Sponsor Licence

If you are a UK based employer and are looking to recruit skilled workers from outside the union, then you need to apply for a Sponsor Licence.

UK based employers looking to recruit skilled workers from outside the UK including EU nationals from early 2021 must be registered and authorised by the Home Office. Our corporate team can help you make the necessary sponsor licence application. As part of our service we will advise you of the documents required for the application and complete your application.

The Home Office will look at whether the organisation is “honest, dependable and reliable”, and capable of meeting the responsibilities that it expects from sponsor licence holders.

As an approved employer you must have a human resource and recruitment systems in place to meet, or continue to meet their sponsor duties — the Home Office will judge this by either visiting the sponsor before or after the licence is granted.

That Home Office can visit and conduct checks to ensure that the sponsor duties are being complied with. The assessment is carried out at the employer’s premises and can be unannounced.

Whether you are a start-up or a multi- national organisation our team of experts can assist you with the complete application process.

The sponsor licence application is technical and it is important to ensure that you fully comply with the immigration rules and policies before making the application, if your application is refused there is no right of appeal. There is a six month cooling off period before you can make a new application. 

Do I need to amend my HR processes to gain a sponsor licence?
Open Do I need to amend my HR processes to gain a sponsor licence?

We can review your current HR system and advise you on the systems you must have in place to secure and maintain your sponsor licence. Once you secure a licence there is an ongoing duty to the Home Office which you must adhere to. Failing to do can result in the Home Office withdrawing your sponsorship status. We regularly provide in house compliance advice to ensure your business is and remains fully compliant.

Once I have the sponsor licence what do I need to do to employ someone?
Open Once I have the sponsor licence what do I need to do to employ someone?

Once an employer has approval from the Home Office it can formally start the process of recruiting skilled migrants from outside the UK. Our corporate team can assist you in making your application to reside in the UK as a sponsored worker. Whether you are making you initial application as a Tier 2 migrant or you extension/settlement application our expert team is at hand to guide you through the process.

Key Contacts

If you are looking for help and guidance or have a question relating to Sponsor Licence, please contact us today on +44 (0)20 7242 1666.