Lawyer Monthly - March 2022

EXPERT INSIGHT he Sponsor Licence Route (formerly Tier 2 sponsor licence) enables UK employers with an appropriate sponsor licence to recruit or continue to employ skilled non-British or Irish citizens in a specific job. If a UK-based organisation needs skilled workers for the growth and expansion of their business which necessitates the hiring of foreign workers, it needs a sponsor licence. Once an organisation acquires a sponsor licence, the organisation is officially permitted to employ skilled overseas nationals for job positions. The organisation will issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for these employees, which legitimises their employment as foreign workers; this helps organisations to retain staff for a longer duration, providing certainty and relevant skills to their business. At the same time, the Home Office relies on the sponsorship regime to prevent illegal working and misuse of the immigration system. This means that the sponsorship (according to the UK’s courts and laws) is a form of a relationship or a bond that shows trust, allowing licence holders to act as gatekeepers to help individuals become employed in British organisations. In 2021, the Home Office proposed some vital changes to the process of obtaining a sponsor licence following the introduction of a brand-new points system. A white paper provided by the Home Office contained proposed guidelines for Dramatic Changes to Sponsor Licences Sponsor licenses are a crucial means for UK businesses to recruit overseas talent when they are unable to source employees with similar skills from within the country. The post-Brexit system for organisations to obtain a sponsor license has undergone several drastic changes that will have a significant impact on the organisations. Global Immigration Law founder Emel Yilmaz outlines the changes in this feature for the benefit of companies and prospective employees alike. T

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