Immigration Compliance and Audits

When an organisation secures a sponsor licence, it assumes numerous duties and obligations towards the Home Office. As part of the licence application, the organisation undertakes its capability to adhere to these responsibilities. These duties encompass:

  • Monitoring immigration status and preventing illegal employment
  • Maintaining migrant contact details and other records
  • Monitoring and reporting migrant activities
  • Ensuring relevant professional registrations and accreditations are in place
  • Reporting changes of circumstances to the sponsor
  • Complying with the law and cooperating with the Home Office

Navigating the complex landscape of immigration laws and regulations poses a significant challenge for organisations, particularly when it comes to compliance with sponsor duties and obligations. At SMK Solicitors, we offer tailored legal services to assist organisations in staying compliant with immigration requirements and ensuring smooth operations in sponsorship matters.

Failure to comply with these duties can have severe repercussions, such as downgrading or revocation of the licence and curtailing the permission of sponsored employees.

The Home Office reserves the right to conduct physical visits or digital compliance inspections via video conferencing to assess the organisation’s ability to meet these obligations. Inspection officers evaluate the efficiency of human resources systems and overall compliance with the duties. Even if a sponsor is not inspected before their application is approved, they may undergo an inspection at any point during the licensing period, necessitating continuous compliance demonstration.

At SMK Solicitors we can help organisations understand their sponsor duties and responsibilities, offering guidance on compliance aspects, including:

  • Detailed duties and primary priorities for HR systems
  • Conducting mock compliance audits
  • Preparing for Home Office visits
  • Reporting changes of circumstances within the sponsor organisation

Ensuring compliance with immigration regulations is essential for organisations holding sponsor licences in the UK. SMK Solicitors is committed to providing comprehensive legal support and guidance to help organisations navigate the complexities of immigration compliance effectively. With our tailored services and proactive approach to compliance management, organisations can trust in our expertise to ensure adherence to sponsor duties, mitigate risks, and uphold compliance. Contact SMK Solicitors today to learn more about how we can support your organisation in achieving and maintaining compliance with UK immigration regulations.

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