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In a nutshell, it is permission to hire workers outside the the UK. If you already have a Sponsor Licence and interested in extension, click here for more information on sponsor licence renewal.
To have access to a wider pool of talent.
Not only you will be able to hire applicants based on their skills and not nationality, but you also secure yourself the same right after the end of the transition period (please note, from 1 January 2021 you must have a sponsor licence to hire both EU and non-EU citizens who otherwise do not have right to work in the UK).
Normally up to 8 weeks for the Home Office to make their decision. However, a lot of work is to be done before submitting the application (gathering info about your company, bringing all the documentation in order, putting relevant processes in place etc). The whole process usually takes 2-4 months.
Recently, the list of occupations that qualify for a Skilled Worker visa has been expanded and new jobs were added, such as butchers, driving instructors, customer service managers, teaching assistants, childminders, florists, bar managers, plasterers, carpenters and joiners, plumbers etc.
Certain profession are in the Shortage Occupation List, and therefore, requirements for employees and employers sponsoring such workers are eased. Shortage occupation list can be found here.
Skilled worker visa is granted under the point based system. In order to apply successfully, among other eligibility criteria, applicants must score 70 points. Gov.uk website provides a breakdown how points can be scored.
Sterling Law is one of a limited number of firms which possess a thorough understanding of the sponsorship arrangements and obligations. We will manage the entire appeal and/or review process against the Home Office’s decision to withdraw or downgrade your Sponsor Licence status, helping you to navigate through Home Office bureaucracy without the fear of additional costs to your business. In return, the business will benefit by having more settled skilled workers as their immigration status will be dependent on the terms of sponsorship.
If you have been granted indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the past few years, you will probably have been issued with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) with an expiry date of 31 December 2024.
From 1 January 2020, applicants who are granted five years limited leave to remain have also started to receive BRP’s endorsed with an expiry date of 31 December 2024.
Our immigration team has achieved a successful decision in the asylum appeal of a Nepalese national and her spouse. According to the Immigration & Asylum Upper Tribunal, they should both be allowed to remain in the UK under the protection of Refugee law.
The appellant fell in love and married in the UK against the wishes of her family in Nepal, causing her to fear severe consequences upon return, including honour violence and persecution on the basis that she is a woman who married outside her caste and nationality.
Excellent news; adult dependent relative appeal allowed by the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)!
Our client, an Indian national, came to the UK with her husband lawfully to visit their son and grandchildren, who are British nationals. Sadly, her husband passed away suddenly while they were in the UK. Our client had a history of dementia with Parkinson’s disease along with anxiety and depression, which made her return to India unachievable.
In the recent case of Topadar v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1525 the Court of Appeal examined two questions:
At what point is an immigration application decided by the Home Office?
Is it procedurally unfair for the Home Office to refuse an application due to the applicant’s sponsor (i.e. their employer) failing to provide additional information (without the applicant ever being made aware of the request)?
The Court of Appeal decided:
Sterling Law successfully appealed refusal on Suitability grounds.
The client came to the UK on a visit visa, overstayed and became pregnant. The baby tragically died. She afterwards entered a relationship with a settled person and applied for leave on that basis. The application was refused and we successfully appealed to the First-Tier Tribunal.