New sponsor requirements for Tier 2, Tier 4, and Tier 5 UK immigration streams
Changes to British employers' requirements for sponsoring foreign employees. [Contributed by Pro-Link GLOBAL]
To further the feasibility of on-site document review, the UK Home Office announced new requirements for British employers sponsoring foreign employees under the Tier 2, Tier 4, and Tier 5 immigration streams.
The new rule requires employers to retain documentation on file (albeit via paper documents or in electronic format) evidencing the foreign national's qualifications and experience to undertake their sponsored position. Documentation must include a detailed and specific job description outlining the responsibilities and duties of the job positions held by foreign employees. This also includes details regarding skills needed, qualifications, and experience thresholds.
Companies must keep these records on file for no less than one year. Penalties for non-compliance with the rule will include significant fines and the possibility of revocation of the employer's sponsorship license. It is, however, important to note that for sponsors already housing documents on file associated with the resident labour market test process, there is no requirement to maintain duplicate documentation.
These new requirements are effective for all positions filled by foreign employees on or after 19 November 2015.
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