Can I Sponsor A Relative In My Business?
If you are the Authorizing Officer of your business, there are no prohibitions on sponsoring a relative. However, you could face restrictions on assigning a close relative a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) if you’re a Level 1 User.
This is explained as including a spouse, an unmarried partner, civil partner, a child or step-child, a parent or step-parent, a sibling, step-sibling or half-sibling, cousin, a nephew, niece, aunt or uncle, and, finally, a parent-in-law, sister or brother-in-law, and a daughter or son-in-law.
Whoever assigns the Certificate of Sponsorship must mention if they are assigning it to a family member of any individual within the sponsoring organisation, if it is a small or medium-sized business or organisation.
If you’re the assigner, you should still mention this on the CoS if it is a business classed as large and if you must be aware that you are assigning a CoS to a family member of anyone within the organisation.
When considering a visa application, the Home Office will assess the authenticity of the application. This includes whether the business actually requires the role the applicant is being sponsored in or if the visa was produced mainly so the applicant could apply for entry clearance or approval to stay. It also contains evaluating whether the applicant holds the appropriate qualifications, skills, and experience for the described job.
When a family member is sponsored by a company , there may be special scrutiny as to whether these standards are fulfilled.
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