Visa applications - can I reject?


First time poster.

Can you reject a candidates for a role who require a visa based on budget restrictions if they have the ability to do the and with SoC list?

Any links to where I can find this info welcomed?


  • Hi Steven,

    Tread carefully as this can amount to indirect discrimination. Start with the equality act, right to work should only be considered at the final stage of the selection process.

  • I'm unsure what you mean by budget restrictions - is it because you do not have a sponsorship licence, or the salary you would be paying for the job doesn't meet the requirements for you to be able to sponsor the person?

    If you don't have a sponsorship licence, you don't have to get one just to be able to employ someone who needs a licence. Also, you don't have to pay a higher salary than the job would normally get in order to be able to sponsor someone. If you don't have a licence, and/or the job doesn't meet the criteria in terms of salary, you are unable to offer it to a person who needs a licence. It isn't discrimination - you are just following the law.
  • In reply to Teresa:

    Hi Teresa,

    Thanks for your reply.

    We have a licence to sponsor as a company, the question is more about if you can choose which roles you offer visa support based on budget allocated for costs of applications and relocation?

  • In reply to Steven:

    Unless you have an internal policy you have no obligation at all to pay relocation / interview travel costs. There are arguments if it is a good or a bad thing but its largely your decision.
  • Steve Bridger

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    Community Manager

    22 Nov, 2017 10:21

    In reply to Keith:

    Some of you may have noticed your posts being filtered out to the 'moderation queue'. This is most likely because of the word 'visa', which is often associated with spam. I'm pretty vigilant and 'release' these legitimate posts quickly.