Sponsor Licence Suspension and Revocation

Having your Tier 2 or 5 Sponsor Licence suspended or revoked can have catastrophic consequences, not only for your business’s ability to meet growth targets and professional reputation, but also for your non-EEA migrant workers.

Sponsor Licence suspensions and revocations often follow a compliance visit from the Home Office.  If you have received notification that your licence is being suspended or revoked, it is imperative you seek experienced business immigration advice immediately.  It is crucial that you take this Home Office action seriously and take immediate steps to protect your interests.

Led by Dr Lusine Navasardyan, who has years of experience in commercial law, has a deep understanding of the motivations behind Home Office suspensions and revocations.  This means she and her team can put together a vigorous case in your organisation’s defence. You can be confident that by instructing us, you have the best chance of a successful outcome and your matter is being expertly managed so you can concentrate on your business.

Contact our experienced immigration lawyers in London

Call our expert immigration team on 020 3372 5125 or complete our online enquiry form for a free assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are Sponsor Licences Suspended or Revoked?

The Home Office will suspend or revoke Sponsor Licences for non-compliance with Sponsor Licence duties.  Common reasons include:

  • inaccurate record keeping
  • employing or continuing to employ someone who fails the Right to Work in the UK test
  • not conducting compliant Resident Labour Market Tests
  • not having key personnel in place
  • poor HR policies and procedures

Small businesses find themselves often overwhelmed by their Sponsor Licence duties and responsibilities.  It is all too easy to let record-keeping slip or neglect to replace key personnel. One way of avoiding this is to instruct our team to manage your compliance matters for you.

What happens if my Sponsor Licence is suspended?

Sponsor Licence suspension is serious.  You will be unable to issue any new Certificates of Sponsorship, and you may be provided with a list of actions you need to undertake in order to have the suspension lifted.  

You only have 20 working days to respond to a notification.  If, after this period, the Home Office is not satisfied your business has taken appropriate action to remedy the situation/s that caused the suspension, your licence could be revoked.

Our business immigration Solicitors will examine your suspension notification and draw up a strategy to meet Home Office requirements.  We will act fast, staying in constant communication, and will provide a practical plan to have the suspension lifted.

What happens if my Sponsor Licence is revoked?

If the Home Office revokes your Sponsor Licence, you will receive notification of their action in a letter.  In such circumstances, you should contact us immediately. We will examine the letter and look for any factual errors which may result in having the revocation reversed.  Our team will assist you with understanding the grounds of the alleged breach which resulted in revocation and help you to collate evidence to support your response to the Home Office.

We have a robust track record of advising employers who have had their Sponsor Licence revoked.  We can assist you with building a case to the Home Office that the revocation of your licence would be disproportionate due to its wider implications, for example, if your employees must leave the country because it would be difficult to find similar sponsored positions.

Do not try and deal with a Sponsor Licence suspension or revocation alone.  Our business immigration lawyers are experienced in handling these matters and will provide you with the best legal advice available.

For assistance, please contact our London office on 0203 372 5125 to make an appointment.

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