Renewing a Tier 5 or Tier 2 Sponsor Licence is a process which lets you to continue to hire and employ foreign workers in the same way that you are currently doing.
UKVI will usually set a deadline by which you need to apply for a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence renewal and they will be strict with this in most cases. This date can be found on the summary page of the Sponsor Management system (SMS) along with the date your Sponsor Licence officially expires.
Usually, you can apply to renew your Sponsorship Licence up to three months before your current licence expires. In some cases, the Home Office may invite you to apply for a renewal earlier than this, but this is up to their discretion. If this is the case, you will receive this in writing from UKVI.
To apply for a Sponsorship Licence renewal, you must submit a request through the SMS. The renewal fee varies depending on the size of your company. See the below FAQ for more information on this.
Before you submit your application, you should make sure that all the details provided in the SMS are correct. This includes making sure that the details for the SMS users (‘Authorising Officer’ and ‘Level 1/2 Users’) are correct. These roles can change during the time that you hold your Sponsor Licence, so it is important to make sure that they have been updated. You should also make sure that any new company sites have been added to the SMS and that all employee details are fully up-to-date. If any of this information is wrong or absent, you could risk having your renewal refused.
Once you have submitted your application and the appropriate fee to UKVI, you will receive a ‘submission sheet’ generated by the SMS. This should be completed signed and sent to the Sponsor Licensing Unit.