There are no fixed rules as to what is specifically assessed during an audit or what type of system systems should be in place. However, audits are generally designed to assess if the company’s systems are robust enough to ensure they meet their obligations as a sponsor under the PBS.
This means that the auditor’s and the audit process expectations would differ from company to company; essentially hinged on accessing whether or not the systems in place allows the sponsor to meet their obligations as a sponsor. By implication, what this means is that compliance systems in place for a small business employing just 1 overseas worker may differ from what is expected from a business with over 50 overseas workers. The nature of the business may also be a factor here is determining what will be accessed by the Home Office.
Please note that unannounced compliance visits from the Home Office are now becoming a common trend. Unannounced audits before now used to be only when there is an intelligence of some scrupulous activities going on within the company with regards to illegal working. However, we have not noticed that even where there are no intelligence to the Home Office, they may still proceed with visiting the business premises of the sponsor to carry out immigration compliance activities.
It is therefore important that the HR systems within the organisation should be set up and continually managed in such a way that is able to withstand an unannounced visit from the Home Office.
Please be advised that if the home office’s compliance team find it not too easy to review your records, this may result in the UKBA declaring your business “partially compliant” or “non-compliant”.
In most cases, they may ask to speak to the migrant workers, colleagues and staff members involved in the recruitment and placement process.
Please note that the UKBA compliance officer or team will not tell the company been audited the outcome of the audit at the time of the audit.
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