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Services for UK Business


Stepstones Visas Ltd provide a comprehensive service to businesses to ensure that that they can meet their employment requirements in full complicity with UK legislation. This service includes both advice as to the applicable legislation intended to prevent illegal working in the UK and employee vetting.

COMPLIANCE WITH LEGISLATION RELATING TO PREVENTION OF ILLEGAL WORKING

Sponsor Licence


A Sponsor Licence enables a UK employer to sponsor skilled migrants to work for them in the UK under Tier 2 of the Points Based System. An employing entity which does not have a Sponsor Licence will be unable to sponsor migrant workers.

Tier 2 is the replacement to the work permit scheme and only employers with a Sponsor Licence, issued by the UK Border Agency upon application and approval, will be able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship to the prospective employee or employee in an overseas branch.

Civil Penalty Objection/Corporate Reputation Preservation


A UK entity found to be employing migrant workers illegally may be subject to a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per employee and/or those who run the business may be subject to criminal prosecution. In addition, they may be named and shamed on the publicly available list of entities which have received a civil penalty.

As these entities may also have their Sponsor Licence withdrawn, the potential for damage to reputation for any entity which finds itself on that list is significant.



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