The Security Watchdog launches immigration advisory service to assist companies with legal compliance

Posted On 06 Sep 2014
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Employment screening and vetting specialist The Security Watchdog has launched a corporate immigration advisory service through its Advisory Bureau arm designed to provide comprehensive UK immigration support and advice for those organisations wishing to employ people from outside the EU and the EEA. The new service is particularly relevant for international company transfers and supports the growing need for organisations to look outside of the EU when it comes to specialist skilled workers. The Security Watchdog’s team of Level 3-registered OISC immigration consultants is supporting organisations with visa applications and processes around sponsoring individuals while also providing assistance to organisations looking for a sponsor licence. With continued tightening of UK immigration rules and repeated changes to the law, businesses must ensure that they remain up-to-date and compliant with the various regulations. This means engaging in the correct preparatory work surrounding the employment of migrant workers, ongoing compliance relating to those workers and extensive record keeping characterised and underpinned by tight controls. For example, in June over 60 universities, further and higher education colleges and independent schools were either stripped or faced losing their right to sponsor overseas students after being found non-compliant with the law. Such an occurrence can result in severe financial and reputational damage. Peju Ojemuyiwa, The Advisory Bureau’s senior immigration consultant, explained:” The UK’s immigration landscape is dynamic and ever-changing. Organisations at the top of their sponsor responsibilities must be constantly up-to-date with the UK immigration laws and update their processes accordingly. At The Security Watchdog, we are risk averse and ensure that we work with our clients to identify where these potential risks might lie. We then work together to create solutions that are dynamic and lasting in order to mitigate and remove such risks on a permanent basis.” Further information on specialist immigration services for businesses can be found on The Security Watchdog’s website. Visit here

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.