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Planning to Hire Foreign Nationals in the U.K. in 2021? Apply for a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence [PODCAST]

Recent U.K. government statements have confirmed what many have suspected for some time: the post-January 2021 immigration system will be predicated on a reworked version of the Tier 2 sponsorship route. In the first episode of our new Faegre Drinker Immigration Law Podcast, we take a close look at the Tier 2 sponsorship application process and explain why U.K. employers planning to hire foreign nationals in 2021 should apply for a Sponsor Licence before the immigration system changes take effect.

In this episode, Faegre Drinker’s Hodon Anastasi provides a high-level overview of the following issues related to the Tier 2 sponsorship application:

  • Eligibility criteria. What evidence should employers be prepared to submit to the government in order to become an eligible Tier 2 sponsor?

  • Suitability criteria. What organisational capabilities must an employer demonstrate to meet Tier 2 sponsorship standards?

  • Sponsorship duties. What information regarding sponsored workers should a Tier 2 sponsor be prepared to report to the government? What recordkeeping duties accompany the sponsorship?

  • Compliance visits. What can sponsors expect from Home Office compliance visits — the principal method by which the Home Office can assess suitability criteria?

  • Timing. Why should companies apply for a sponsorship as soon as possible? What about companies that already have a sponsor licence?

© 2022 Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume X, Number 210
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About this Author

Hodon Anastasi Global Immigration Paralegal Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath London, UK
Paralegal

Hodon Anastasi assists clients and solicitors with matters involving global immigration. She has been working in the field of immigration law for about six years.

In the U.K., Hodon assists corporate clients and individuals with a broad spectrum of immigration matters, including Tiers 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the Points Based System and settlement. She drafts memoranda, conducts legal research and prepares applications on behalf of clients.

Hodon also assists on global immigration matters. She has experience coordinating international personnel transfers in and out of many different...

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