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Preparing for a UKVI Compliance Check


Sponsor license holders should be match-fit and prepared for an immigration site visit at any point, whether pre-warned or un-announced. Many organisations have been caught unprepared and the financial and reputational risks are sizeable.

Under the prevention of illegal working legislation, sponsors are duty bound to meet compliance duties under the terms of your licence. So, do you know what they are and are you prepared for an on-the-spot visit? 

The range of ways in which UKVI monitor employers and sponsors includes site visits; these can comprise a thorough audit of your documents, procedures and processes as well as interviewing employees to check your immigration compliance. Failure to comply will directly impact your ability to sponsor points-based workers, thus making it even harder to fill key vacancies in your organisation. You’ll also risk negative reputational fallout.

The programme content can be adapted to meet your specific organisational challenges and training needs. This half-day course can run at either 0930-1300 or 1300-1630

Learning outcomes

  • Why compliance checks happen and what UKVI are looking for 
  • How to prepare for an compliance check
  • A schedule of events for audit day 
  • Follow up and action plans post compliance check 
  • Five top tips from our immigration expert

Preparing for a UKVI Compliance Check workshop - Course Overview

The agenda below is used as a starting point for pre-course discussions with the trainer. To ensure the final agenda meets your specific requirements, minor amendments can be made.

Welcome, objectives and scene-setting

Why do audits happen?

  • What are UKVI Looking for?
  • Distinction between compliance/ pre licence and post licence visits
  • Consequences of an adverse audit
  • Stats and the emergence of desktop audits

How to prepare

  • Confirming the legal basis for the visit
  • Preparing right-to-work information
  • Preparing sponsorship information
  • Dealing with mistakes

On the day

  • Documents to present on arrival
  • Interviews
  • Access to data and GDPR
  • Legal support?


  • Forwarding information
  • Complying with Action plans
  • Assessing and replying to a civil penalty

Five top tips

Final Q&A and wrap up

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Click here to fill in our enquiry form or to have a confidential discussion about your requirements, please contact Catherine Ouston our Head of In-house Training on 01983 861133 or email

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