Business Immigration


The rules in relation to business immigration are constantly changing, now more than ever. It is therefore vitally important that you get the expert legal advice you need so that you are aware of your responsibilities when recruiting talent from overseas.

Our team is here to help you understand and manage the complex nuances of immigration law.

Post-Brexit, many more employers will need to apply for a sponsor licence as this is now required in order to employ any skilled worker from outside the UK, including EU nationals. We can guide you through the sponsor licence application process and advise you on your sponsor duties.

If you are already a sponsor, we will work closely with your business, tailoring our support to the specific needs of your company. We can provide proactive full end-to-end support (including advice on the recruitment process, management of visa applications and sponsor compliance audits to ensure you are fully compliant with your sponsor duties) or ad-hoc advice on specific queries as and when needed.

Key business immigration services

Below is a list of the business immigration services we provide:

  • Advice on the post-Brexit points based immigration system for employing skilled workers from overseas, including EU nationals.
  • Applying for and obtaining a sponsor licence, including advice on sponsor duties such as record keeping and reporting duties.
  • Applying for and assigning Certificates of Sponsorship.
  • Management of and advice on Skilled Worker and Temporary Worker visa applications.
  • Management of and advice on Global Business Mobility visas including the Senior or Specialist Worker visa for intra-group transfers from overseas.
  • Advice on the new Scale Up visa and High Potential Individual visa.
  • Compliance audits for sponsors to ensure you have all the required HR systems and up-to-date processes in place.
  • Advice on ‘right to work’ checks and compliance issues.
  • Regular updates and seminars on business immigration issues to keep you up to date with all relevant Home Office guidance and legislation.

Examples of business immigration work

  • Advising businesses on the process of obtaining a sponsor licence and Certificates of Sponsorship, including detailed advice on sponsor duties and compliance issues, enabling them to sponsor skilled overseas migrants.
  • Advising businesses on the process of amending or applying for a new sponsor licence following a change in ownership and the impact on existing sponsored employees.
  • Guiding a business through the process of successfully employing a skilled overseas migrant under Tier 2 (General), enabling it to set up a new UK office and transfer staff from China. This included identifying the relevant SOC code for the role and advising on the requirements of the recruitment process.
  • Advising on the requirements of a Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) sponsor licence and visa application.
  • Advising companies on the transition to the new post-Brexit points based immigration system for employing skilled overseas migrants.
  • Advising businesses on Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) categories including charity workers, religious workers and youth mobility scheme workers.
  • Advising businesses on right to work checks and potential illegal working issues, including identifying falsified documents and advising on the appropriate reporting of suspected illegal working issues to the Home Office.
  • Providing training to businesses on immigration issues such as employing skilled workers under the new points based immigration system, right to work checks and the requirements of the EU Settlement Scheme for EU nationals.

How we work with you

Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:

  • Over the telephone
  • Via video conferencing
  • In face to face meetings

We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.

Meet the team

Our Immigration team is made up of 3 associates.  You can find contact details for them below.

Introducing your key contact

Jane Biddlecombe
Associate – Employment and Immigration



How we’ve helped our clients

“The advice received from Paris Smith in respect of immigration matters has been extremely valuable, in particular with the support provided from the team around Tier 2 Sponsorships which was a subject that, as a business, we had little exposure to at the time we were required to apply for this licence; Jane and the team have always provided sound and detailed advice in respect of immigration matters that has ultimately led to issues being resolved in a timely and efficient manner for us as a business. ”

Sam Ginger, HR Manager – Millbrook Healthcare Ltd

“Many thanks Jane for your time, it was extremely beneficial for the team. I am impressed by your professional attitude and your unique knowledge of immigration law. I am looking forward to working with you in the future.”

Dr Nara Ringrose, Director of Human Resources

Porton Biopharma Ltd

Immigration Resources

Jane Biddlecombe and Charlotte Farrell | 26th May 2022


Jane Biddlecombe and Charlotte Farrell | 26th May 2022

Business Immigration specialists Charlotte Farrell & Jane Biddlecombe look at the issues around employing overseas nationals to work in the UK.

This can seem like a daunting process, brought into sharp focus by Brexit and the end of free movement. It is something we are receiving more and more enquiries about.

00:50:00 What are the key things employers need to know about if they are thinking of employing oversees nationals to work in the UK on skilled worker visas?
How do you know if the oversees national eligible?

02:30:00 Once you have established that the job role is at the correct skill and salary level and someone can be sponsored to work in the UK in that role, what should the business do next? Charlotte covers the detail of applying for a sponsor licence.

04:15:00 How long does the sponsor licence process take and what costs are involved?

04:30:00 What duties and responsibilities do you have as a sponsor?

05:15:00 What HR policies and procedures should be in place before you apply for a sponsor?

06:09:00 Our experts give more information on the practical steps businesses should take once the sponsor licence has been obtained.

07:40:00 What other routes are available for employing overseas nationals in the UK? We explain the Global Business Mobility visa.

10:30:00 Jane explains the new Scale Up visa – coming in August 2022.

11:11:00 From 30 May 2022 there will be a new route from the Government that doesn’t require sponsorship at all – is this right for your business?


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