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The Sponsorship Management System (SMS) is an online function which allows Sponsor Licence holders to do several things.
The first of these is that it allows them to keep up-to-date records of all their migrant employees. This is important, as the Home Office will often perform unexpected audits of your HR practices, even after your Sponsor Licence has been issued.
You will also need to use the Sponsor Management System to apply for and assign all Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS). These are issued to prospective overseas employees, once you have made them a job offer. Without a CoS, your employee cannot apply for a work visa. This means that they will be unable to enter the UK to take on a position at your company.
We are a team of specialist corporate immigration lawyers. We are experienced in offering consultations to businesses who are hiring foreign workers. We can assist you with using the Sponsorship Management System. We can also ensure your HR practices are functioning properly from a legal perspective to avoid issues with the Home Office.
Or, see our FAQs below.
Anyone who has access to the Sponsor Management System is called a user. There are two types of SMS user: level 1 and level 2.
A level 1 user is responsible for any day-to-day management tasks, such as assigning CoS or updating records.
You as an organisation can choose to assign a level 2 user. A level 2 user has a more restricted access to the SMS. They can view records and the status of CoS, but then cannot make changes such as creating new CoS for new employees.
There are two other roles which need to be filled when using the SMS. These are:
All members who take on these roles must not be be:
They must be:
When your Sponsor Licence is approved, you will be issued with a user ID. This will be sent to you from UKVI, a branch of the Home Office.
When you have this, you can use this to log in to the SMS. You can do this through the Gov.com site. Once you have logged in, you can make observe and make changes to your employment records. Your access will depend on whether you are a level 1 or level 2 user.
You can use the SMS to complete a number of different tasks.
Our expert immigration lawyers can help if you use the Sponsor Licence Management System. We have a range of business immigration services to review your company’s operations and bring them up to Home Office standards.
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