Being a person who is thinking about migrating to the UK, or a company in need of a labor force, it is of great importance to understand the concept of a sponsor license. In plain words, it permits companies to be issued for “importing” workforce into the country. Since these are mostly people living abroad, a company in need of employees sends the application to the home office, for approval.
But, such approval and a license are not needed for every migrant case. Some may already have other types of permits that allow them to work as well. However, if one does not have any type of license, this one is a great way to ensure an employer will sponsor the whole migration process.
Naturally, there are many benefits this license gives to both employers and migrants. And we’ve decided to list all of them.
If you’re an employer, there are a couple of things you need to understand (criteria to fulfill) in order to assess whether or not you are eligible for such a license:
- The company needs to have a clean record when it comes to criminal or any other offense
- The same license hadn’t been taken away from you in the past 12 months
- You’re able to monitor and evaluate an employee
- You’ll be verified by the immigration office, who’ll check your application in detail. They may even visit the company’s premises to see if you’re able to answer all their expectations.
- After the whole process is complete, you’ll either get a temporary or a long-term license.
To see how the process flows, in detail, visit https://imperiallegal.com/media/articles/sponsorship-licence-in-the-uk-how-to-obtain-and-what-is-it-for .
Now, let’s take a look at the benefits you have as a company.
1. Make sure you create a diverse working climate
Since the license gives you the option to employ people from all over the world, professionals of different backgrounds, it will become a diverse place to work in. This gives you a great advantage when it comes to expanding your business activity in other countries. In a way, the license gives you the chance to gather talents from all over the world.
2. Expanding the business
As was mentioned in the previous point, such a possibility is used by many employers who want to expand in certain countries. Employing a migrant is a great chance to hire someone who knows the laws and legislations, and the market of the country you plan to expand your business.
3. Finding suitable talents
For companies who have the need for a specific type of professional, this is an opportunity to hire those that cannot be found in the local labor market. Or those who have experience in some rare projects.
This license gives benefits not only to employers but also to migrants.
Let’s see what is the benefit for people coming to work in the UK…
1. Sense of security
Many are struggling to migrate for work, and if they do not find a way to do so decided to migrate illegally. This becomes a burden, as they can be deported at any point. Being a legal migrant is a secure way to work, and earn a decent living.
2. Possibility to stay longer
Such a license also gives a chance for people who came to work, to stay longer. Up to 5 years, to be exact, with the possibility of extension.
3. Families can come to
The whole scheme is designed in a way to make people feel comfortable. Therefore, also allows the family members to come and experience life in the UK.
4. Studying is an option
While working, there is a possibility for the worker to be granted an opportunity to study as well. It makes the whole migration scheme more useful for the person since while working, a study course can also be completed.
Knowing all the above, no wonder people are choosing to migrate via this scheme. Below is a bit more information about the labor market in the UK.
What happened to the labor market after Brexit
You’ve probably heard how the UK has been struggling to attract a new labor force, ever since Brexit and the covid-19 pandemic began. The news said that they will issue up to 10,000 temporary work permits to truck drivers and agricultural workers to ease chronic labor shortages. These were the talks announcing the possibility of obtaining a short-term visa. They were to be valid for just a couple of months because this workforce shortage has affected fuel supplies and other industries.
A shortage of tanker drivers has caused long queues at petrol stations, due to people’s panicking. Despite the calls from the government urging people to stay calm, fuel has been literally drained from petrol stations. And there were not enough drivers to ensure all were supplies enough.
The decision to extend the critical work visa scheme was overturned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose government has tightened immigration rules after Brexit insisting Britain’s reliance on foreign labor must end.
The government has resisted introducing such a measure for months, despite an estimated shortfall of around 100,000 heavy goods vehicle drivers and warnings from various sectors that the supply would run out.
How did they plan to implement these measures?
Since they were focusing on rapidly increasing the number of drivers, some skill building had to be planned. Therefore, the education ministry and partner agencies decided to spend millions of pounds training people to become HGV drivers, creating new “skills boot camps” to speed up the process.
Almost a million letters were also planned to be sent to all drivers with a valid driver’s license, asking all those who are not currently driving to return to work.
All of the above completes the picture of what is needed in the UK when it comes to the workforce. Not only skilled professionals are valued, but also those with concrete skills, who can participate in the goods supply chain.