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Business Immigration

Business Immigration is a complex and ever-changing area of law. UK businesses face increasing challenges when looking to recruit and retain highly skilled migrant workers, and it can be difficult to keep up-to-date.

We offer an expert and pragmatic legal service, tailored to the precise needs of your business, guiding you through both the technical and practical aspects of business immigration law and policy.

With particular uncertainty around Brexit, we can help businesses to secure the rights of the existing EU workforce and to plan for life ‘post-Brexit’.

Our business immigration services include:

Immigration compliance and preventing illegal working

All employers are required to verify their employees’ right to work in the UK. Failure to do so carries the risk of civil penalties of up to £20,000 per illegal worker, as well as criminal sanctions in some circumstances.

We can help you get the appropriate policies and procedures in place, to ensure you are not inadvertently employing illegal workers, and advise on the appropriate steps if you discover they might be.

Sponsor licence applications

In an increasingly globalised marketplace, the ability to recruit the best talent from anywhere in the world is essential in maintaining a competitive edge.

Whether you need to fill a permanent position, or temporarily transfer an employee from an international group company, you need to ensure that your business is prepared and obtain a sponsor licence. We can guide and support you through this process.

Sponsor licence management

Being a licence sponsor holder comes with responsibilities, including establishing and maintaining adequate internal reporting and compliance procedures.

We can help you navigate the system, create and assign certificates of sponsorship, and assist you with your day-to-day sponsor responsibilities.

Assisting employees with Tier 2 visa applications and other routes of entry

We can advise on the most appropriate route of entry into the UK for your staff (and their family). We can also guide them through the entry clearance process in their country of origin and support them on their passage into the UK.

Planning for Brexit and post-Brexit

Have you audited your workforce? Can you identify those employees who may be impacted by post-Brexit immigration regimes?

Immigration policy will continue to be hotly debated during the exit negotiations and businesses will need to be prepared to respond swiftly to any developments.

Ensuring you have up-to-date and accurate information about your workforce is important. We can help with presentations, briefings and employee surgeries for EU nationals.

Immigration audits and training

Would your managers and/or HR staff benefit from a refresher on the company’s responsibilities under immigration legislation?

We can develop a bespoke training package to give decision makers the knowledge they need to protect your business from the risk of employing illegal workers.

For more information about our business immigration services please contact our immigration expert, Angela Barnes, or use the button below to enquire.