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Non-UK Employee Visa Workshop: Employer's Guide to Immigration & PBS

Are your non-UK staff employed legally? Do your employees have the correct visa? Are you risking your Employer Sponsorship Licence? Are you prepared for a UKVI visit? Do you fully understand the Points Based System (PBS) and its applications?

Time: 0930 - 1630 | Full-day | £395 + VAT per employee 

All dates: Register here

  • Tuesday 17th September
  • Thursday 14th November

Up-to-date with the latest Home Office immigration changes? As an employer – you are responsible.

UK employers must comply with a number of complex rules and requirements in order to ensure that their organisation is protected from penalties and other illegal working sanctions. This includes keeping track of developments concerning EU staff and for those that hold a sponsorship licence, ensuring that their duties are compliant. 

This important workshop will ensure you are abreast of the key changes and are fully up to date with the latest developments and updates:

  • Are you up to date with the latest Home Office changes?
  • Will your non-UK staff be employed legally?
  • Will your employees have the correct visa?
  • Are you risking your employer sponsorship licence?
  • Are you prepared for a UKVI visit/audit?

Who is this Non-UK Employee Visa Immigration Workshop for? 

This workshop is designed for employers who are recruiting overseas staff – the course is for licensed sponsors and those that are looking to become one. The workshop will go through in detail the new Points Based System and clarify which visa routes may be relevant to you as an employer.

Key areas of focus:

  • Latest Home Office updates 
  • Implications on your policies and procedures of Brexit and changes to immigration
  • Non-PBS routes to working in the UK
  • The practicalities of sponsoring a skilled worker
  • Certificates of Sponsorship
  • Tradeable points within the new system
  • Skills level and salary
  • English language requirements
  • Ensuring your policy is robust and compliant
  • Right to work and document checking
  • Being prepared for a Home Office Audit/Visit
  • New staff: Home Office compliant recruitment
  • Existing staff: managing work visas

Failure to comply fully with Home Office regulations can have serious ramifications for employers and it is essential that your policies and systems are up to date and legal to avoid substantial fines, removal of your licence and reputational damage.

This practical and intensive workshop will explore the latest Home Office regulations, the new Points Based System and non-PBS routes in depth so you come away with a full understanding of the requirements on you as an employer of non-UK nationals.

The workshop is designed to be interactive and enable delegates to ask questions throughout the day and learn from and share experiences from other delegates. This is a unique opportunity for you to have your organisations policy and procedure questions answered so you can ensure your policies are watertight.


"I thought this course was excellent, it was delivered really clearly at a good pace. The trainers were really knowledgeable, helpful and able to answer all questions." - Cambridge Consultants

"Loved the personal touch with answering all questions, very useful and practical information, would recommend 100%" - Pexapark AG

"Absolutely brilliant. Really informative and well presented. The best explanation of the grace period and EU nationals I have heard in the last two years!" - MHA MacIntyre Hudson

"Demonstrated knowledge and understanding, great approach to delivering information and sharing specialist and detailed information in a 'user-friendly' format" - NCG

"Excellent, very informative, taken lots away". - North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust 

Platform: Zoom - An encrypted zoom platform with password access. Click here for further information and to test access 

Prefer to run this course In-house?

We offer this course as a face-to-face or online In-house training option for groups of 5 or more – a cost effective training solution for teams, if this would be more suitable, please email

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, Security, Recruitment, Legal & Compliance, Directors & Managers responsible for Immigration & Right to Work Checks, Vetting & Screening, Administration & Operations


Welcome and housekeeping

Terminology & applying for a sponsor licence

Ian Westwood

Ian Westwood

Immigration Consultant
The Westwood Organisation

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Ian Westwood

Immigration Consultant , The Westwood Organisation

Ian Westwood worked at the Home Office from 1993-2003. He was an operational Immigration Officer serving at Heathrow, Gatwick and Dover before being promoted to Chief Immigration Officer based in Croydon. Since then he has set up his own consultancy business, providing training and immigration advice to a variety of corporate and private clients on the subject of Immigration. He is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner to provide immigration advice in the UK. Ian’s training credentials include the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s Certificate of Training Practice and the Belbin Team-Role Accreditation.

  • Key terminology to be aware of before sponsoring an individual
  • The application process to become a licenced sponsor
  • Overview of compliance duties

Comfort break

The Points Based System & skilled worker visas

Lucy Walmsley

Lucy Walmsley

Senior Consultant
The Westwood Organisation

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Lucy Walmsley

Senior Consultant , The Westwood Organisation

Lucy is our senior consultant, and provides corporate client support. Having previously held responsibility for immigration compliance at the University of Southampton, she has useful experience of the hoops and hurdles of compliance. Lucy regularly conjures up client guidance notes to simplify Home Office jargon and save clients from the frustration of navigating the Home Office website. Lucy is a regulated advisor with the OISC and a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

  • Explanation of points-based visas
  • Overview of employer-sponsored visas
    • Global Business Mobility route
    • Scale-up visas
    • Temporary Workers
  • Skilled worker visa criteria in detail
    • Tradeable points
    • Salary requirements
    • English language requirements
    • Maintenance
    • Health & care visa

Comfort break

Considerations before you sponsor an individual to work for you

  • Immigration skeletons to be aware of
  • Alternative (non-sponsored) immigration routes for staff coming into the UK
    • European nationals & clarification of UKVI compliance for your EEA workers, depending on their employment start date
    • Clarity over alternatives to sponsorship: Humanitarian routes; indefinite leave to remain; Hong Kong visa; Family visas; Talent visa; Students; Graduates; High Potential Individuals; Temporary Workers


Sponsoring a skilled worker

  • Practicalities of sponsoring a skilled worker
    • The cost of sponsorship (for the employer & the visa applicant)
    • SOC codes
    • Genuine vacancy replacing the resident labour market test
    • Salary practicalities
  • Issuing a certificate of sponsorship
    • Defined versus undefined certificates
    • The sponsorship management system
    • Information required for a certificate of sponsorship
    • Common questions surrounding certificates of sponsorship
  • The visa application process

Comfort break

UKVI compliance

  • Right to work checks
    • Starting work & checking documentation
    • Online & manual checks
    • Follow up checks
  • Sponsorship compliance
    • Sponsor duties for each of your skilled workers: reporting changes; record keeping etc.
    • Annual duties for sponsors
  • UKVI audits
    • Purpose of audit
    • What happens before, during and after an audit

Wrap up & final questions

End of workshop


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