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UK residency visa issue causes problems for QPR

24 June 2015

The Home Office have suspended QPR’s licence to sponsor non-EEA players, until an investigation into their Brazilian midfielder, Sandro, has concluded.

When Sandro moved to QPR in September 2014, it appears that he did not have the correct work permit to enable him to play for them for the 2014/15 season.

QPR have been given until 9 July 2015 to make representations to the Home Office on why the suspension should be lifted. In a worst case scenario, the Home Office could decide to revoke QPR’s licence altogether which would have disastrous consequences as it would mean that QPR will no longer be able to sponsor non-EEA players or workers.

The Home Office continually monitor employers’ compliance with immigration rules and regulations – it appears this is more so now than ever. Sports clubs must therefore ensure that they have appropriate systems in place to monitor compliance, otherwise they risk losing their privilege to sponsor players.

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