Business Immigration

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Is your business thinking about immigration? The UK is a highly attractive place for businesses around the world, with great access to the global economy and attractive corporation tax rates as a major trading nation.

The UK’s business immigration rules allow both business owners as well as highly skilled professionals an easy route to be a part of the UK’s ever-growing economy and eventually settle permanently, along with their families. 

With the increasing complexity of talent mobility and cross-border challenges, clients are struggling to gain the level of global knowledge, local expertise and insights needed to build the talent programmes of tomorrow.

UK visa Specialists are experts in all routes of business immigration and help both workers and businesses complete applications for overseas workers to come to the UK. If you’d like to speak to us about business immigration, please get in touch!

Specialist Business Immigration Services

If you’re looking to establish yourself or your company in economic activity in the UK, we will help you to apply under one of several business immigration categories:

  1. Correctly hiring and retaining staff to help you build your business
  2. Conducting work eligibility checks in accordance with Home Office guidelines
  3. Priority assistance in applying for and obtaining a Sponsorship Licence
  4. Advice on sponsorship duties and responsibilities, compliance action and sponsorship management
  5. Valuable support to Company Directors or Human Resources to ensure Home Office regulations’ compliance

Our lawyers have specialist knowledge in advising clients from a variety of business sectors and our clients range from individuals, start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, and multinational corporations. We will not hesitate to go over and beyond to ensure your objectives are met.

Whether you’re looking to acquire a sponsor licence to hire individuals under the points-based immigration system, come to the UK as a worker yourself, or become a self-sponsoring business person, we are here to help make that happen.

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Sponsorship Licence

We currently specialise in obtaining Sponsorship Licences for companies and business clients in a wide range of industries. Securing a sponsorship licence is often complicated since you must provide specified documentary evidence to demonstrate your company is trading genuinely and lawfully in the UK and wishes to fill genuine vacant positions within the business hierarchy.

A sponsorship licence allows an employer to issue a certificate of sponsorship to a prospective employee, from inside or outside the UK, that they wish to hire but cannot do so due to their visa condition restrictions. This is a requirement for those employees to be able to work and reside legally in the UK.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Prove you are trading genuinely in the UK, for example as a sole trader, private limited company or limited-liability partnership
  • Prove you are operating lawfully in the UK, for example you have relevant accreditation, are paying taxes and have the necessary insurance
  • Appoint key personnel who are honest, dependable and reliable for example do not have civil or criminal convictions or a history of immigration violation
  • The key personnel must be settled in the UK and in most circumstances, employees of the company, the roles include:
    • Authorising Officer
    • Key Contact
    • Level 1 User
  • Demonstrate you have sufficient knowledge of your duties and responsibilities as a licence holder
  • You must have robust HR systems in place to monitor and if necessary report migrant activity
  • Most importantly, you must ensure you are seeking to fill a genuine vacancy at the appropriate level and that the worker is paid the minimum salary

Upon approval, sponsorship licence holders are entrusted with a duty to maintain effective immigration control hence why this area is strictly monitored by UK Visas and Immigration. To successfully apply for a sponsorship licence, you must prove that you have adequate HR systems in place to monitor and if necessary report migrant activity to the Home Office.

We have extensive experience advising on the following areas of sponsorship licence matters:

  • Sponsor licence applications
  • Priority requests in consideration
  • Certificate of Sponsorship requests
  • Sponsorship licence refusals and rejections
  • Sponsor licence management
  • Sponsor licence compliance

Business Immigration Services

International Sportsperson Visa

The International Sportsperson visa is open to an elite sportsperson or qualified coach, of all nationalities, and allows you to develop your skills in the UK.

Global Business Mobility Visas

The UK Global Business Mobility visas are a collection of five separate visas aimed at overseas businesses who wish to fulfil certain specific business roles in the UK.

Skilled Worker Visa

A Skilled Worker visa is open to individuals of all nationalities and allows you to come to the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer. Visit our Skilled Worker Visa page for more information about eligibility and requirements.

Sponsorship Licence

To employ someone from outside of the UK, to come and work for you, you will need to apply for a Sponsorship License. We can support both businesses and workers with their sponsorship license applications.

Temporary Worker Visa

The Tier 5 visa route has been replaced with effect from December 2020 to the new and improved Temporary Worker visa. At UKVS we have specialists that will guide you through the process from start to finish.

Youth Mobility Scheme

If you are aged 18 to 30 and want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years you can apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa. For more information about eligibility and requirements, visit our Youth Mobility Scheme page.

Are you in a rush? We often find that the labour force required, needs to be recruited imminently and without delay. The standard processing time for a sponsor licence however is 8 weeks, so how is it possible? Through careful and meticulous planning, we can reduce the processing times to 5 working days (1 week)!

It is possible because we will work effortlessly to maximise the chances of meeting your deadlines and objectives, so that you can remain competitive and ahead.

We also provide strategic advice and tactics to ensure you are compliant with the legislation relating to record checks, right to work and overall sponsor responsibilities and duties. Failure to engage with the legislation could have critical outcomes for those that employ workers in the UK.

Endorsement Criteria

Before applying for endorsement, you must identify which category you wish to apply under. For either of these categories however, the applicant must present a business idea and plan which meets the following endorsement criteria:

  1. Innovation – the applicant must have a genuine, original business plan that meets a new or existing market need and/or creates a competitive advantage.
  2. Viability – the applicant must have the skills, knowledge, and experience and market awareness to run the new business.
  3. Scalability – the applicant must be able to show evidence of scalability of the business with the potential for job creation and growth into national and international markets.

If the business idea meets the criteria of innovation, viability and scalability as set above, the endorsing body will issue an endorsement letter, and have the responsibility of monitoring the business performance at regular intervals. Without an endorsement letter an applicant for an Innovator Visa cannot go on to submit their Innovator Visa application to the Home Office.

If you are applying for the first time under any of the Innovator Visa routes, then the application will come under the Home Office’s “new business’’ rules. If however you previously had a Graduate entrepreneur, or a Start-up Visa, and are applying to continue in the same business that was previously assessed as part of an earlier application, you can apply under the “same business” criteria.

The main difference between a new business and a same business application is that a new business applicant must have access to minimum investment funds of £50,000 or have already invested at least £50,000 in the new business. The investment fund can either be available to the applicant themselves or being made available by an independent third party, business or organisation.

How we can help?

Our approach is to conduct a detailed audit of your requirements before identifying a solution, making sure we are always on the same page. Whatever the outcome of our advice, we never forget that we are dealing with real people, and with real livelihoods at stake.

Some cases are more complex and challenging than others and you will have at your disposal our expertise and knowledge, both as to what the law says and as to how UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will deal with any application.

We won’t over-promise and will be clear with you if we think there isn’t a solution. At the same time we work hard to find a way forward for you.

For further advice or to discuss your visa application with one of our UK Visa specialists, contact our team on 0161 843 9000 or complete our enquiry form below.