Home Office immigration audits can happen any time during the application process and lifespan of your sponsor licence. Failure to comply with the required standards can result in your licence being refused, revoked, suspended or downgraded. Get in touch to find out how we can help make sure your business is always ready for a UKVI compliance visit.
how can lexus law help?
Our meticulous immigration lawyers are experienced in conducting mock immigration audits to help businesses ensure they are always ready for a compliance visit. During your mock audit, we will:
- Check that the information you provided in your application is accurate and up-to-date.
- Review your record-keeping processes to ensure you are complying (or will be able to comply) with your responsibilities as a sponsor.
- Prepare any staff involved with the recruitment of migrant workers for questions they may be asked by the Home Office.
- Speak to sponsored employees to check they are familiar with the legal conditions of their visa.
Following the mock audit, we will provide you with a detailed report highlighting any areas of concern as well as suggestions for improvement.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a compliance visit take?
UKVI site visits usually last around 2-3 hours, but can last considerably longer depending on factors such as the reason(s) for the visit, the size of the business, and the number of sponsored staff employed.
How much notice does the Home Office have to give for an immigration inspection?
None, the Home Office can conduct unannounced site visits at any point. It is possible that they will provide you with prior notice, but this is increasingly uncommon. As such, sponsor licence holders must be prepared for an inspection at any point.
How do I know whether to expect an immigration site visit?
The Home Office can conduct site visits completely at random, so it is good practice to ensure your team is inspection-ready at all times. There are, however, some stages at which an inspection is more likely. These include:
- During the initial sponsor licence application process, before the licence is granted.
- After making a licence renewal application.
Checks may also be conducted at any point during the four-year licence validity period.
What will Home Office officials be looking for during an audit?
During a site visit, UKVI officials will want to see that you have adequate processes in place to meet your obligations as a licenced sponsor. They’ll verify that you are completing Right to Work checks on all workers prior to employment, and that you have adequate systems to monitor employee immigration status and maintain employee data.
In the case of a pre-licensing visit, they’ll also want to verify that the details you provided in your sponsor application are accurate. Similarly, they’ll want to make sure that any migrant workers are fulfilling a job role that is in line with their Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).
Other areas that will be assessed include:
- General record-keeping processes
- Employee tracking
- Appropriate assignment of key personnel
- Key personnel’s awareness of compliance duties
- The number of sponsored employees in the organisation
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