Home Office compliance visit

As a sponsor licence holder, you should expect an inspection visit from a representative from the Home Office’s UK Visas and Immigration division at some point during the validity period of your licence. This is to ensure that the information supplied in your application is correct and to ensure that the business remains compliant with regard to the duties and responsibilities as a licensed sponsor.

The purpose of a compliance visit

What is key is that these checks may be conducted at random, or intelligence led and can be announced or unannounced. The compliance visit is a key part of UK immigration control and ensures that sponsors have the correct processes and human resource practices in place and have not breached any immigration laws.

What happens during a compliance visit?

When a compliance officer visits your company, they will check for the following:

  • You are able to offer employment at the Skilled Worker visa skill level
  • The information you provided on your application is accurate
  • Your company is genuine and operating lawfully
  • You represent no threat to immigration control
  • You are compliant and committed to the duties as a sponsor

Your documentation and processes will also be reviewed, such as your record-keeping and processes regarding reporting and immigration status monitoring.

If you are found to be fully compliant, your company will receive an “A” rating from the UKVI. If you are found to be non-compliant, you could lose your licence or be prosecuted or both.

How can Sable International help

We understand the complexity of UK immigration law and the issues that could lead to non-compliance. The UK government regularly implements policy changes that could have a significant impact on your business. We remain up to date on all new and proposed regulations on your behalf and can advise on the best way to manage your company’s immigration strategy.

Our immigration audit service will help you to ensure that your company meets all the requirements of the Home Office, thus easing the burden of you having to do so alone. We will guide you through the process of securing a sponsor licence and the ongoing compliance obligations.

Our experienced specialists will ensure:

  • That you have the correct processes and human resources practices in place that enable you to meet your sponsorship duties
  • You are compliant with your legal responsibilities as an employer to prevent any breach of immigration law

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