Immigration audits, training and compliance

The immigration team are solely responsible for the culture change in our organisation, their assessment report was invaluable.

Business Immigration

Penningtons Manches Cooper’s dedicated immigration audit, training and compliance team identifies risks and offers practical solutions to employers, equipping them with the necessary knowledge to comply with the UK’s immigration systems, rules and regulations. Our in-depth understanding of compliance – together with our proactive approach - ensures that both our clients’ business and reputation are well protected.

Audit, training, and compliance is an area that often gets deferred until issues arise. Our specialist lawyers  work alongside the client’s case working team to understand their needs and then tailor a service which works for them, ensuring that this type of work remains a priority.

We assist organisations in putting effective systems and processes in place that comply with Home Office requirements and protect an organisation’s sponsor licence, thereby minimising reputational damage. We work with all sizes of businesses, from small start-ups to multinational corporations; in the education sector, we assist independent schools, English language schools, colleges and universities.

The Penningtons Manches Cooper team also offers bespoke audit and training services. We regularly assist organisations before and during UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) audits, offering best practice advice and providing practical steps on what changes need to be made. Our clients tell us that they value our  insights on what is happening on the ground within their sector.

We are actively involved in liaising with the Home Office on compliance issues, and have been commended by Home Office senior officials for our proactive approach to compliance.


We offer expert advice on:

  • immigration audit and health checks with full or summary report
  • reviews of individual areas of concern
  • checks of workflow systems and processes
  • right to work checks (prevention of illegal working)
  • record keeping and file reviews
  • what to expect and how to prepare for a UKVI audit
  • bespoke immigration training and support for HR staff/visa compliance team
  • sponsor licence training - how to meet your sponsor duties
  • onboarding/new hire immigration training
  • refresher immigration training and senior management training
  • immigration and employment updates
  • short practical bite size training sessions - e.g. right to work, SMS training, CAS issuing

Recent work highlights

Licence reinstated after compliance failure

We helped an organisation to rectify their mistakes in relation to their Skilled Worker licence. A new sponsor licence was successfully obtained, and the skilled workers moved across to the new licence, despite the licence lapsing for a considerable period.

Successfully led preparations for three-day UKVI audit

At very short notice, we were able to undertake a vital audit before a UKVI visit. We produced an action plan with the necessary steps to take before the UKVI visit and assisted the client in working through these.

Urgent right to work training delivered

Right to work training delivered days after new UKVI guidance was published to ensure ongoing compliance with prevention of illegal working guidelines.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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