In our experience, the Sponsor License Unit is undertaking an increased number of unannounced visits to the premises of Tier 2 sponsor license holders. These visits are undertaken to catch sponsors off-guard as the business is given no time to ‘prepare’ for the audit, which echoes the fact that an increasing number of companies are having their licenses suspended pending revocation.

The Home Office aims to audit the compliance of every Tier 2 Sponsor License holder to ensure they are maintaining compliance across five key areas: monitoring immigration status, maintaining migrant data, record-keeping, migrant tracking and general sponsor duties.

We are frequently asked to conduct ‘mock immigration audits’ on a sponsor’s immigration compliance in terms of their HR polices and procedures and provide advice in respect of areas that fall fail of the strict requirements, which from our vast experience we are frequently able to identify.