The adoption of a points-based system for economic migration in 2006 changed employers' duties and liabilities when employing non-EU migrant workers. The points-based structure was designed to reflect a candidate’s value to the UK labour market, with the aim being to attract migrants who have the most to contribute to the UK. EU nationals currently have free movement within the EU, but since the UK's vote to leave the European Union, it's unclear what the UK’s future immigration policy will be.

This members-only factsheet focuses on the various routes under Tier 2 of the points-based system with which employers are primarily concerned, but also mentions the Tier 5 options. It outlines the sponsorship system, compliance and legal liability, and provides links to government information and advice for employers.

Background to the immigration framework

Employing EU migrants

Employing non-EU migrants

Sponsoring non-EU migrants

Enforcement and legal liability


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