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Gross & Co placed on Home Office list of advisers for Employer's Licences

As from 27th November 2008, all employers wishing to recruit foreign nationals who previously needed Work Permits will be required to obtain a Sponsor’s Licence from the Home Office. Without a Sponsor’s Licence, recruitment will not be possible.

As part of the Licensing Process, employers normally receive a site visit from the Home Office to check the employers' HR systems. The Home Office has now produced a list of professional advisers who have developed systems to provide reports for employers which are normally accepted by the Home Office in lieu of site visits.

Gross & Co, the Bury St Edmunds' Solicitors, is the only firm in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire currently accredited by the Home Office to provide such reports. This service is available to any business wishing to apply for a Sponsor’s Licence.

Graeme Kirk, Senior Partner of Gross & Co, who has specialised in UK immigration law since 1980, stated:-

“Obtaining a Sponsor's Licence will be an absolute requirement for employers wishing to recruit foreign nationals who would currently need Work Permits. By working with companies to provide a report, we can obviate the need in most cases for an intrusive and time-consuming visit to a company from the UK Border Agency."

For comment, or, further information, please contact Graeme Kirk or Sohan Sidhu on 01284 763333 or by e-mail to or

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