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COVID-19 Advice for Sponsors: Furloughed sponsored employees


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Under the Home Office’s recently published guidelines for advice to Sponsors amidst the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, Sponsors can place their sponsored employees on Furlough.

What if the Sponsor had to reduce their salary?

If the sponsored employee’s salary had to be temporarily reduced to 80% of their salary or £2,500 per month, whichever is the lower amount, then, the purpose of the reduction must be part of the company policy for the business to cope with the coronavirus COVID-19 situation and to avoid redundancies.

Additionally, the measures must be temporary and under the policy where all the workers are treated equally.

Please kindly note that the sponsored employee’s salary must return to its initial amount once the Furlough arrangements have concluded for their immigration status to be not affected.

To read more, please see our article on the new published Home Office guidance via this link:

Should you have any questions about sponsoring migrant workers and how the coronavirus will affect your migrant workers, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team of immigration solicitors at or call us at 020 7487 8370. You can access more information about us via


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