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Business Immigration Law Services
Talented foreign workers can bring a wealth of skills and experience to your business. However, if you’re not approved to employ foreign workers or fail to follow the rules around immigration compliance and rights to work, you could put your business at risk of legal action.
Our expert team provides immigration law support for SMEs across the UK. We can help with areas including sponsorship of workers from overseas, contracts of employment and prevention of illegal working, Home Office compliance, and much more in between.
We also offer half and full-day Essential Business Immigration Law for SMEs courses to help business owners, managers and teams develop their knowledge of immigration law and how it applies to your business.
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Immigration Compliance Audits for Businesses
Our expert business immigration law team can conduct a full immigration compliance audit if your business employs, or plans to employ, workers from overseas.
An immigration compliance audit will ensure your business establishes a robust legal approach to employing foreign workers and that you are fulfilling your legal obligations as an employer or sponsor.
An immigration compliance audit can support with areas including:
– Right to work document checking systems and processes: including which documents are acceptable, when documents are checked, how copies are annotated and stored, and diarising further required checks
– Ensuring employment contracts are adequate: in terms of immigration compliance and mitigating risks of impending changes in UK immigration policy
– Contractual clauses and policies: and ensuring these are immigration compliant
– Advising on GDPR risks/obligations: including right to work processes and systems in place
– Compliance review: in accordance with UK visas and immigration and Home Office requirements
– Advising on processes to avoid discrimination: whilst complying with Prevention of Illegal Working requirements
– Review of systems addressing sponsorship requirements: including minimum skill levels, minimum salary levels, advertising and recruitment obligations, a sponsor’s duty to keep records of recruitment and employment, and a sponsor’s duty to report to the Home Office on events relating to a migrant’s employment.
Specialist Immigration Law Support Services
Business immigration law can be a complex topic, and many small and medium-sized businesses need help to ensure legal compliance.
Howarths provides detailed, efficient and commercially focused business immigration law support services delivered by a team of experts who are the best in their field.
Instructing immigration law support from Howarths means you can rest assured your business is in the best, most experienced hands.
Specialist areas of business immigration we can support with include:
Right to Work in the UK –
Prevention of Illegal working –
Contracts of Employment and Employment Documentation, including – policies and workflow
Immigration and Coronavirus including furloughing sponsored –
employees and the adjusted Home office compliance rules
Employer Sponsorship Obligations –
Preparing a business for Brexit and for securing the rights of EU staff –
UK Immigration policy –
Points Based System –
Home Office Policy –
Recruitment and vetting of Visa national employees –
TUPE and Immigration Law: Sponsorship obligations –
For each of these areas, our team can provide a general advisory service –
or bespoke, specific services.
Immigration Law Training for Businesses and Managers
Does your business employ foreign workers? Perhaps you plan to recruit from oversease as your company grows? If so, making sure your management team has a good understanding of basic immigration law is essential.
Howarths delivers half and full-day business immigration law courses and workshops for businesses employing or considering employing workers from outside the UK.
Just some of the content covered in our half-day course includes:
– An outline of the current immigration status (legally/politically) at the time of the course
– EEA nationals: what options are open to EEA nationals living in the UK?- – EU Settlement Scheme
– Visitors: what business activity is permitted in the UK?
– GDPR implications of right to work checks
– Non-sponsored visas: who can work without an employer sponsor?
– Points-based system: an outline of each Tier of current and new systems
– Right to work checks: criminal and civil liability
– Discrimination in recruitment: when candidate screening becomes a risk
– Terminations: balancing immigration risk with fair decision-making
– Civil and criminal penalties: what could your organisation be liable for?
– Enforcement notices: when issued and how to respond
– Data protection: key points on disclosing information to UK Visas and Immigration.
The following content is added for our full-day course:
– Specific duties of sponsor licence holders
– Detailed aspects of the points-based system
– Tier 2 sponsor licence: obtaining/renewing your licence and key personnel requirements **
– Tier 2 intra-company transfers: your sub-categories and applicable thresholds **
– Tier 2 general: relevant criteria and conducting a resident labour market test. **
** Content dependent upon whether discussion is about current or new points-based systems
A word from our clients...
“With over 40 retail stores across the UK and employing over 200 staff, it is extremely important that we are supported by a professional and competent team. Moda In Pelle have been working with Howarths for over 9 years now and their pragmatic, commercially focused legal support has been crucial in adding value to our business operations.”
Moda In Pelle
“The team at Howarths are always available to talk to and offer clear advice and have supported us through some tough periods of change. I would recommend Howarths for all of your employment law, HR and H&S needs.”
“At Howarths we get exactly what we need - a personal service, tailored to our needs. All the team at Howarths are great and we know that when we do have a query that we will get the most appropriate advice, in a timely manner that is easy to understand. We would not hesitate in recommending Howarths.”
``The knowledge base, commitment and attention to detail are second to none; it's refreshing to partner such a forward thinking, competent HR provider who delivers real value to our organisation.”
``Howarths' knowledge and skill can always be relied upon. Just as importantly, their friendly and personal touch instills confidence at all times.”
Kirklees Stadium Development Limited
``We have found the support and advice from Howarths invaluable. I would highly recommend the Howarths team to any company. You never know when you may need them.”
The Pink Link
“Howarths provide an invaluable service and provide a level of reassurance that professional advice is always on hand at a time when the business needs it.”
“The team at Howarths offer you professional advice, support and comfort in your HR needs when you need it and you know that the advice will be accurate and above all within the current guidelines due to their excellent background in Employment Law. They are also a great source of training in all aspects of HR and it's all delivered in an easy to understand manner for myself and my team”.
“A competent, honest and highly professional company. The staff are passionate about their jobs, welcoming and supportive. The advice they give both verbally and in writing is always promptly delivered and instils me with confidence, even in the most difficult of situations”.
Wakefield Independent School
“We have used Howarths for several years now and to know that we have such a reliable, professional and knowledgeable organisation at the end of the telephone who can advise and guide us in all aspects of HR is worth its weight in gold”.
Robert Watts Estate Agents
“We know that should an issue arise, we can rely on them for step-by-step advice on how to deal with it. In our dealings with Howarths we have found that issues are dealt with promptly and with utmost professionalism”.
R&L Enterprises Ltd
“Howarths has become an invaluable asset to the essential smooth running of our business and in safeguarding our employee relationships; the friendly, professional service has become a cost-effective “can’t do without” business tool”.
“Howarths have been supporting Children’s Place’s employment practice for the past 7 years. We have always been impressed by how positive and professional all members of the team are. The support we receive is invaluable, as it is always effective and dealt with in an efficient timely manner. With a staff team of around 200, Howarths really do support our employment practice in all aspects of delivery”.
Children’s Place Ltd
“Aztek International has been a happy client of the Howarth Partnership for over ten years. On the rare occasion where you need their service, they react immediately, and it is good to have someone who is on your side. They will always guide you down the right track and make sure you do not make any impulsive mistakes. It is great to have someone you can have an open conversation with, and get great advice back”.
“Having been successfully supported by the team at Howarths for nearly five years now, we can confidently say that the highly tailored advice, guidance, documentation and most importantly, practical solutions offered to us by all its team members has always been of the highest standard and extremely responsive. A relationship with Howarths is therefore a must-have for all businesses in this day and age!”
“Howarths have been supporting us and our clients for many years. We have always received expert practical advice. No problem or quick question is too small or too much trouble”.
GL Barker Accountants
Although our current providers drastically reduced their rates I knew that from the moment Tracey arrived, and had then gone through what they could offer, Howarths seemed the right kind of people for us”
``As we have grown over the past couple of years, our relationship with Howarths has become a key part of the business. They are both pro-active and re-active to events happening in the world and our business, and have become a key member of the group”.
“We had been using the services of Howarths for several years on an ad-hoc basis until Gavin advised we would be better off using their yearly contract package. We now sign up every year safe in the knowledge that Gavin and his team will be there when we need them for all of our employment related questions. Excellent service and advice always given.”
“I would not hesitate in using / recommending Howarths – a dedicated, reliable and honest company across the board”.
John Alderson & Son
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