Business immigration services
Your duty as an employer
As an employer it’s your responsibility to prevent illegal working. That is why you need to make sure that you have the right evidence to prove that each of your employees has the right to work in the UK.
All data and evidence showing your employees’ right to work should be stored safely and securely within your HR systems, in compliance with the code of practice.
Furthermore, if you wish to recruit employees from overseas and sponsor their work visa, you must apply for a sponsorship licence first.
With our specialist business immigration services on hand you won’t need to worry. Your tasks as set out by the Home Office, including licence applications and right to work checks, will be dealt with in a smooth and straight-forward manner.
UK immigration law on employing foreign workers
If you need to employ workers from overseas, you need to be very careful and make sure you are following UK immigration law to the letter.
Our expert business immigration solicitors can make sure you don’t make any mistakes whilst making the most of your national and international talent. We can advise on your business immigration policies and procedures, across all aspects of the law. To find out more, speak to our team today or request a call back.
Are you eligible for a sponsor licence?
If you wish to recruit non-EU workers in your UK business for permanent or long-term positions your company must secure a Tier 2 sponsorship licence directly from the Home Office.
This is an agreement between your company and the government. In it you guarantee that you will adhere to the compliance duties set by the Home Office for sponsoring migrant workers.
Before you apply
Before you apply for your sponsorship licence you need to check your eligibility. To get a license, you should not have:
- Any past criminal convictions for immigration offences or certain other crimes like money laundering
- Any history of failing to carry out your sponsorship duties
It’s the duty of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to review your application form and supporting documents thoroughly.
When you’re ready, we will apply for the license on your behalf. The details will then be posted out to the UKVI with the supporting documentation to the Home Office in Sheffield.
During your application
While you’re applying for a sponsorship licence you can expect to receive a visit from officers of the Home Office’s UK visas and immigration section (UKV&I). These officers will check:
- That you have the processes and human resource practices to meet your sponsorship duties now, and in the future
- That you are compliant with your legal responsibility to prevent illegal working, and other related immigration legislation
Right to work checks
Right to work checks for all employees
In the UK each business must check that all their employees have the right to work in the UK. These checks should be carried out before employment begins, and proof of the employees’ right to work should then be stored in a safe place for the entire duration of their employment.
When you don’t check employee rights
Failing to check your employees’ right to work, or to securely store documents that prove that right to work checks have been properly carried out, can lead to fines of up to £20,000 per worker and even imprisonment.
When the Home Office is satisfied that your employee or employees definitely do not have permission to work, and that you have provided them with a contract of employment, penalties can be given.
Even if you are using contractors, you must have valid checks in place.
Sanctions other than fines could also be applied. In cases where intent is suspected, these could even include criminal prosecution and the revoking of your business licence.
The aftermath of any penalties will certainly damage your company’s reputation as well, as you will be publicly named on the Home Office list of organisations facing sanctions.
How fines are calculated
The Home Office considers the following factors when calculating your fine:
- Which checks you have carried out
- How co-operative you have been during the investigation
- If you have any previous offences
- If you have quickly disclosed evidence of suspected illegal workers in full
Remember, employers that breach their immigration duties and who are caught employing people illegally are given civil penalties. Even if they didn’t mean to.
It’s up to employers to make sure that all checks are carried out, and that employees have permission to work legally in the UK.
By working with our expert business immigration solicitors you can stay fully compliant with UK law at all times.
If you knowingly employ workers without the right to work
Penalties include unlimited fines and even jail if it can be proven that you had ‘reasonable cause’ to believe that your employees did not have the right to work in the UK.
Reasonable causes include:
- Knowing that the employee was not granted leave to enter or leave to remain
- Knowing that their leave has expired
- Knowing that legal documents they provided were false or incorrect
- Knowing that they were restricted in the type of work they could do.
Our immigration solicitors can help you ensure you will never face such penalties.
Our in-house compliance training
We can help educate you and your team in every aspect of compliance, so you never fall foul of the small-print.
Speak to our business immigration solicitors
In certain situations you may need to employ individuals from outside the UK and the EU, as you simply cannot fill those positions from inside the UK.
Our immigration solicitors are here to guide businesses like yours through this process.
Due to the large amount of services and the complexity of each case we cannot provide any standardised fees without knowing a little bit more about your situation.
However, if you get in touch with us we can discuss in detail what charges you can suspect and what fees we will charge.
Full transparency at all times
We aspire to be completely transparent on pricing from the beginning, so none of our clients will ever be surprised at the end of the process.
Furthermore, we believe advice and support from our team of solicitors should be affordable to those in need.
This is why we provide competitive prices across our range of services.
|Immigration solicitor fees|
|30 minute initial consultation||£60 + VAT|
|Additional 30 minutes where consultation runs over||£60 + VAT|
|Initial consultation + advice letter||£300 + VAT|
|Visa checking service(no drafting)||£250 + VAT|
|Extension applications settlement||From £1,000 + VAT|
|Entry clearance fees - out of country|
|Visit Visa||£600 + VAT|
|Spouse Visa||Sponsor Employed||£700 + VAT|
|Spouse Visa||Sponsor Self Employed||£800 + VAT|
|Dependants (Parent/Relatives)||From £800 + VAT|
What is included:
- Advice on procedures and law
- Completion of the paper and on line application form
- Advice on all documents required to submit with application
- Consider the contents of all documents supplied to submit to the British Embassy and follow up
- Advice on strengths and weaknesses of the case
- Preparation of the covering letter
- Attendances and follow up
|In country applications (extensions)|
|Extension applications for:
||From £800 + VAT|
|Points based system - applications and extensions applications|
||All cases are individually assessed and if additional dependants are placed on application they will be charged seperately.||From £900 + VAT|
|Other Immigration applications|
|Application for transfer of visa into biometrics card||£400 + VAT||Travel document application||£400 + VAT||Entry clearance forms (completion only)||£70 + VAT||Home Office Forms (completion only)||£200 + VAT||Asylum||From £2,000 + VAT||Asylum - fresh claim||£1,200 -£1,500 + VAT|
|Application for British citizenship/children registration||£500 + VAT|
|Employers licence for businesses (online)||From £1,000 + VAT|
|Tier 1 entry clearance (Entrepreneur)||From £2,000 + VAT|
|Tier 1 extension application(Entrepreneur)||From £2,000 + VAT|
|Business audit services||Price available upon request|
|Lodge appeal only||£400 + VAT|
|Lodge appeal and representation||£1,200 - £1,500 + VAT|
|Asylum appeal||£1,500 - £2,000 + VAT|
|Bail application and representation at hearing||From £1,000 + VAT|
|Application for permission to appeal to upper tribunal||From £900 + VAT|
|Review of decision and counsels opinion||£350 + VAT|
Please be aware that cost may differ depending on your personal circumstances.
The consultation fee is discounted at the end of the case if we are instructed.
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