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If you are a UK employer and you want to employ someone from outside of the EEA or Switzerland, you will need to apply for a UK Sponsor Licence. This includes if you are intending to employ them for unpaid or charity work.
Before you make an application for a UK Sponsor Licence, you must first make sure that your business meets the eligibility requirements. You must then decide which company member will be managing the sponsorship. After this, you can proceed with your Sponsor Licence application, which can be made online or by post.
IAS can help you with each stage of your application for a Sponsor Licence. Our Sponsor Licence application package ensures that you are compliant with all Home Office expectations and that you have the correct records for all migrant personnel. This service will also ensure that you are prepared for the ‘genuine business’ test and your visit from the Home Office. Our services also include an Immigration Audit. This will identify and resolve any issues with your HR systems, records, and documents before the submission of your Sponsor Licence application. Contact us now for tailored assistance with your application for a Sponsorship Licence.
In order to be eligible for a Sponsor Licence you must meet the following criteria:
You will need to prove that 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 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.
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:
IAS 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 IAS, 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 for more information.
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