What is Genuine vacancy for Skilled Worker, Global Mobility, Scale up visas AND how to meet the test

Why it is vital to focus on the genuine vacancy The genuine vacancy requirement tends to be overlooked by many applicants, which is a mistake that may cause sponsor licence or visa refusal. This is why we decided to write this article to draw attention to its importance for sponsor licence and sponsored worker visa applications. In short, the purpose of the genuine vacancy test is for the Home Office…

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Applying for defined certificates of sponsorship (DCoS) – procedure, delays, refusals

Defined CoS application to Home Office Defined Certificate of Sponsorship applications frequently cause problems for sponsor employers. In this article we explain requirements and some of the challenges of Defined CoS applications. Anyone who intends to apply for skilled worker visa would first need to get a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). Those applying from overseas would need a Defined CoS (DCoS). Only A-rated sponsors can apply for Defined COS (DCoS).…

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Immigration sponsorship compliance duties – care homes & care providers – Home Office audit (visit) – licence revocation

Care homes and care providers – sponsor licence immigration sponsor duties All sponsor licence holder organisations have extensive duties and obligations defined by the Home Office. Non-compliance may lead to the licence suspension (during an investigation by the Home Office) or licence revocation (cancellation of licence after the investigation is completed). In this blog we focus on most common breaches of compliance obligations by care industry sponsor employers. We recommend reading…

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Immigration sponsor compliance – Home Office audit (visit) – care homes, care agencies & care providers

Sponsor compliance should be your priority Sponsor compliance should be the focus of all sponsor licence holders. This article focuses on its importance and key obligations. All sponsor licence holder organisations have extensive duties and obligations defined by the Home Office. Non-compliance may lead to the licence suspension (during an investigation by the Home Office) or licence revocation (cancellation of licence after the investigation is completed). In this blog we focus…

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How to apply for skilled worker sponsor licence for schools & education trusts to employ foreign teachers

HOW TO APPLY FOR SKILLED WORKER SPONSOR LICENCE AS A SCHOOL OR EDUCATION TRUST TO HIRE OVERSEAS TEACHERS Skilled Worker Sponsor licence can be obtained by schools and education trusts to employ foreign overseas teachers on Skilled Worker visa in the UK. The sponsor licence will assist UK schools struggling to fill the teaching vacancies. Once the sponsor licence is granted to your organization by the UK Home Office, your licence is valid…

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Skilled worker sponsor licence for UK fishing & seafood industry to employ deckhands and skippers

Immigration skilled worker sponsor licence for fishing industry in the UK Immigration Sponsor licence can be obtained by fishing & seafood industry businesses to employ foreign overseas deckhands and trawler skippers on Skilled Worker in the UK.  The skilled worker sponsor licence will assist the businesses struggling with the local staff shortages to fill the deckhand and trawler skipper vacancies. Due to the recent changes to UK immigration rules, transit visas are no…

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Changes to Skilled Worker visa announced 17 July 2023 – Shortage Occupation List update and Student switching restricted

Important changes to skilled worker visa – statement of changes 17 July 2023 There are some important changes announced for Skilled Worker visa route in the Statement of Changes to Immigration Rules 17 July 2023. In a nutshell, the changes to skilled worker visa focus on two main topics, i.e. new jobs have been added to Shortage Occupation List and restrictions on switching from student visa to skilled worker, other…

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Self sponsorship visa as Skilled Worker at own UK company

UK Self sponsorship on skilled worker visa – 2024 Firstly, you may already be aware that there is no ‘Self sponsorship visa’ category in the UK immigration rules. So why there is information about ‘self sponsorship visa’ online and what does the term mean. In short ‘Self sponsorship’ is an informal term used by migrants and immigration lawyers when a foreign national relies on their own UK registered company to…

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How to choose the correct SOC Code for Skilled Worker COS and other UK sponsored work visas

What is SOC code for COS and choosing correct one One of the most important tasks when assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship (COS), is to choose the correct SOC code for the job role that you offered to a migrant worker. Therefore, the starting point is to understand the definition and meaning of ‘SOC code’. The term ‘SOC code’ is used in the UK immigration rules for sponsored work visas…

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Why skilled worker visas are refused and what to do next

Skilled worker visa refusals are quite common Skilled worker visa is one of the most popular and commonly used visa categories to immigrate to the UK.  There are many applicants who prepare their skilled worker visa application without any input from an immigration lawyer. Those applicants frequently receive refusals and only then decide to contact a lawyer. This article is focused on the most common reasons for refusal and what…

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