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What does the future hold for sponsorship?
The next couple of years may very well bring about bigger changes to the UK's work-related immigration routes than we witnessed in 2008, when the Points Based System was introduced.
UKVI's George Shirley, Head of PBS, Citizenship and the Windrush Taskforce, has agreed to be our guest speaker.
In addition, we have an excellent array of speakers from a number of leading UK immigration law firms and the conference is being chaired by Nichola Carter of Carter Thomas and Joe Middleton of Doughty Street Chambers.
Topics will range from practical tips on sponsor licence law to in-depth analysis of complex legal issues. There will be a detailed examination of the current system of sponsorship for businesses, primarily relating to Tier 2 (General and ICT) and Tier 5, and a look at what the future may hold. The speakers will provide highly practical insight and tips from their extensive experience.
This annual conference provides a space for immigration experts across the UK to share experiences and tips on dealing with this complex area of law.
09:45 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:05 Chair's Welcome
Nichola Carter, Carter Thomas Solicitors
10:05 – 11:00 Keynote Speaker & Q&A
George Shirley, Head of PBS, Citizenship and the Windrush Taskforce at UKVI
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Session 1: Complex Sponsor Licence Applications and Renewals
Natasha Gya Williams, Gya Williams Immigration and Simon Kenny, Eversheds Sutherland
12:15 – 13:15 Session 2: Expert Tips: Tier 2 Sponsor non-compliance and migrant applications
Natasha Chell and Nicolette Bostock, Laura Devine Immigration
13:15 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Session 3a: The Interplay between the Rules for sponsored workers and the sponsor duties, plus recent cases.
Jonathan Kingham, Lexis Nexis
Session 3b: Tier 4 Sponsorship – how complex can it be?
Tom Brett Young, Veale Wasbrough Vizard
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 16:00 Session 4: Keep Calm and have a Strategy: suspension, revocations, challenges and case law
Joe Middleton, Doughty Street Chambers
16: 00 – 16:30 Session 5: Panel with all speakers, Q&A and general knowledge sharing