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. This 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 duties and responsibilities of a licensed sponsor.
UKVI may also visit your business premises to carry out checks before a decision on your sponsor licence application is made. Our immigration barristers can draw on their experience of Home Office compliance requirements to conduct an immigration audit of your business ahead of any Home Office inspection.
When UKVI compliance officers visit your business premises they will check that:
The compliance officer may not give an indication of their assessment or your ability to comply with sponsor duties during the visit.
The Home Office may check sponsors at random. These visits can be announced or unannounced.
If your migrant workers perform their employment duties at a third party’s office, it is your responsibility to ensure that the third party is aware of the possibility of unplanned and unannounced visits and checks being conducted at their premises and ensure their full cooperation.
If the compliance officers discover a problem before making a decision on your sponsor licence application then the application may be refused.
If the compliance officers find discrepancies in your application after a decision has already been made to grant or renew your sponsor licence, they will take action against you. This could result in your licence being revoked, suspended, or downgraded, with repercussions for sponsored employees.
The ratings of all licensed sponsors are on the Home Office website. A downgrade could result in negative publicity and reputational damage.
If the Home Office considers that you have attempted deception in your sponsor licence application then this could result in prosecution.
Our immigration advisers can draw on their experience of Home Office compliance requirements to conduct a mock immigration audit of your business in advance of any Home Office inspection.
Offering invaluable insights into Home Office practice and procedure, an immigration audit by our advisers will ensure that you, as a sponsor, are operating in compliance with the Government’s immigration compliance regime and are well prepared for a Home Office visit.
During our mock immigration audit, a specialist business immigration barrister will:
If required, we can undertake a follow-up immigration audit to further assess any changes that have been implemented.