Worker and Temporary Worker sponsor duties: preparing for and attending a Home Office visit

The following Immigration practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Worker and Temporary Worker sponsor duties: preparing for and attending a Home Office visit
  • When can the Home Office visit an organisation (or a related third party)?
  • Pre-visit preparation
  • The visit

Worker and Temporary Worker sponsor duties: preparing for and attending a Home Office visit

When can the Home Office visit an organisation (or a related third party)?

The Home Office is able to carry out compliance visits to the premises of licensed sponsors, or any site under the sponsor's control, at any time, whether announced or unannounced. It may also want to visit addresses where sponsored employees will be or are working (which could include the premises of a third party). Where this may be relevant, they will want to see evidence of arrangements between the sponsor and the third party that would ensure full co-operation by the third party. It is the sponsor’s responsibility to ensure that the third party is aware of the possibility of unplanned and unannounced visits and checks being conducted at their premises, and to ensure their full co-operation.

A visit could be undertaken as part of the Home Office's pre-licence checks on an applicant organisation (including where a sponsor is seeking to add a new route to its licence), or following an application to renew a licence or report/notification it has provided to the Home Office. It may also occur where the Home Office has concerns that a sponsor is complying with its duties and responsibilities, eg where it has received intelligence/allegations on a particular issue.

A sponsor's ability to be visited

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