The government has set out a series of reforms which it says will allow businesses to access skilled talent from abroad quicker and easier.
Reforms outlined in the sponsorship roadmap will continue to ease burdensome administrative processes, which organisations sponsoring workers must go through.
Through a range of technological and system improvements, the visa sponsor system will:
- further reduce processing times to enable UK businesses and educational institutions to become sponsors and attract global talent faster.
- re-use information the government already has on a sponsor, where possible, to make it easier for sponsors to use the system.
- improve accessibility of the system through creation of an online dashboard for sponsors; making it easier for them to understand the status of their sponsorship licence and the actions they need to take.
Statistics show that the UK has so far in 2021 received 205,919 work visa applications, up 40% on this time last year. A further 291,243 visa applications on study routes have also been received, up 14% on last year.
Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster said: “Our points-based system is delivering our pledge to attract the best and brightest to the UK while ensuring businesses focus on our domestic workforce.
“By making these significant changes to the sponsorship process, the UK will become global leaders in bringing talent to start work and study here faster than any other G20 country.”