Policy News Journal - 2016-17

The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals ……………………………………………………………Policy News Journal

Sponsor a Tier 2 or 5 worker: guidance for employers 25 November 2016

The Home Office has published Sponsor a Tier 2 or 5 worker guidance for employers.

Version 11/16 of the guidance is to be used for all Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsor licence applications made on or after 24 November 2016.

Previous guidance was published for use on or after 6 April 2016. Always check that you are using the correct version as this guidance is subject to change.

The guidance is for organisations who want to apply for a sponsor licence to sponsor migrants under Tier 2 and/or Tier 5 of the points-based system. It tells you what we expect if you are a licence holder, the processes you must follow when sponsoring a migrant and how to meet all of the duties and responsibilities associated with being a licensed sponsor.

Separate guidance (also updated as from 24 November) exists on GOV.UK for UK education providers who wish to apply for and hold a licence to sponsor international students to come to the UK under Tier 4 to study.

You can find the appendices mentioned in the guidance under sponsorship policy guidance on GOV.UK - Guidance for employers and educators .

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Sponsor a Tier 2 or 5 worker: guidance for employers 27 February 2017

Updated guidance, including an addendum about 'information on the skills charge' has been published.

This is the full policy guidance on sponsoring a migrant worker. Use this guide to find out how to:

apply for an employer’s sponsor licence

 employ people from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who will be doing a role under Tier 2 or 5 of the points-based system

The addendum to the information on the skills charge is to do with legislation expected to come into force on 6 April 2017 which means that you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge where you sponsor a worker from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). See page 1 of the Tier 2 and 5 of the points-based system: guidance for sponsors for full details.

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