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Immigration UK - Sponsor licencing modules

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.


Free movement of EEA and Swiss citizens ended on 31 December 2020. In anticipation of this, a new Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules took effect from 1 December. These are fundamental changes of which HR teams need to be aware since they impact on immigration compliance processes.

Many challenges arise for organisations seeking to manage the Brexit changes in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Immigration changes take effect quickly and need to be applied to new EEA and Swiss citizen employees from 2021.

This is a modular immigration training course which we will offer throughout 2022. In the first four 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.


This course is comprised of four short virtual modules. The date each module takes place is listed below.

Module 1
(Monday 12 September 2022)

09:30 - 11:30

How to exercise the functions of an Authorising Officer, Key Contact, Level 1 or Level 2 User. This module will cover:

  • 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 in a pyramid system

Module 2
(Wednesday 14 September 2022)

09:30 - 11:30

Meeting the UK Visas and Immigration Sponsor Duties. This module includes:

  • what the sponsor duties are
  • issuing sponsor notes and SMS updates
  • how to seek further information and the role of advisers
  • common practical challenges.
Module 3
(Tuesday 20 September 2022)

09:30 - 11:30

Introduction to the new Points Based System. This module will include consideration of:

  • who qualifies?
  • how to make an assessment
  • navigating the Sponsor Management System
  • next steps after issuing a Certificate
  • common problems which arise

Module 4
(Thursday 22 September 2022)

09:30 - 11:30

Managing the new Points Based System. A module which will include assessment of:

  • graduate programmes
  • GDPR and record keeping
  • lateral hires and redundancy
  • rectifying past non compliance
  • the problems we see in practice around this


Cost: £625

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Select a date

12/09/2022 - 22/09/2022
virtual online modular course
09:30 - 11:30 (Local time)