A sponsor licence allows businesses to recruit non-EEA nationals. A migrant who wants to apply for a Tier 2 or Tier 5 visa, or extend their current visa, must be sponsored, and issued with a certificate of sponsorship, by an organisation that holds a sponsorship licence. An employer has a legal obligation to ensure all their employees have the right to work in the UK. Therefore, if they want to hire a non-EEA national, they must hold a sponsorship licence.
When an organisation applies for a sponsorship licence the Home Office will need to establish the following in order to grant the licence:
Applications for a sponsorship licence must be made using the online application form. A legal representative can help prepare the application, but it must be an employee of the organisation who submits the application. Applicants will be asked to choose which tier, categories and subcategories of visas they want to be licenced to sponsor. Applicants must print off and sign a submission sheet which must be sent with the necessary supporting evidence via post within 5 working days of the date of the application.
Licence applications may be rejected, refused or granted with an A-Rating. A sponsor licence is valid for 4 years, after which it will expire. However, the Home Office may revoke it at any time if the sponsor obligations have not been met. If an application for a licence is granted, then the employer will be able to assign certificates of sponsorship to migrants they want to work for them.
The Home Office aim to decide on all applications within 8 weeks, however, they may want to visit an applicant’s business to ensure they can meet their sponsor obligations. The visits may be with or without notice.
Sponsorship licence applications costs are based on the size of the applying company and the type(s) of visa they want to sponsor. A business whose annual turnover is £10.2 million or less and has 50 employees or fewer is considered a small business. The fee for small businesses or charities would be £536 and for medium or large business the application fee would be £1,476.
We offer bespoke tailor-made solutions for our clients including:
Our specialist entry clearance service is designed to make the process as simple as possible for you. We will take your instructions using Skye, Viber, WeChat or telephone; liaise with your sponsor (if necessary); send you detailed advice specifying exactly what documents you will need to provide; prepare your application; apply online; pay the fee; make your biometric appointment; and check your visa once issued.
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