If you are an employee under a Tier 2 or Tier 5 Visa, your company experiencing a Sponsor Licence suspension may not affect you immediately. Sponsored workers are still allowed to work until a decision is made.

Should the Home Office not see any progress between visits, your employer could receive a Sponsor Licence revocation. Once a Tier 2 Licence is revoked, migrant workers will have 60 days to find a new sponsor or risk being asked to leave.

How can IAS help?

Our team of expert lawyers can advise you on how to support your company and protect your work status. We will also be able to help you find a new sponsor should your business’ licence be revoked. Your lawyer will manage every aspect of your application to give you the best chance of success. Get in touch on 0333 363 8577 or make an enquiry online today for advice if you are concerned about your future in the UK.

Please see our FAQs below for more information.


What should I do if my employer has had a Sponsor Licence suspension?

A Sponsor Licence suspension will not necessarily mean that you will have to leave the country. Sponsors with a suspended licence can still employ any workers already in the UK, including those who have a start date but have not yet started.

If you have applied to extend your Tier 2 Visa, this application will be put on hold until the suspension is over.

Why was the Sponsor Licence suspended?

There are a number of reasons why your employer might have had their Tier 2 Sponsor Licence suspended. These could include improper record keeping or discrepancies in the data.

They may need to confirm that their records of your employment are accurate and up-to-date. They will need information on all your absences and any changes in your job role, such as a promotion.

The issue could be related to your actual job role and duties not being related to the information on your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). In this case, you may have to adjust your assigned responsibilities to continue working for the company.

What will happen to me after the Sponsor Licence suspension?

Although you will be able to continue to work, your employer will have to thoroughly review its business practices.

The Home Office will revisit to review any changes the business has made to its functions to ensure progress has been made. If the company has made enough progress and have followed the action plan laid down by the government, the suspension will be lifted. This will mean that you can continue to work as normal. If you have applied for an extension, this will now be processed.

If no progress has been made, the Sponsor Licence may be revoked.

If your employer experiences a Sponsor Licence revocation, this will directly affect your right to be in the country. Your Certificate of Sponsorship will be invalid and you will no longer be able to carry on with your job.

In the event of this, you will need to find a new sponsor within 60 days or you will have to leave the UK.

What will happen to my dependents after a Sponsor Licence suspension?

If you have dependents on your Tier 2 Visa who are also working, they can continue to do so while the suspension is being processed.

In the event of a Sponsor Licence revocation, your family members will also have to reapply as dependents. This application can be made from within the UK so your relatives will not have to leave immediately if you lose the right to work.

What services does IAS offer?

We understand that a Sponsor Licence suspension can fill you with a lot of doubt and stress. Our team of immigration lawyers are experts in resolving corporate issues. Should your leave to remain be at risk, with our service you can be sure of what to do next.

We offer comprehensive advice sessions to find out your options if you are concerned about your status in the country.

If you need to make a new application, your lawyer will:

  • Complete all application forms for you and your dependents should you need to apply for a Tier 2 Visa again.
  • Write a Letter of Representation. This is a personalized letter that provides the details and merits of your case for the Home Office to easily navigate your application.
  • Perform a full document check to ensure that you have the right evidence for your application.
  • Maintain contact with the Home Office throughout your application.

For more information about how to secure your status in the UK during your employer’s Sponsor Licence suspension, contact us on 0333 363 8577 today or make an enquiry online.

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