There is an interesting article written by People Management based in the Freedom of Information (FOI) they obtained from the Home Office, they discovered that there were 555 sponsor licences suspended between 1 April 2017 and 31 December 2017 and 455 licences were revoked. But what is the true cost of losing a sponsor licence? This is of course dependent on many factors such as the number of migrants under sponsorship and whether the business is fully relying or not on these workers for its operations.
Evolutionary Systems Company Limited (Evosys), our client, is an Oracle Platinum Partner which focuses exclusively on Oracle Cloud implementation and consultancy helping businesses manage and automate back office functions related to technology, services and human resources. The industries they provide solutions include healthcare, finance, logistics, manufacturing and distribution across public and private sectors. The parent company is headquartered in India since 2006 and the business operates in 19 countries including North America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.
Evosys have their own offices in Ahmedabad & Pune (India), Singapore, London, Boston, Sydney, Melbourne, Dubai, Riyadh Jeddah, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Malaysia. The business employs over 900 members of staff across its global operations. In the UK, they employ 28 staff and 19 are sponsored Tier 2 ICT Migrants. They have had a sponsor licence since 29/11/2012 and had always maintained an A-rating even after the first visit on 22/04/2016. However, on 21/03/2018 their sponsor licence was suspended.
IANS Solicitors received instructions from Evosys and submitted a substantive and detailed representation to the Home Office on 04/04/2018. We are very pleased for our client to receive a response on 17/05/2018 reinstating the license of Evosys to the register of licensed sponsors. Manik Dey, Evosys's authorising officer, tells us:
"The biggest challenge when our sponsor licence was suspended was to find the right law firm who could understand our business model, appreciate our recruitment and human resource systems in place and explain to the Home Office that we are a compliant business."
If Evosys lost their sponsor licence, they could have lost 19 IT specialists, which is very difficult to source in the UK and they could have stopped their profitable operations worth £6.5m for the year ending 2018. The authorising officer reported to us within 4 weeks of their licence being reinstated that they acquired a new contract worth £3m which is attributable to the value of the work they bring to the UK economy.
"The turn around time of IANS team in preparing a substantive response and supporting documents was very quick. They are very friendly, extremely professional and have eyes on details that made a difference in the work they did for Evosys. I fully recommend them to any licensed sponsors. Don't wait unprepared for compliance visits. It is a serious duty, get help from IANS". Manik Dey - Evosys, Authorising Officer
If you hold a sponsor licence and would like to ensure that no unannounced visit will result to your licence being suspended, or perhaps you have been visited recently and awaiting the outcome of that visit or maybe you already lost your sponsor licence in the past for whatever reasons, contact us to see how we can help you.