Foreign nationals

Clio SpringerEditor's message: Employers sometimes want to recruit workers from outside the UK to fill a skills gap. However, there are restrictions on the employment of workers from outside the European Economic Area. If your organisation wishes to recruit a foreign national who is subject to immigration control to work in the UK, you must comply with the points-based immigration system.

If you want to employ foreign nationals as skilled workers under tier 2 of the points-based system, you must have a sponsor licence from the Home Office. An employer that fails to comply with its sponsor duties risks having its licence revoked.

Clio Springer, senior employment law editor

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