According to the addendum to the Home Office’s guidance for sponsors published on 19 July 2019, the Home Office will now require all Tier 2 or Tier 5 sponsors to not only act in accordance with the Immigration Rules and all relevant guidance provisions, but also to behave in a manner which is not detrimental to the wider public good.
The Home Office have confirmed that a sponsor license application made by an organisation whose actions and behaviour are ‘non-conductive to the public good’ will be refused. Reasons for a refusal could include fostering hatred or inter-community division, fomenting, justifying or glorifying terrorism, or rejecting the rights of, or discriminating against, other groups or individuals on the basis of their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, race, religious belief (including lack of belief) or any other protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.
If an existing sponsor licence holder engages or has ever engaged in the above actions or behaviour, the Home Office will also take the appropriate compliance actions, which could include the revocation of a sponsor licence, depending on the severity of the actions and behaviour.
Gherson have extensive experience with sponsor licences, if you have any further queries in regards to the above, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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