The Skilled Worker route went live on 1 December 2020, replacing Tier 2, and EU workers have been eligible for sponsorship since 1 January 2021. This annual conference will take a critical look at the new era of sponsorship.
We have an excellent array of speakers from a number of leading UK immigration practices and the conference is being chaired by Nichola Carter of Carter Thomas Solicitors.
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 Skilled Worker with some reference to Temporary Worker. The speakers will provide highly practical insight and tips from their extensive experience.
ILPA’s sponsor licence law conference provides a space for immigration experts across the UK to share experiences and tips on dealing with this complex area of law.
Attendees are invited to send in any questions, case-studies they would like the speakers to address in advance of the conference (to be received at ILPA by no later than 10 May 2021). You can submit your questions here.
10:00 – 10:05 Chair's Welcome – Nichola Carter, Carter Thomas Solicitors
10:05 – 11:00 Keynote Speaker & Q&A – Paul Karim, Head of Work Operations, UKVI
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 11:45 Available routes and the sponsor licence application process – Tony Haque, Baker & McKenzie LLP
11:45 – 12:15 Sponsor duties, including mergers and acquisitions – James Perrott, Mayer Brown International LLP
12:15 – 12:45 Occupation code selection and salary calculations – Tom Brett Young, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP
12:45 – 13:15 Migrant application process: tips and tricks – Nicolette Bostock, Laura Devine Immigration
13:15 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30 Focus on contract/third party sponsorship issues – Joe Middleton, Doughty Street Chambers
14.30 – 15:00 Interplay between the rules for sponsored workers and the sponsor duties, plus related matters – Jonathan Kingham, Lexis Nexis
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 15:45 UKVI investigations and audits, challenging enforcement decisions and case law round-up – Joe Middleton, Doughty Street Chambers
15:45 – 16:15 – International agreements, frontier workers and other options – Chetal Patel, Bates Wells
16:15 – 16:30 Q&A and round-up – Nichola Carter, Carter Thomas Solicitors
A reminder that pupil barristers and trainee solicitors who are ILPA members and Category A members* (Law Centres, Local Citizens’ Advice Bureaux and not-for-profits) are entitled to the concessionary training price (50% off the members' training price).