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Preparing for a UKVI Compliance Check Workshop

Are you ready for a UKVI compliance check?

Time: 0930 - 1300

Cost: £275 + VAT per attendee

All dates: Register here

  • Thursday 3rd October
  • Tuesday 3rd December

Are you prepared for an immigration site visit? 

Sponsor licence 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.

70% of UKVI visits result in punitive action, including:

  • Fines of up to £45,000 per illegal worker
  • Downgrading, revocation or suspension of sponsor licence

This course covers

  • 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

Delegate five-star feedback 

"Really well put together " - Maritime and Coastguard Agency

"Very informative, and information intense" - MHA

"This was the right pace and clearly explained; very helpful for a newbie in this area of work." - Canford Healthcare Ltd

"Very informative session with useful content. Great that the links are included on a number of the slides, too".

" I really enjoyed the delivery, it was engaging and there were plenty of examples. It was great to hear about real life examples, including from his own career."

"The trainer was brilliant and very knowledgeable". - Sanctuary

"I felt that this mornings webinar was the best I've been to to date. It was explained in a way that we all completely understood, and not only that, we could retain the information". - Autism at Kingwood

"I liked how he brought topics to life with cases"

"Learnt a lot and feel prepared now to start putting action plans in place ready to become sponsored employee." - Scottish Autism

"Great info and real life experience shared!" - The Arora Group


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Prefer to run this course In-house?

We offer this course as a face-to-face or online In-house training option, if this would be more suitable, please email

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR and recruitment professionals, administration, training, security, risk, compliance, legal, policy, vetting and screening, operations and all line managers and directors and staff with responsibility for Right to Work checks and non- UK employee recruitment


Welcome, housekeeping, aims & objectives for the day

A chance to revisit your reasons for attending the course, meet fellow delegates and establish and agree learning objectives

Why do audits happen?

Simon Kenny

Simon Kenny

Partner - Immigration & Global Mobility
Spencer West LLP

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Simon Kenny

Partner - Immigration & Global Mobility , Spencer West LLP

Simon is an immigration lawyer who helps with individual immigration applications, permission to work, illegal working penalties and sponsor licence suspension. He specialises in Skilled Worker and sponsor licence applications, right-to-work processes and defences to civil penalties. He also has significant experience in managing global immigration programmes and post-Brexit immigration compliance in respect of business travellers working across the EEA. Simon has specific expertise in working with institutions and individuals in the higher education sector. He has worked with universities on preparation for audit, right-to-work processes, defence to civil penalties and reviewing Certificates of Sponsorship for employees. Helpline services to both HR teams and individual employees of universities have been a major part of Simon’s recent career. He also helps academic staff make applications within the Global Talent programme. Simon has been listed as one of the UK’s leading practitioners in every edition of the Legal 500 since 2015. He was individually commended in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe Awards in 2019 for research and analysis conducted following a Freedom of Information Act request regarding Certificate of Sponsorship allocations. This featured as a headline news story across numerous national newspapers. Simon was an immigration officer for several years and, after becoming a solicitor, an immigration manager in Big 4 professional services companies. That provided him with a focus on achieving the best outcomes for clients with reference to wider global mobility issues and creativity in finding solutions which work. This experience informs his immigration advice and helps ensure other legal issues related to immigration are identified at an early stage in considering an assignment.

  • 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

Comfort break

How to prepare

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

Comfort break

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

End of workshop

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