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Academies employing migrant teachers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are required by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) to ensure appropriate sponsorship arrangements for the duration of the individual’s employment. Most academies who employ non-EEA workers currently act as a sponsor in their own right; some have previously asked the Department to undertake this role on their behalf. From November 2012, when the Department’s current UKBA sponsorship licence expires, the Department will no longer act as the sponsor on behalf of any academies.
Accordingly, any academy wishing to employ new migrant teachers from now will need to apply to the UKBA to become a sponsor. In addition, if academies employing migrant teachers for which the Department currently acts as the sponsor wish to continue to employ these members of staff after November, they will need to have become a sponsor before the Department’s licence expires. Information on becoming a sponsor can be found on the UKBA website.
The Department will be writing to all academies in these circumstances with further advice on action they need to take to ensure the continuation of the sponsor role, which is required for the continued employment of existing migrant teachers.
Finally, the Department’s current subsidy for the costs of UKBA certificates of sponsorship in respect of school staff is ending. From April 2013 the Department will stop paying the relevant UKBA fees on behalf of academies, maintained schools and local authorities.
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