SPONSOR LICENCE APPLICATIONS
As a business that wishes to employ skilled workers from outside the EU, you must first apply for a Sponsor Licence. Once you have successfully obtained a Sponsor Licence you are then able to offer a job to non-EEA nationals before they can apply to come to or switch into the Tier 2 or Tier 5 visa category. You will require a Sponsor Licence even if it is top employ workers for unpaid or charity work.
Requirements of a Sponsor Licence
In order to qualify for a Sponsor Licence, you will need to demonstrate that:
· You are a genuine business operating lawfully within the UK
· You can prove a skilled worker from outside the EEA or Switzerland is needed for the position
· You have a legitimate business or organisation and that you have a genuine need for the migrant worker(s) you intend to employ. The Home Office may validate this by visiting your company during your application.
· You can offer genuine employment that meets the Tier 2 skill level and appropriate rate of pay for the job(s) you are offering
· You are capable of carrying out your sponsorship duties
The exact requirements and documents you will require in support of your application will very depending on the type of organisation you are and the tiers under which you wish to sponsor the migrant worker.
UKVI will assess how effective your current human resources and recruitment systems are in order to make sure that you are able to fulfil your sponsor duties.
There are also increasing costs associated with obtaining a sponsor licence and it is important for the organisation to understand what costs are payable as part of your application.
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The Home Office Sponsor Licence application fees are as follows:
For small businesses & charities:
For medium & large businesses
To qualify as a small business, you must:
A Sponsor Licence number is a unique reference number or code which is issued to Sponsor Licence holders.
If you are a Tier 5 or Tier 2 employee, you can find your employer’s Sponsor Licence number on your Certificate of Sponsorship.
You need a Sponsor Licence before you can make a job offer to anyone from outside of the EEA.
To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:
You will need a Sponsor Licence if you want to employ anyone from outside of EEA or Switzerland who is working in the UK using:
Depending on which type of worker you wish to employ, you need to make a Sponsor Licence application which is relevant to them.
The Tier 2 Work Visa is also the required route for ministers of religion and elite sportspeople.
If you are intending on transferring an employee from a foreign office to the UK, you will also need a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence.
You do not need to apply for a Sponsorship Licence if you are intending to employ someone on a Tier 1 Visa, for example, an Exceptional Talent Visa.
Please note that Tier 3 Unskilled Worker Visas have been suspended. This means that you cannot apply for a Sponsor Licence for non-EEA nationals taking on unskilled roles.
If your application is successful, you will be awarded a licence rating by the Home Office and placed on the UK Sponsorship Licence register.
After this, you will be able to issue Certificates of Sponsorship to any non-EEA or Swiss nationals if you have jobs that are suitable for sponsorship.
Upon the date of issue, your licence will be valid for four years. If you do not adhere to your duties as a sponsor, you could face Sponsor Licence suspension, Sponsor Licence revocation, or the possibility of receiving a Civil Penalty from the Home Office.
There are number of reasons why the Home Office refuse Sponsor Licence applications and Sponsor Licence renewals each year. The most common reasons include:
Alexandra & Spencer have some of the best immigration lawyers in the UK who are happy to assist you through the process of making a Sponsor Licence application. We will:
At Alexandra & Spencer, we offer a tailor-made Sponsor Licence Application Package which encompasses these services. We also offer general Immigration Consultancy services, which are designed to assess and improve a UK company’s HR methods. With this, we provide an Immigration Audit, which allows our advisers to locate and resolve any issues or gaps in your records of sponsored employees. Contact us now by using our online form or calling 020 7887 1916 for more information.
Our highly professional, dedicated and knowledgeable specialists will do all the hard work to make the immigration process easy and understandable so you will be confident about successful outcome.