support once the licence is granted by offering to act as “Key Contact” for the Home Office Business Team in order that the licence is used correctly and effectively, and in a manner which best serves the interests both of the company, and those it wishes to recruit.

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We further offer detailed advice on the process of recruiting your chosen employee – from compliance with the Home Office “Resident Labour Test”, through to the visa application itself.

Our professional fees are highly competitive in this complex and important area of UK Immigration Law, and our reputation for quality service and client success has been built and enhanced over years of experience.

UPDATE – Licence to Sponsor Overseas Worker

EMPLOYERS URGED TO APPLY NOW FOR LICENCE TO SPONSOR OVERSEAS WORKERS ONCE FREE MOVEMENT ENDS

Under the new immigration system planned to kick in from January 2021, the minimum skill level needed to be sponsored for a general work visa will be reduced from RQF level 6 to RQF level 3. This means that jobs which are considered to be A-level standard can be sponsored, instead of the Bachelor’s degree qualifications which are required now.

Organisations that don’t use the sponsorship system at the moment but think they are likely to be recruiting overseas workers at this lower skill level next year can apply now for a sponsor licence.

In an update to the sponsor guidance, the Home Office has added a new Annex 9 aimed at businesses that want to get their applications in ahead of time. It states that:

You must meet all of the requirements set out in this guidance, except the current requirement to offer employment at RQF6 or above.

The application process will therefore be largely the same as it used to be previously. The organisation will still need to meet the eligibility and suitability criteria, apply on the same online form and consult Appendix A for the supporting documents. But they will only need to show they can offer “genuine employment skilled to level RQF3 or above”, rather than RQF6 as today.

Appendix A has been largely unchanged, so sheds little light on what exactly proving this entails. Annex 9 says that “further information on this will be provided later in the year”.

If you wish to know more about how we can help your company access the global market, please complete our enquiry form setting out your business needs and we will arrange a free initial consultation at your convenience.

NOTICE: WE DO NOT HELP NON EU / OVERSEAS / FOREIGN WORKERS FIND JOBS IN THE UK. THIS SERVICE IS FOR ESTABLISHED NATIONAL BUSINESSES THAT ARE LOOKING TO HIRE FOREIGN WORKERS ONLY.

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