We are a qualified and experienced immigration firm, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). We offer assistance and specialist advice on specific immigration issues. We are not part of the Home Office. General immigration advice and forms can be found on the Home Office website www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.
To be able to employ non-EEA citizens, a company needs to hold a United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) sponsor licence. Once a company holds a licence it is then able to issue certificates of sponsorship which are required as part of each non-EEA individual’s immigration application under Tier 2 of the Points Based System.
The process of applying for a sponsorship licence can be very frustrating for companies as the UKBA scrutinises applications very carefully. Further it is very strict with which documents can be submitted as part of the application. The UKBA needs to be satisfied that the company or organisation is a suitable one and further that it is capable of keeping sufficient records and fulfilling the duties required as part of being a sponsor. Companies are required to submit at least a minimum amount of specific documents depending on the type of Company and how long it has been trading for. The documents have to be either original or certified copies and the UKBA is very strict if the documents are not certified exactly in line with relevant guidance.
Companies who had tried to make the application without the help of an Immigration representative will often come to us after their application has been rejected or refused due to either a lack of the correct documents submitted or the documents not being in exactly the correct format. There is currently a large backlog of applications waiting to be decided by the UKBA so it is very important for companies to get their applications sent to the UKBA well in advance of when they want to sponsor a non-EEA skilled worker.
It is essential that companies submit the correct documents. If they do not then the UKBA will simply reject the application and send it back and during the time that they should be welcoming their new skilled member of staff they will instead be desperately trying to get all the right documents together to send the application again.
We can guide you through the whole process of applying and assist you every step of the way. We will also be strict about your documents but this is because we want to help you and to ensure that your application will not get rejected. If you are interested in applying for a sponsor licence so that you can sponsor non-EEA workers then please get in touch with us on 020 7043 6026.
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