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Sponsor Licence Application For Nigerians

Nigerians who want to employ foreign employees in the UK must register their company there and get a Sponsor Licence before they can do that. Please note that if you want to emigrate to the UK as an entrepreneur, you are to use the Innovator Founder visa for yourself.

This procedure may be both time-consuming and perplexing. However, with the aid of specialists at IAS, Sponsor Licence applications for Nigerians can become hassle-free. For detailed guidance, please contact us through our online chat feature. Alternatively, you call us on +23413438882 or our UK office on +44 (0) 3316300929.

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    Benefits of Choosing IAS for Your Sponsor Licence Needs

    Our dedicated UK corporate immigration lawyers deliver our services through a comprehensive and personalised approach suited to fit each business client that we work with.

    We can assist you in getting a UK Sponsor Licence, generating a certificate of sponsorship, and applying for a work visa for your employee. Whether this is your first application, your initial application was refused, or you were found to not be compliant in the past, we can help.

    With a successful track record, IAS eases the process for you so you can focus on other parts of your business. Here are more things you enjoy by working with us:

    Our lawyers will assess your Sponsor Licence case 1-1 to understand its unique aspects.

    We provide customised guidance for Sponsor Licence applications to increase chances of approval.

    We assist with maintaining compliance with the UK government’s rules for employing overseas workers.

    Our team offers detailed assistance in making any critical changes to the sponsor management system.

    Regardless of what your business immigration query might be, IAS is here to help and support you. Call us or enquire online to learn more about how we can help you.

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    Overview of the Sponsor Licence UK

    Nigerian entrepreneurs who wish to set up their businesses in the UK or expand their current business in the country require a sponsor licence that will allow them to operate their business in the country and hire other skilled individuals from Nigeria and other countries.

    An enterprise may sponsor employees for its business with the consent of the sponsorship licence. ‘Sponsors’ with a licence must be organisations; individuals are not permitted.

    The Home Office relies on the sponsoring regime to prevent illegal employment and misuse of the immigration system.

    What is the Purpose of a Sponsor Licence?

    As a holder of a sponsor licence, you can sponsor foreign employees to come to work for your company in the UK.

    When you have a sponsor licence, you agree to assume certain compliance responsibilities and to allow the Home Office to inspect your business.

    The main goal of the sponsoring regimen is to make sure that the:

    • Positions being sponsored satisfy the standards for skill level, pay, and sincerity
    • Individuals who are sponsored are qualified, skilled, and have the required English language competency
    • Sponsors are fulfilling the criteria set by the UK government related to hiring migrants from other countries.

    Types of Sponsor Licences in the UK

    Nigerian business owners and entrepreneurs have the option of applying for either:

    • A sponsor licence specifically for workers, or
    • A sponsor licence for temporary workers

    Individuals that get a sponsor licence for workers can live and work for over a year in the UK under the Skilled Worker Visa route or opt for the Self-Sponsorship route as applicants will be able to sponsor themselves to the UK through this route. Alternatively, they may also be eligible to apply for the Senior or Specialist Worker visa (formerly known as the Intra-company Transfer visa), International Sportsperson, and Minister of Religion.

    On the other hand, individuals who get a sponsor licence for temporary workers can only live and work in the UK for a specific or pre-determined duration, usually ranging between 6 to 12 months.

    How Can Nigerians Get Sponsor Licence in the UK?


    In order to get a sponsor licence in the UK, all applicants must have a business that is registered in the Sponsor Licence Register with the Home Office, which consists of a list of approximately 75,000 organisations, businesses, and companies that have permission from the UK government to hire foreign workers. There are two possible pathways for Nigerians to recruit and bring workforce for their companies in the UK, which include:

    • The Skilled Worker Visa route
    • The Senior or Specialist Worker visa (this has replaced the Intra-company Transfer visa)

    If you want to hire skilled employees from Nigeria or other countries to work in your company, you must:

    • Take permission from the Home Office to recruit workers from outside of the UK
    • Prove to the Home office that your business is reliable
    • Ensure that your business is able to meet responsibilities as a Sponsor Licence Holder
    • Prove that your company has adequate systems and processes to be able to provide fare for migrant workers.

    What is the Role of an Authorising Officer?

    Every Company in the UK has an Authorising Officer whose job is to overlook the following areas related to the recruitment of employees in the business:

    • Maintaining documentation
    • Ensuring compliance of migrants
    • Reporting any problem to the Home office in due time so they can take relevant action if needed

    Fulfilling the above-mentioned criteria makes an organisation a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Holder, enabling it to grant a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to potential applicants that can help them in coming to the UK from Nigeria.

    What Information Must Nigerian Entrepreneurs Provide to the Home Office to Get a Sponsor Licence?

    In order to get a Sponsor Licence, Nigerian Entrepreneurs must provide the following information to the Home Office:

    • They must provide detailed information about the nature of the business
    • The running of the business in the UK, in terms of its accounts, etc
    • The directors of the business
    • A clean immigration and criminal background.

    If you want to register your business in the UK and employ skilled Nigerian workers, we’re here to make the process easier.

    Where to apply for a UK Sponsor Licence?

    The application for the UK Sponsor Licence has been made completely online in an attempt to make the entire process seamless and quick. All registered companies can apply for the Sponsor Licence on their own.

    The general time taken by the Home Office to process applications for the UK Sponsor Visa is around 6 to 8 weeks. However, companies may also request priority processing by paying a nominal extra fee for getting a Sponsor Licence in as little as five working days.

    Eligibility Criteria for Sponsor Licence UK

    If an organisation meets the eligibility and appropriateness requirements set by the Home Office for the particular category or tier that they are asking for, there are no constraints on the size or kind of Company that can obtain a sponsorship licence. An application will be rejected if the eligibility or appropriateness requirements are not met.

    1. The Company is legitimate and conducting business or functioning legally in the UK.
    2. The organisation’s headquarters must be in the UK.
    3. The employer is presenting a legitimate vacancy that can be filled by a qualified foreign worker.
    4. The Company’s HR and hiring systems are well-maintained.
    5. There is no question about the organisation’s criminal or immigration past.

    Minimum Income Requirement for Sponsor Licence UK

    In order to become a Sponsor Licence Holder in the UK so that you can sponsor skilled Nigerian workers for your organisation, you must fulfil minimum income criteria.

    If you are a small sponsor, then you must fulfil at least two conditions of the following criteria:

    • You have £10.2 million or less in yearly revenue
    • Your overall assets are worth no more than £5.1 million
    • You plan to employ no more than 50 people

    Organisations that earn more than £10.2 million, have assets with a total worth that is greater than £5.1 million, or have the potential to employ more than 50 people are considered either medium sponsors or large sponsors.

    Genuine Vacancy Test for Sponsor Licence UK

    If you plan to hire employees for your business in the UK, then you must apply for a sponsor licence, and in order to get the sponsor licence, you must convince the Home Office that you can offer genuine employment that satisfies the salary and skill-level requirements. This is referred to as the Genuine Vacancy Test.

    A genuine vacancy is defined as a job position that:

    • requires the employee to carry out the precise tasks and obligations of the position and satisfies all criteria of the pertinent route;
    • excludes duties that are different or primarily involve less skilled work;
    • is suitable for the firm given its scale, business strategy, and business plan
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    Cost of Sponsor Licence

    For smaller sponsors or charitable organisations, the latest application fee for a sponsored permit is £536, while it costs $1,476 for medium and large sponsors. However, if you select urgent processing of your application, there is an additional charge of £500.

    Understanding Certificate of Sponsorship For UK Visas


    A Certificate of Sponsorship (Cos) is an electronic document that is provided to the potential employee by the employer (i.e. the Sponsor Licence Holder). Each CoS comes with a unique reference number, and this e-document is a necessary prerequisite for visa applications under the T5, ICT, and skilled worker categories.

    The sponsor certifies to the Home Office that the proposed job circumstances meet the criteria for the applicable visa route by giving a CoS to the individual. Through this method, employers can recruit skilled individuals from across the globe, including Nigeria.

    Who Needs a COS When Applying for a UK Visa?

    The temporary sponsored work visa categories, comprising the skilled worker, T5, and ICT visas, need applicants to submit a CoS in order to be granted permission to enter or remain in the UK. On the other hand, candidates for Tier 5 Youth Mobility do not require a CoS.

    Different Types of Certificates of Sponsorship

    There are two main types of CoS offered in the UK, which are described briefly as follows:

    1. Defined CoS – These are issued to foreign employees that have applied for the Skilled Worker Visa.
    2. Undefined CoS – These are issued to foreign employees that are already residing in the UK.

    Document requirements for Nigerian entrepreneurs seeking a UK Self-Sponsorship Visa

    • A valid passport
    • Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
    • Letter of Support from a UK-based Company
    • Academic credentials
    • Recent bank Statements
    • Proof of English language proficiency (IELTS /TOEFL)
    • TB Test

    For more information related to the Self-Sponsorship Visa pathways for Nigerians, please contact our visa experts at IAS. You can contact us by leaving a message on the website or via the online chat. Alternatively, you can also speak with one of our representatives on +23413438882 or call our UK office on +44 (0) 3316300929.

    With the help of experts in the field, getting a Sponsor Licence can become a breeze

    How Can IAS Help?

    Nigerian citizens often have a lot of queries and doubts when they are trying to migrate from Nigeria to other countries in search of a better job and standard of living. Immigration Advice Service is on a mission to make the process of migration to the UK easy and quick for Nigerians by providing them with detailed guidance related to each possible pathway of migration to the UK.

    One of the ways for Nigerian businessmen is to register their companies in the UK to expand them globally. This will give them an opportunity to hire more Nigerians through sponsorship. However, they must first apply for a Sponsor Licence, which can be a time-consuming and confusing process.

    With the help of experts in the field, getting a Sponsor Licence can become a breeze. Immigration Advice Service (IAS) has a team of qualified and knowledgeable legal advisors that have extensive knowledge related to the Sponsor Licence application and the potential problems Nigerian immigrants, entrepreneurs, and skilled workers experience when relocating from Nigeria to the UK.

    If you need our expert advice, please contact us via the online chat option or call us directly +23413438882. Alternatively, you can also call our UK office on +44 (0) 3316300929.

    We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at our Lagos office, all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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    A CoS can be assigned to a skilled worker or an ICT employee for £199, with the exception of the international sportsperson pathway.

    On the other hand, a Certificate of Sponsorship for temporary workers costs around £21.

    If all prerequisites are met, it shouldn’t take more than one or two working days to issue a CoS.

    All Nigerian visitors must possess a valid and appropriate UK visa to enter the country, and they must have a clear Tuberculosis test report and proof of English language proficiency (IELTS /TOEFL).

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