Making sure you are successful when applying for a Sponsor Licence

  • There are several conditions you must meet before applying for a sponsor licence.
  • Your application and the supporting documents must be correct, and you must also have the necessary process in place.
  • UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will carry out detailed checks, including unannounced visits to your business, to make sure you meet all the requirements.
  • We will support you throughout the application process to make sure you are fully compliant your application is in order.

As with many aspects of UK immigration law, applying for a sponsor licence can be very involved and is subject to stringent checks. You may need to show that you are:

  • A UK company with a genuine trading presence in the UK
  • Have the right permissions (e.g. Local Planning Authority consent) for the business you operate at your premises
  • Are registered with HMRC
  • Have a company bank account and employer’s liability insurance.
  • Are able to prove you can comply with your duties and responsibilities as a sponsor (such as monitoring your sponsored employees).

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will check your application form and supporting documents. To satisfy themselves that you meet the criteria, UKVI officials can visit any of your UK offices or branches, at any time, and they may arrive unannounced. They will want to be sure you are ‘honest, dependable and reliable’, so a visit is particularly likely if you have only recently started trading in the UK. Consequently, it’s wise to be thoroughly prepared for a visit and ensure everything is in order.

Once you have decided to apply for a sponsor licence, we will:

  • Advise you on how to apply for certificates of sponsorship so you can employ workers from outside the EU.
  • Make sure you have the right supporting documents, and that your application is completed correctly and accompanied by the appropriate fee.
  • Tell you if you need to advertise the job, to meet the resident labour market test. This is to make sure there are no suitable workers for the job, already living permanently in the UK.
  • Adapt your HR processes to make sure you are compliant with Home Office requirements.
  • Conduct mock audits to help you implement systems for keeping correct records, comply with the strict reporting duties required under a sponsor licence, and implement or refine your processes and procedures so they are in line with immigration law and policy.

We have an excellent track record for supporting our clients’ sponsor licence applications, and you can trust us to help make the process quicker and simpler.

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