Osbourne Pinner, a prestigious law firm in London, has made a substantial impact by helping over 1000 UK businesses hire overseas talent through its effective Sponsor Licence service.

Esteemed for its legal prowess, with offices in Piccadilly Circus and Harrow, Osbourne Pinner offers specialized legal services for UK companies aiming to recruit skilled individuals from outside the UK.

Since the 2021 change to the point-based immigration system, the firm’s Sponsor Licence and Skilled Worker Visa service has achieved a stellar 100% success rate in applications, positioning Osbourne Pinner as a leading solicitor in this sector in London.

The firm provides a no-cost 30-minute consultation to evaluate a business’s suitability for a Sponsor Licence and charges only half the fee for any unsuccessful application.

Successful sponsor licence applications empower companies to employ skilled workers from outside the UK, including the EEA, under Tier 2 and Tier 5 visas. These licences are valid for four years and require renewal, granted based on compliance with visa conditions.

For hiring long-term employees, businesses must apply for a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence, ensuring a UK operational base, an effective HR system, and genuine skilled worker job opportunities.

The sponsor licence fee structure varies, with reduced charges of £536 for small businesses and charities, while other organisations pay £1476. Additional charges include the Immigration Skills charge (£1000 per year per worker) and £199 for each Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

Led by a team of experts in corporate immigration law, Osbourne Pinner serves a broad spectrum of businesses within the EU and globally.

Senior Immigration Solicitor at Osbourne Pinner, Richard Young said: “We are delighted to see the success of this crucial service and it is very satisfying to see that Osbourne Pinner is now being recognised across the region for our expertise when it comes to recruiting overseas workers.
“Successful sponsor licence applications will allow firms to employ skilled candidates for long periods who will commit to the job. With the complexities of skilled worker licences, the candidates will seldom change jobs. It will be helpful for your business as it leads to better staff retention and also leads to the individual’s career growth.
“Anyone seeking to employ overseas workers should be mindful of the record-keeping, reporting and monitoring that is required by the Home Office to ensure that your company complies with the regulations. We can assist with this, but an in-house HR team is highly beneficial.
“Since the legislation changed in April 2023 to the points-based immigration system, the legalities around recruiting overseas workers now has added complexity, which is why we strongly advise enlisting a legal expert to navigate this complicated area law.”
Richard added: “The sponsor licence renewal process takes around eight weeks to process if there are no issues with the application and companies can apply for renewal three months before the existing licence expires. To avoid any delays, firms should ensure that the HR and personnel systems are working efficiently. This will lead to the smooth processing of the renewal application.
“The sponsors should be aware that in any case of discrepancy, they will be thoroughly investigated by the Home Office. The firm’s compliance with sponsorship requirements would be studied before approving the renewal application.
“Our expert team has helped over 1000 businesses with Sponsor Licences, whether it be applying for the first time or renewal, so we have extensive experience of the requirements and an be your trusted partner through this complicated legal process.”

Osbourne Pinner also assists in renewing Sponsor Licences, a critical step for the continued legal employment of non-EEU workers. Richard advises on maintaining efficient HR systems for hassle-free renewal applications.

Businesses interested in recruiting international talent are encouraged to schedule a free consultation with Osbourne Pinner through their online booking form.

More details about Osbourne Pinner are available here.