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Immigration UK Business – sponsor licencing course

Who should attend

This course is aimed at those within organisations who have responsibility for immigration issues. It is suitable for HR, global mobility and legal professionals who oversee this, operate the Sponsor Management System or who intend to do so in future. The modules do not presume prior knowledge of immigration law.


Following the end of freedom of movement and major changes to the UK points based immigration system, businesses are increasingly looking to sponsor individuals to fulfil roles in the UK and those with sponsor licences need to be up to date in terms of the obligations and duties that sponsorship entails.

This is a modular immigration training course which we will offer throughout 2023. Over two modules, our team advises of the strategic and practical issues that HR professionals need to consider when sponsoring employees within the new immigration system.

Experienced lawyers from our UK immigration team will conduct modules which explain how to operate a sponsor licence effectively. With use of law, policy guidance and insights from practice, they will help you get up-to-speed with the new requirements and advise about how to manage UK immigration effectively.


Our first module will look at an overview of the points based immigration system in the UK, the Key personnel and responsibilities for managing the licence, what the sponsor obligations and duties are that sponsors need to comply with and how to comply with these duties including practical issues and considerations.

In the following module, we will look at operating the Sponsor Management System in practice including assessing eligibility for sponsorship including skill and salary level and compliance when issuing Certificates of Sponsorship.

Both modules will be supported by observations from our trainers as to how these issues have been managed in practice, with breakout sessions intended for practitioners to share experiences and suggestions.  There will be adequate time for questions within each session


Module 1
(Tuesday 25 April 2023)

09:30 - 11:30


Overview of Points Based System in the UK and changes in recent years. Visitors to the UK and overview of routes to work in the UK.

Key Personnel. How to exercise the functions of an Authorising Officer, Key Contact, Level 1 or Level 2 User:

  • what each does and the minimum requirements to exercise the role
  • what each needs to know and to read
  • the role of each at audit
  • how to structure the allocation of roles

Sponsor Duties and obligations. Meeting the UK Visas and Immigration sponsor duties:

  • what are sponsor duties and complying with them;
  • issuing sponsor notes and SMS updates;
common practical challenges.


Module 2
(Thursday 27 April 2023)

09:30 - 11:30


Eligibility under the new Points Based System immigration system in the UK including:

  • who is eligible for sponsorship?
  • how to make an assessment?
  • navigating the Sponsor Management System and issuing a Certificate of Sponsorship
  • common problems which arise

Global Business Mobility: Senior or Specialist worker key considerations and changes.

Key issues. Managing the new Points Based System in practice:

  • EU nationals and right to work including business visits;
  • graduate programmes
  • GDPR and record keeping
  • Problems in practice



Cost: £415

All prices are exclusive of VAT

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25/04/2023 - 27/04/2023
virtual online modular course
09:30 - 11:30 (Local time)

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