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Immigration – Business

The rules in relation to business immigration are constantly changing, now more than ever. It is therefore vitally important that you get up-to-date legal advice whenever you are considering business immigration issues so that you are aware of your responsibilities when employing talent from overseas.

Business immigration services

  • Are you experiencing a skills shortage for particular roles? Do you want to become a sponsor so you can employ skilled employees from overseas?
  • Are you already a sponsor but require support with visa applications and advice on fulfilling your responsibilities and remaining compliant?
  • Are you concerned about employing EU nationals post-Brexit, either under the EU settlement scheme or the new immigration system which will be in place from January 2021?
  • Are you uncertain about what information you need to gather and keep in relation to ‘right to work’ checks?

Paris Smith has an experienced team of specialist immigration lawyers to advise and guide you through the complex area of business immigration.

We work closely with your business, tailoring our support to the specific needs of your company. Depending on your requirements, we can either provide full end-to-end support (including 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.

Main areas of practice

  • Applying for and obtaining a sponsor licence, including advice on sponsor duties such as record keeping and reporting duties.
  • Management of, and advice on, Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) visa applications.
  • Compliance audits for sponsors to ensure you have all the required HR systems and up-to-date processes in place.
  • Advice on the transition to the new post-Brexit immigration system for employing skilled overseas staff, which will be in place from January 2021.
  • Advice on ‘right to work’ checks and compliance issues.
  • Advice on Tier 4 (student) visa applications.
  • Regular updates and seminars on business immigration issues to keep you up to date with all relevant Home Office guidance and legislation.

Recent experiences

Examples of recent ways in which our immigration lawyers have successfully helped businesses include:

  • 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 migrant from outside the EU (Tier 2), 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 Resident Labour Market Test (including getting the job advert wording right and advertising the role in the required places);
  • advising on the requirements of a Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) sponsor licence and visa application;
  • advising companies on the transition in 2021 to the new post-Brexit 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 in-house training to a business on right to work checks and the requirements of the EU Settlement Scheme for EU nationals.

Jane Biddlecombe

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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

We recently engaged Paris Smith to assist us to obtain a Sponsor Licence and subsequent Tier 2 visas required for our staff members to relocate from our China office to our recently opened UK office. Throughout the process we found the service provided by Jane to be timely, detailed and concise with checks, explanations and cross checks carried out at all stages. The end result was a successful application which led to the Tier 2 visas being issued on time, which from a company owner’s point of view was a fantastic result. We also came in around 12% under the allotted budget for the process which has added to our overall satisfaction with the service and advice provided.

- Chris Anderson, Managing Director

Sunvast International

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