Tier 2 Sponsor License Lawyers In London
Tier 2 Sponsor Licenses and Tier 2 Visas
Westkin Associates’ team of business immigration and sponsorship lawyers in London focus on obtaining new sponsorship licences for businesses of all sizes. Our employer-friendly and focused approach provides business owners and human resources professionals a complete managed solution for their Tier 2 visa licenses. This runs from the outset, from the point that the licence is successfully obtained to the visa being granted for the prospective employee.
How Westkin Associates help you with Tier 2 Sponsorship Licenses
- A no cost and no commitment initial phone call for our team to get to know your case.
- Years of experience in gaining Tier 2 sponsorship licenses for employers of a variety of sectors and sizes.
- Our immigration lawyers can come to your office, saving you time and making the process more efficient.
- Audit reports which go above and beyond what the Home Office ask for.
- Expert legal assistance project managing your sponsorship application, making the process fast and stress free for your business.
- Expedited sponsorship application process using the Home Office’s priority service if you need it.
We normally commence with an initial telephone call with your firm’s key contact. This can be the key decision maker, the relevant human resources officer or even the migrant who wishes to be sponsored. The initial call is at no charge and shall allow us to discuss and advise you on your matters.
We aim to use our experience to ensure that the sponsorship licences are obtained quickly. We provide the Home Office more than the basic minimum requirements and include our own audit report on your business in your application. We do this in order to minimise the chances of a visit from the Home Office and to speed up the process.
We ensure that we project manage the entire application post the sponsorship licence being obtained for your company. This means that the certificate of sponsorship (CoS) and the Tier 2 General visa is also handled by the same team to ensure a smooth and efficient process throughout.
Our team ensures that we handhold the key contact through the entire process. We aim to ensure our work is, in the words of one of our clients, ‘one less headache’ in your working day.
We are also licensed to make applications using the Home Office’s priority service for emergency licence applications. This allows for a faster service to obtain the sponsorship licence in urgent situations, whilst there cannot be any guarantees using this service, we have obtained licences, including visits and reports within a working week.
This is followed by one of our unique selling points, one of our senior immigration lawyers can visit your premises as soon as possible. We understand that for you or your staff, even a few hours out of the office visiting a lawyer can cause disruption. So our immigration lawyers can come to you.
“Westkin were amazing. They exceeded my expectations and got my employees tier 2 visa in no time. They were always available and ready to help. I am so grateful for their professionalism and bundles of knowledge and expertise. Thank you.” – Rimple Sidhu
Ongoing Tier 2 Sponsorship License Services In London
Once the sponsorship licence is obtained, our optional additional services include:
- Obtaining further Tier 2 certificates for new and existing employees.
- Visa applications for new staff that you may wish to employ.
- Visa extension applications for existing employees.
- Ongoing compliance and maintenance of the Sponsor Management System.
- Illegal working audits and compliance.
- Training in the above for key HR and non HR staff.
- All other forms of UK immigration advice.
We have the privilege of providing tier 2 sponsor guidance to some of the most well-known companies in the world. Our clients expect exceptional results from us, and we succeed by being integral to their success.
Our sponsorship lawyers have experience working with a wide range of industry sectors, allowing us to give seamless provision of services in your organisation. Our loyal clients in the UK include industries such as:
- Banking & Finance
- Oil & Gas
- Sports & Leisure
- Professional Services
At Westkin Associates, work closely with the world’s leading institutions. Our assistance with Tier 2 sponsor licenses helps to create and deliver the essential advantage that businesses need to thrive in a changing world.
What is Tier 2 Sponsorship License Application Process?
The process for applying for Tier 2 sponsorship licenses changed on the 1st January 2021 when the UK government’s new immigration rules came into place. The Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) which was previously part of the process is no longer needed.
Applications for Tier 2 Sponsorship licenses must now be made online. Applying businesses must choose the type of license they want to apply for. This will depend on the type of worker you want to sponsor, i.e. what industry your business operates in.
The online application for Tier 2 Sponsorship Licenses requires some supporting documentation to be uploaded, for example, information on the individual who will be managing sponsorships within the business, and proof that your business has the appropriate systems in place to monitor sponsored employees.
The company shall have to identify the need for a specific job role in order to commence the process. This process is to ensure that the prospective employee is best suited for the job role.
We shall have to advertise the specific job role for a minimum period of 28 days. This shall have to be conducted as per the UKBA requirements and in light of the ever evolving changes in law.
Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence
A sponsorship licence under this category allows employers to employ foreign and migrant workers. As part of Tier 2 Sponsorship guidance, we will complete all necessary forms, prepare them for submission, advise you as to the most appropriate supporting documents, and ensure that these are all submitted.
Although not strictly necessary, we insist, in addition, on preparing a detailed cover letter, explaining the application and referring to the supporting documents in relation to the rules and guidance.
Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
Once the company has been registered as a licensed sponsor, we must apply for a ‘restricted’ or ‘unrestricted’ Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and then assign it to the employee.
Our experienced immigration lawyers follow UKBA best practices to get efficient and smooth results for our corporate clients. We ensure that we get licences with the appropriate certificates to allow for employees to be taken on instantly. Read More about our Certificate of Sponsorship services.
Tier 2 General Visa
Once the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) has been issued, the prospective employee will then need to make the General Visa application. Our immigration lawyers will of course advise them and prepare the entire visa application.
This is the final stage of the process and is the point when the employee will be legally allowed to work for the company.
Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer
This is a process that is tailored for those companies who have locations in the UK and abroad. The ultimate goal is the movement of employees from the company abroad to the company in the UK.
There are four types of Intra-company Transfer Visas:
- Long Term Staff
- Short Term Staff
- Graduate Trainee
- Skills Transfer
The key point behind this visa is that an employee can be moved from the company abroad to the company in the UK without having to advertise the job role for 28 days. This is highly beneficial for those employees who wish to work in the UK with no view to indefinite leave to remain in the UK at the end of the visa period.
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