Code of practice update for UK sponsored skilled workers

If an employer wants to sponsor a migrant worker from outside Europe under Tier 2 or Tier 5 (creative and sporting category only) of the points-based system, they must use the codes of practice to:

  • Check the skill level and appropriate pay for that job; AND
  • Find out where the job must be advertised in the UK before it can be offered to a migrant worker.

All UK employers wishing to hire an employee from outside of the European Union must have an Employer Sponsorship Licence.

Once an Employer Sponsorship Licence is obtained, it is possible for a business to employ needed staff through Tier 2 Work Permit stream provided the codes of practice are adhered.

Click here to speak to a immigration consultant and find out more information about the Employer Sponsorship License and the code of practice.

  Speak to an immigration consultant and find out more information about the Employer Sponsorship Licence.


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