Though it is a rare occurrence, it is easy for companies to fall foul of immigration laws. The Tier 2 Sponsor Licence places a heavy burden on businesses and compliance issues can happen. When things get really bad, Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holders can have their licence suspended or even revoked entirely.
But when this happens, what happens to the staff working at the business?
Well, in this article we are going to look at what you should do as a Tier 2 General Visa holder if your sponsor loses their Tier 2 Sponsor Licence, or if your contract of employment is terminated for any reason.
There are various ways in which a Sponsor Licence can be lost; while most failures will lead to a suspension rather than a revocation, there are cases where the Home Office will decide that a license holder’s actions justify the removal of their sponsorship licence.
Three of the more common reasons are laid out below:
The above are just three scenarios where a decision may be taken to revoke the license, but these are certainly not the only reasons. Usually, the Home Office will look to investigate businesses it suspects of not following the rules, after which a decision is made. It will then be decided if the licence holder will get their licence back or not. If they do not get it back (it’s revoked) then they are no longer able to sponsor staff. If this is the case, they will need to let go their sponsored staff and their visas will be cancelled.
This is the nightmare scenario for many Tier 2 General Visa holders. If their Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holder loses their licence, the sponsored staff will be let go as they can no longer be sponsored. This means the sponsored staff will have their visas cancelled and be given 60 days to either leave the country or get a new visa.
As there is no appeal process in this instance, you will need to either seek new employment from an alternative Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holder or leave the country. Fortunately, Tier 2 Sponsor Licence revocations are rare, but when they do happen, the consequences can be severe for all involved. If you are in this position, you will need to line up a new role quickly due to the time needed to get a new visa in place.
If your contract of employment has been terminated (whether you are let go or have been made redundant) at your sponsored job, or you have chosen to resign, your visa will be cancelled. Your current employer has 10 days to inform the Home Office of the change, at which point you will receive a cancellation notice giving you 60 days to leave the country. You can use these 60 days to find a new job with an alternative Sponsor Licence holder or to get your affairs in order and leave the country.
You must bear in mind that if you choose to leave the country, you will be subject to a 12-month cooling-off period (you will not be able to apply for another Tier 2 General Visa for 12 months after leaving the UK). This is the main reason many Tier 2 General Visa holders opt to find alternative sponsored employment. It is important you use this 60 day period to find a job as the process to get a new visa could take some time.
Yes, there are several options for those who are currently in the UK on a Tier 2 General Visa but wish to switch to an alternative. As long as you meet the eligibility criteria, you can switch to a number of UK visa routes from the Tier 2 General Visa.
The three visas above are all great alternatives to the Tier 2 General Visa, and none require the sponsorship of a Tier 2 General Visa holder. There are, however, strict eligibility criteria attached to all of them.
If you need more advice on any of the UK’s visa routes, our expert advisors can help you with a free, no-obligation consultation. We have expertise in all UK visa routes and have helped numerous people to successfully move to the UK. So for more advice, get in touch today and speak to a member of our team.
530 ReviewsREAD ALL REVIEWS
Tier 1 Investor Visa - Business Immigration
Investing over 2 million pounds is defintely not a routine decision. We had to make sure that the Tier 1 investor immigration lawyers that we'd be picking has to be one of the best within the Tier 1 investor category. We contacted Reiss Edwards and they were able to get us not only the Tier 1 investor visa but also suggested profitable investment portfolios in addition to what we already had in mind.
Indefinite Leave to remain - UK Settlement and
I am glad that i instructed Reiss Edwards on my visa matter. It started with a 20 minutes free immigration advice. I met with Amar to discuss my ILR refusal. He gave me a great deal of quality advice and decided to take on my messy case. I had doubts on the merits of my case by he was relatively convinced he could win it. That made me quite secure. To be honest, things did not start as quick as I would have wanted, but they kept on communicating the process and state of things to me.A big thank you to Verusha and Foram. They were also very helpful. Brilliant and informative. Their fee was fair and reasonable, especially if you compare them to other law firms and immigration law firms in London; some of whom even told me that i would not be able to get an indefinte leave to remain in this country. The process was long but was worth it. In the end, a big thank you to Reiss Edwards.
Citizenship Application - UK Naturalisation
TI have just had British Citizenship application approved. Prior to making the application, i was not sure which law firm i should hire to facilitate the paperwork. After a few hours of research, i decided to go with Reiss Edwards and i must confess that i wasnt disappointed. The immigration lawyers at Reiss Edwards handled my case well and they really knew what they were doing. They were fully aware of what documents I needed and it was easy for them to tell if my case was going to be easy or not. At the end of the day, I have not received my British citizenship within 3 months. If anyone is looking for a good immigration lawyer to handle thier case, contact Reiss Edwards.
Spouse Visa - Appeals and visa refusals
My wife's spouse visa extension application was refused by the Home Office and they gave her 14 days to leave the country. We contacted Reiss Edwards and they said "OK don't worry we will sort this out". They put together the list of documents for me to obtain and they prepared a bundle which was as thick as the printer it came out from.We followed everything they asked us to do and in the end we won our appeal and got our spouse visa. We can't recommend them enough and we have promised ourselves never to make any more UK visa applications without them.
Immigration Visa - Citizen of United Kingdom
The team of lawyers at Reiss Edwards are very professional and friendly people. Their experience in and around UK immigration law is quite extensive; be sure that you application is in safe and competent hands. My immigration matter was an indefinite leave to remain application based on Tier 1 on a self-employment basis. The immigration lawyers at Reiss Edwards made sure that the application was perfect and ready to be accepted. I got a positive decision and I recommend them highly for anyone who needs a UK immigration help.
UK Settlement Visa
I contacted Reiss Edwards to help me with my wife�s UK settlement visa. They acted with utmost professionalism throughout the entire application. I spoke with Joe Dinh, he is an immigration solicitor and he is one of the best solicitors out there. He ensured that there was little to no room for error. At some point I thought he was over cautious. He remained calmed and continued to assure us on our immigration matter. Most people in his position would have panicked but he was calmed and continued to assure us. We received out positive outcome very quickly.
Cheap Immigration Lawyers in London
I have been using Reiss Edwards for three years now for my family's immigration application. Both for my initial application and extension. They are really affordable. The team of solicitors at this firm are probably one of the most efficient and economical in terms of cost. They offered free advice over the phone and spent good time with us before inviting us for consultation.
Top Notch Immigration Service
Reiss Edwards is a top notch immigration service company. The way they handled our documentation and also the list of documents they sent was efficient and top quality. They helped us professionally throughout the process. We are very happy with the immigration advice we received from the team. We highly recommend them.
Best Immigration Solicitors
I used Reiss Edwards� immigration lawyers to assist with my immigration matter and that of my family. It was an EX1 application. They dealt with the matter properly and even when complications were coming up from the Home Office, they helped resolve the issue properly. They are very professional and are very popular in London. I am happy to have worked with them.
Indefinte Leave to remain - Individual Immigration - UK Settlement
It's a shame that you dont have an 'Excellent' star rating on here, as my experience with Reiss Edwards is nothing short of an excellent rating. They handled my application for an Indefinite Leave to remain in April 2014 and did my husband's one very recently including my daughter. Every time i have approached them, they have continued to treat me with courtesy, respect and patience. Amar was indeed a very thorough and professional gentleman. He is very knowledgeable, corporative and engaging. He responded to my emails, calls and enquiries promptly. He was always reassuring. I could not have asked for a better Immigration service. I would recommend them over and over again for anyone looking for an immigration advice. They gave me a free immigration advice when i called them, and the quality of the advice was something other charge thousands for. If you need a particular, name, Amar would be it. He exemplifies, for me, the true, professional gentleman. He is a valuable asset to Reiss Edwards.
Tier 2 Visa application - UK Work Visas
This is the only firm that i spoke with that didn't ask for money before listening to me, will be using them again.
I used Reiss Edwards for my Tier 2 visa application and it was successful. The team was ever present and happy to answer my question. The caseworker that dealing with my case went on holiday yet by case did not suffer one bit. Another lawyer stepped and took over the case without any hassle.
Tier 1 Investor Visa - Business Immigration
My Tier 1 Investor Visa was dealt with quickly and without issue. Would recommend Reiss Edwards as an Immigration law firm in London. Thank you to the team.