If you are looking to take on staff from abroad (non-EEA) as a business based in the UK, it is likely that you are going to use the Tier 2 General Visa process as the main vehicle for doing so. If this is the case, then it is highly likely that you are going to come into contact on a regular basis with the government's Sponsor Management System. The system is a centralised hub for all activities and tasks that are required for Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holders to carry out, and is a convenient and useful system for all the administration and record keeping that is required by the conditions of your Tier 2 Sponsor Licence.
In this article, we're going to take a deeper look into the government Sponsor Management System. We will show you what the system can do for your business and how you can use it to bring staff from outside of the EEA to help your business to grow. Often, companies require specialist skills that are not available locally, the Tier 2 General Visa route offers you the option to widen your pool of potential employees.
If you are looking to take on staff from outside of the EEA by using the Tier 2 General Visa system, you yourself will need to become a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holder. When you become a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holder, you will be able to use the Sponsor Management System to create Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS). These certificates are required by your intended employee in order for them to make a successful application for a Tier 2 General Visa. A Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is a guarantee that there is a job for your intended employee, and it will also state that they will meet at least the minimum income requirement that is set out in the visa application guidance.
All Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Holders are required to use the Sponsor Management System as a way to not only create Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS), but also to deal with the significant administration that is required in the hiring and ongoing employment of Tier 2 General Visa holders. The system makes what could be quite complex administration tasks much more simple, and helps you to cooperate with the necessary laws that govern the Tier 2 General Visa route. It is imperative that you comply with the laws at all times, as failure to do so can result in heavy penalties.
Yes, one of the major benefits of using the Sponsor Management System is that you can create your own Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) for intended employees. This makes the process of application and acceptance significantly quicker for them, and is extremely useful to Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holders. The system allows your applicant to show UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) that they indeed have a job to go to in the UK, and that they will meet all of the criteria required for them to be given a Tier 2 General Visa.
Once your new member of staff has been given their visa to enter the UK, you will then be responsible for the upkeep of the administration of their specific circumstances. There is a whole raft of information and changes that you will need to keep up to date on the Sponsor Management System. The way in which you keep this information will be shown to you in the guidance that comes along with your Tier 2 Sponsor Licence. It is vital that you ensure that you understand how the system works completely, as failure to comply in any part of immigration law can carry serious penalties. If you need help with the administration and record keeping with regards to your Tier 2 General Visa holding employees, please get in touch and the team will be happy to help guide you through the process.
As well as being able to produce Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS), the Sponsor Management System allows you to conduct all of the necessary administration that is required by the terms of your Tier 2 Sponsor Licence. There is an extensive amount of record keeping that is needed to keep yourself compliant. The Sponsor Management System makes this administration very simple and straightforward. The government has produced extensive guidance for users of the Sponsor Management System so that they are able to work with it on a daily basis.
The Sponsor Management System covers everything from changes of address, to people leaving your employment. The system is an extremely useful tool for Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holders to manage the sometimes difficult task of record keeping for your Tier 2 General Visa holding staff. As we said previously, compliance is extremely important when it comes to giving out Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) and the maintenance of your system. You will need to nominate a user from your business to be in charge of the administration, and it is vital that they keep all information up to date, as the business can be held liable for any failures in compliance. If you need help with the Sponsor Management System, please get in touch and one of our immigration lawyers can help to answer your query, and help to ensure that you remain compliant.
If you need help or advice on the government's Sponsor Management System then please get in touch. We understand that the administration and setup of the Sponsor Management System can be a difficult task for even the most accomplished of business people. Let our team help to ensure that you are up to speed and can remain compliant with all of the necessary laws in order to avoid any potential problems in the future.
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