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Corporate Immigration

Corporate Immigration for business purposes provides diverse elements of skill, expertise and talent across all sectors of the UK economy. Corporate immigration is therefore a crucial aspect of business practice, and our specialist team of immigration solicitors based in London have many years’ experience in helping businesses to bring the right staff to their UK organisation. Whatever your requirements, the expert immigration lawyers at Ackroyd Legal can help you.

Just like all other areas of immigration law, the rules regarding corporate immigration into the UK are very specific and are always strictly applied. Different employees will have very different visa requirements, and your corporate immigration lawyer will advise on the most appropriate option and guide you through the process, to give you the best chance of achieving a favourable outcome.

Our team of corporate immigration solicitors based in London can help you with all aspects of business immigration. Our services include, but are not limited to:

Helping you to understand your responsibilities as an employer of migrant workers, including following a takeover or buyout.

Business immigration in the UK – the five-tier points system

Business immigration in the UK uses a points-based, five-tier immigration system to deal with the immigration status of people entering the UK from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) for the purposes of work, study, business or training.

The English Language requirement for business immigration

Some visa applicants will be required to meet the English Language requirement for business immigration, meaning that they will need to prove their level of ability in English when applying for a visa. This can be done by having already achieved an academic qualification in English, or passing an accredited English Language test. For more information and guidance on the English Language requirement for business immigration, please speak to one of our expert corporate immigration solicitors, who will be happy to help you.

The resident labour market test

The resident labour market test means that the position could not have been given to a UK national or settled person. If the job does not appear on the current Shortage Occupation List, you will have a duty to advertise the post before you can sponsor a foreign worker into the role. Your expert immigration solicitor at Ackroyd Legal can advise you on how to carry out the resident labour market test, in order to ensure that your obligations are fully met.

Tier 2 General Work Visas

When you wish to bring staff to the UK, Tier 2 General Work Visas enable you to sponsor skilled workers from overseas, to allow them to come to the UK in order to work for you, in a role that must be sufficiently skilled and pay an appropriate salary. The resident labour market test will apply, meaning that you will usually need to show that you have already been unable to recruit a UK national into the position. After five years’ lawful residence in the UK, your foreign worker may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence

In order to bring staff to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to work for you on a Tier 2 General Work Visa, you must hold a UK Sponsorship Licence. The role to be filled must require a suitable level of skill and pay an appropriate salary. Your Sponsorship Licence will be granted for a period of four years, after which it may be extended.

In order to be eligible for a Sponsorship Licence, there are a number of criteria that will need to be met, including:

As a UK Sponsor, you will have a number of responsibilities, including:

You can apply online for a Sponsorship Licence. Your specialist corporate immigration lawyer at Ackroyd Legal will be able to support and guide you through this process.

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