United Kingdom: Third Party Sites May Now Be Visited During Compliance Audits

According to a new UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) policy, the UKVI can now conduct an audit at any UK address where sponsored workers carry out their work, including a third party's premises, such as a client site where work is conducted under a contract for services.

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Apr 11, 2017
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Further to the Immigration Rules changes that took effect April 6, 2017, UK Visa and Immigration can now conduct an audit at any UK address where sponsored workers carry out their work, including a third party's premises, such as a client site where work is conducted under a contract for services.

The guidance also stipulates that it is the sponsoring employer's responsibility to ensure the full cooperation of the third party during the site visit.

What This Means for Employers

This is a major change in policy, and sponsors will need to discuss the possibility of UKVI audits with their clients. Fragomen can assist clients with the audit process.

Fragomen is considering the full implications of this change and will provide further information.

The above guidance should be reviewed in line with other non-immigration-related requirements imposed on UK employers.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to londoninfo@fragomen.com.

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