Sponsor Licence Success for High Profile UK Charity​

Our expert immigration lawyers were recently instructed to assist in the preparation and submission of a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Application for a highly respectable international charity organisation. The Charity, which had been operating in the UK for several years, wished to acquire the services of a highly skilled worker from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). After receiving the Applicant’s instructions in an initial consultation with our expert immigration lawyers, we were instructed to make a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Application on behalf of the Applicant along with legal representations.

Within a month of submitting the online Sponsor Licence Application and sending the Home Office detailed legal representations accompanied with the relevant supporting documents, our business immigration solicitors received news that the charity had been successfully listed on the Home Office’s Tier 2 Sponsor Register and can now hire highly skilled workers from outside the EEA Countries.

UK Sponsor Licence for Employers

The Tier 2 Sponsor Licence allows UK businesses to employ non-EEA migrant workers within their organisation. Obtaining a Sponsor Licence is a far from straightforward process and involves referencing not only the current UK immigration laws but also the Home Office’s supplementary guidance notes which can be quite complex.

Statistics released by the Home Office earlier this year in January, revealed that altogether there were 29,680 employers on the Sponsor Register on 4 January 2016 which was 4% more than October last year (29,361). This means that there is a steady increase of organisations being granted permission to hire non-EEA migrants. Today, 30,111 UK businesses are listed on the Home Office’s Tier 2 Sponsor Register, all are able to hire nationals from outside the EEA countries.

In the case of a charitable organisation, they can also employ Non – EEA national volunteers under the charity worker category. The charity will need to obtain a sponsor licence from UKVI and pay the Home Office fee for the same. When the licence is granted, the charity can issue a Certificate of Sponsorship, which it will assign to the volunteer. This unique reference number is what the volunteer will have to use to apply for permission to volunteer for that charity in the UK.

Obtaining a UK Business Sponsor Licence

In this case, our client was a UK registered international charity organisation which had been operating for several years and is focused on helping people make informed decisions about healthcare. The charity needed to recruit the services of a highly skilled worker from outside the EEA area and they approached our immigration lawyers for advice.

In some circumstances, employers may need to carry out a Resident Labour Market Test unless one of the exemptions apply. The Resident Labour Market Test requires employers to advertise a position in the UK in certain prescribed ways to provide evidence to the Home Office that there is no suitable worker already within the UK workforce who could do the job.

Our immigration lawyers, who are regularly instructed by UK companies, were quick to advise the charity on navigating the rules and the documentation needed to accompany the application and in doing so were able to ensure a successful result.

Expert Business Immigration Lawyers

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the Tier 2 UK Sponsorship Licence applications process step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a telephone case assessment even if you wish to consider other advisers.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our legal case assessment form and we will get in touch or call us now 02071830570 on for a telephone case assessment.

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