Migrants sponsored under Tier 2 are allowed, in very limited circumstances, to undertake supplementary work in addition to the role for which they have been sponsored. They do not require sponsorship to undertake supplementary work.

Supplementary work must be:

  • in the same profession and at the same professional level as the work for which the migrant is being sponsored;
  • for no more than 20 hours per week; and
  • undertaken outside the normal working hours associated with the migrant's sponsored role.

The Penningtons Manches immigration team has confirmed with the Home Office that supplementary work can be undertaken via self-employment.

A sponsor's obligations do not extend to this supplementary work, and sponsors are not under any duty to report it to the Home Office or to monitor it. It is important to remember, however, that this work must be supplementary; that is, it must be incidental to the work a sponsored migrant is undertaking as per his or her Certificate of Sponsorship. If a sponsored migrant ceases to fulfil the duties of his or her sponsored role, because supplementary work is impinging on his or her time, this could have an effect on the sponsorship.