Visas: Sponsorship

Home Office written question – answered on 24th July 2020.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of sponsor licence applications that will be required ahead of the implementation of the proposed new points-based immigration system; and what steps her Department is taking to anticipate any surge in licence applications.

Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to (a) issue guidance and (b) change operating procedures to manage any increase in the number of sponsor licence applications before the implementation of the proposed new points-based immigration system in 2021.

Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many additional staff her Department plans to recruit to process sponsor licence applications under the proposed new points-based immigration system.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Planning for the implementation of the new UK points-based system includes ensuring that all aspects of operational readiness have been considered and this includes resourcing, recruitment and the delivery of training.

In UK Visas and Immigration, who will be delivering the new system operationally, there is a natural cycle of recruitment of caseworkers every year and this year the requirements of the new system have been factored in, including the forecast increase in sponsor licence applications.

Work is underway on this and there is specific strand project planning for the overall programme in place. Progress is reported weekly and monitored by the FBIS programme board which oversees the delivery of the new system.

The Impact Assessment for the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill included an assessment of the potential number of skilled workers that may be eligible under the new points-based immigration system, and therefore would require sponsorship. This can be found on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-bill-2020-overarching-documents

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.