Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London

UK Immigration

Recruiting talent from overseas, what do I need to do?

In some industries, employers are forced to look outside the UK for workers to ensure they have a workforce that has the best skills, experience and qualifications necessary to make their business profitable.

If you are looking to recruit from outside the EEA, then we strongly urge you to take expert legal advice as failure to get the right visas and permissions can have extreme consequences for you and your business. Penalties can range from large fines to being named and shamed in the press, not something you want for your business.

How can we help? 

Our specialist business immigration lawyers are very familiar with the UK’s ever changing immigration laws and the Home Office’s complex guidance. We are regularly instructed by start-ups, SME’s and larger companies to assist them with all their business immigration needs. 

The current rules can make sponsoring migrants an unnecessarily difficult task which is why we are here to simplify the process. 

As experts in the field of business immigration, we can assist you in becoming a licenced sponsor and thereafter provide you with ongoing support to ensure you are: 

  • always aware of changes to the immigration laws which may affect your business;
  • complying with your sponsor duties; and
  • able to hire migrant workers with relative ease.

So how do I become a sponsor? 

The process should be quite simple but it is not. 

First, you must apply to the Home Office for permission to hire non-EEA migrants. Permission comes in the form of a Sponsor Licence which if granted, will allow you to sponsor workers. 

In order to qualify for a Sponsor Licence, you must demonstrate you are: 

  • a genuine organisation operating lawfully in the UK;
  • honest, dependable and reliable; and
  • you have HR systems in place which would comply with the Home Office’s requirements.

Becoming a sponsor can be quite a commitment which is why our business immigration lawyers always discuss your eligibility with you and ensure you are aware of your sponsor duties from the outset. 

Once you are ready to make an application, we will guide you on the steps you will need to take and let you know what documents you will need to submit with your application to demonstrate you meet the eligibility criteria.

 Sponsoring Skilled Migrant Workers

 Navigating through the Sponsor Management System (SMS)

Our expert solicitors who are based in London and Reading, are fully authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and are available to consult with you in person at our offices, or via Skype or telephone. To get in touch with our business immigration team, please use the Contact Form opposite or if you prefer, call or email us.

T: 020 7539 8000
F: 020 7539 8001
E: Immigration@clarkslegal.com