Edinburgh - 0131 228 2083
Glasgow - 0141 248 6552

McGill & Co is a Scottish immigration law firm specialising in UK immigration, nationality and refugee law.

If you require advice or assistance with issues relating to sponsoring overseas talent, we can help. We have developed a particular specialism and comprehensive service for employers looking to sponsor overseas talent and can ensure the process is as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

To discuss your specific needs in relation to sponsoring overseas talent, contact our experts today. You can call us on 0131 228 2083 for our Edinburgh office or 0141 248 6552 for our Glasgow office or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you right away.

Specialist Sponsorship Lawyers Glasgow and Edinburgh

Employers wishing to engage workers from overseas must obtain a Sponsorship Licence from the Home Office. Once acquired, the licence permits the employer to issue Certificates of Sponsorship to potential employees to allow them to acquire the necessary visa to work in the UK.

Obtaining a licence involves a detailed submission to the Home Office and entails ongoing compliance duties once acquired. The solicitors at McGill & Co have successfully acquired licences for a large number of companies, from small start-ups to major multinationals, providing ongoing audit and compliance support once the licence is acquired. 

We understand the importance of overseas talent to businesses in the UK. We provide practical and reliable advice to meet our client’s needs and provide advice through the process of sourcing and engaging employees from abroad. 

Sponsor Licences currently support three primary types of engagement: Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (Intra-Company) and Tier 5. Work under Tier 2 is primarily in skilled, professional roles. The Intra-Company route allows global businesses to transfer existing key staff to the UK. The General route is for recruits to a UK business. Tier 5 provides a number of useful sub-categories, designed for short-term engagements in the creative field, sport and religion. Tier 5 also caters for the Youth Mobility Scheme; Government authorised Schemes and International Agreements which permit specific activities.

Sponsor Licensing is primarily regulated through published policy guidance. Our many years of experience in this field and regular liaison with Home Office Compliance Officers, the Business and Sponsor Unit and Policy team allows us to deftly navigate this technical area and provide clear direct advice to clients. 

We are also able to confidently deal with issues which may arise, such as the suspension or revocation of a licence. We have successfully challenged decisions, negotiated with the Home Office and resolved difficult situations for sponsoring organisations. 

Our Recent Sponsorship Work

The Home Office system for the licensing and sponsoring of migrant workers requires great precision, attention to detail and preparatory work. Darren Stevenson, assisted by Iain Halliday, acquired a Sponsor Licence for a prestigious new fragrance brand, with a large-scale sales operation in a luxury London department store, to allow it to sponsor key financial and sales staff. McGill & Co continues to provide ongoing global mobility support for a large US multinational that frequently transfers staff between its worldwide sites to the UK, necessitating close support on Sponsor Licence matters and detailed technical support on the management of their global mobility needs.

Contact our Immigration Solicitors in Edinburgh and Glasgow

We understand the importance of efficiency and cost-effectiveness in handling immigration matters for our business clients, which is why we always strive to make the process as straightforward as it can be. We act strategically, and our niche practice allows us to provide in-depth, bespoke and specialist advice unavailable from large corporate firms.

To discuss your specific circumstances with one of our experts, contact us today by calling 0131 228 2083 for our Edinburgh office or 0141 248 6552 for our Glasgow office or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our dedicated team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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McGill & Co are rated by the Legal 500 as a Tier 1 immigration law firm in Scotland...

"A market leader for specialist immigration and human rights law in Scotland’, McGill & Co’s ‘excellent and prompt’ team assists private clients with all aspects of immigration and nationality law, including business, investor and entrepreneur migration, sponsorship licensing, family migration, and asylum and refugee work."

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