Business Immigration

Our Business Immigration solicitors have extensive expertise advising corporate clients, charities and public sector clients with business immigration issues. We work closely with HR departments and clients with fewer HR resources, to offer support and training on all aspects of Business Immigration law and HR issues.

Following the introduction of the point-based immigration system in the UK (plus our exit from the European Union), we recognise that many of our clients have faced significant challenges in ensuring EEA and other foreign nationals working for them in the UK continue to have the relevant visas and right to work documentation.

We also recognise our clients and entrepreneurs wish to continue to recruit from the pool of talent around the world to address the skills shortage in their particular industries.

Our Business Immigration solicitors provide advice and services in relation to the following:

  • Applying for and obtaining a sponsorship licence
  • Obtaining and allocating certificates of sponsorship
  • Advising on the ongoing obligations an employer has, as a sponsor
  • Advice on complying with immigration rules in the event of a change to a sponsor’s corporate structure caused by a merger, acquisition or a change of ownership
  • Advice on immigration due diligence in corporate transactions
  • Advice on the appropriate visa required
  • Advice on workforce planning and risk mitigation
  • Advice on right to work checks and obligations

We aim to make life easier for our clients by discussing their particular situation, advising on the appropriate route, visa and type of sponsorship licence that would be most applicable. We can assist with the application to register clients as a sponsor and the issuing of sponsorship certificates by them to their employees.

We provide bespoke training sessions and webinars to HR staff to ensure they are aware of the legal obligations and compliance requirements of their organisations, in particular the right to work checks they must carry out on all employees.

Businesses face serious civil and criminal penalties for non-compliance and immigration offences, which will have a long-standing impact on the organisation’s ability to obtain and keep their sponsorship licence and their ability to recruit the skills they need from the wider, global talent pool.

Geldards’ Business Immigration Team are all qualified employment lawyers within our Employment department. They have both business immigration and employment law expertise, which enables them to provide a cost-efficient and integrated approach.

If you’d like to find out more about our business immigration services and how we can help, please contact one of our business immigration solicitors below.

Related expertise include: Employment Contracts & Rights, Redundancy & Business Transformation, Workplace Issues & Disputes.

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