Sponsorship responsibility

Responsibility of Sponsorship lies largely with the recruiting/line manager but is shared by Deans and Directors, as well as HR. The university agrees to pledge that it will accept the responsibilities of sponsorship, in respect of each migrant employee.  These responsibilities include reporting the following information or events to the UKVI, within any time limit specified. Information about migrants' non-attendance, non-compliance or disappearance will be used to inform enforcement action against them:

  • If a Sponsored migrant does not turn up for his or her first day of work. The report must be provided within 10 working days and must include any reason given by the migrant for his or her non-attendance (e.g. missed flight).
  • If the migrant's contract of employment is terminated earlier than is shown on their CoS (including where the migrant resigns or is dismissed). This must be given within 10 working days and should include the name and address of any new employer or institution that the migrant has joined, if the Sponsor knows it.
  • If the university stops sponsoring a migrant for any other reason.  For example if;
    • you become aware the migrant has moved into an immigration route that does not need a sponsor
    • the migrant takes a period of unpaid leave, which is not covered by the exceptions in reduction in salary.
  • If there are any significant changes in the migrants' circumstances this must be provided within 10 working days of the change, for example:
    • a promotion or change in job title/core duties, other than those which require a   change of employment application.
    • a change of salary from the level stated on the migrant’s Certificate of Sponsorship, other than changes due to annual increments, bonuses or a change of employment application being made.
    • a change of salary from the level stated on the migrant’s Certificate of Sponsorship due to a period of maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or a period of long-term sick leave or unpaid leave that lasted for one month or longer
    • the location the migrant is employed at changes, or if the duration of their contract of/for employment/services is shortened
  • If a Sponsored migrant is absent for work for more than 10 working days, without the Sponsor's reasonably granted permission. In this case, the report must be provided within 10 working days of the tenth day of absence.
  • Any suspicions an employer may have that a migrant is breaching the conditions of his or her leave.