`Check latest version of codes of practice’, UKBA tells employers

Quarterly updates to be published UKBA website

16th February 2010
: If you are an employer wanting to sponsor a migrant worker from outside Europe, check the latest version of codes of practice before issuing a certificate of sponsorship.

The UK Border Agency has asserted that it is updating its codes of practice for sponsored skilled workers; and the quarterly updates will be published on the “codes of practice page” of its website on 1 March 2010.

Employers must check the latest version before they issue a certificate of sponsorship, the agency has asserted. The assertion is significant because if an employer wants to sponsor a migrant worker from outside Europe under Tier 2 or Tier 5 of the points-based system, the employer must use the codes of practice to check the skill level and appropriate pay for that job; and find out where the job must be advertised in the UK before it can be offered to a migrant worker.

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