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Under Tier 2 a skilled worker can apply to enter or remain in the UK if they have a job offer here from a licensed sponsor with a valid Certificate of Sponsorship. They must also pass the points-based assessment. There are four categories of skilled worker under Tier 2 of the points-based system:
Under Tier 5 a temporary worker can apply to enter the UK for a short time if, in the majority of cases, they have a job offer from a licensed sponsor and pass the points-based assessment. There are five categories of temporary worker under Tier 5 of the points-based system available for sponsorship (note the youth mobility scheme is not an employment route):
There are a number of responsibilities if you opt to become a UK sponsor:
Once you have successfully applied for your licence you will be added to the published register of sponsors held by the UK Border Agency and you can issue a Certificate of Sponsorship to any prospective employees. This is not a physical document but a unique reference number recording details of the employee and the position they hold which will allow them to make their Tier 2 application. Your licence will be valid for four years before it needs to be renewed.
If you are an education provider in the UK you can sponsor a foreign student to undertake a long course of study by obtaining a sponsor licence. The student must apply under Tier 4 of the points-based system. You do not need to sponsor a student on a short course of study as they can come to the UK as a student or child visitor (if under 18). Read more about Visitors Visas.
As from February 2013 eligible UK higher education institutions can become endorsing bodies to support Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) applications, although this subject to an annual limit (2,000 applications for 2013-2014).
Read more about High-Value Migrant Tier 1 Visas.
Sponsor licensing can be a complex process.
Here at IAS we can assist with all applications for sponsor licensing, sponsor registration, Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visas.
Our services include:
Comprehensive Sponsor Licence advice tailored to your company's requirements with written confirmation
Designed to make your Sponsor Licence application as successful, smooth and stress-free as possible
Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline
Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any hearings/tribunals
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