Complete expert legal support for all aspects of obtaining and maintaining a Sponsor Licence

  • You need a Tier 2 or Tier 5 sponsor licence to employ non- EU nationals, so they can apply for a visa to work in the UK.
  • There are strict rules involved with sponsor licences.
  • We will make sure you satisfy those rules when applying for and managing a sponsor licence, so you avoid the risk of licence suspension and civil penalties.

If you want to employ workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, your business must apply for a sponsor licence. A sponsor licence is valid for four years and will allow you to issue certificates of sponsorship (virtual permission to work) for non-EEA workers, so they can request a Tier 2 visa to enter and work in the UK , provided they meet the criteria for their intended roles.

Tier 2 is for skilled workers you want to employ permanently or at least long-term. There is also a Tier 5 visa for skilled workers you want to employ temporarily , for up to two years, depending on their role.

A sponsor licence is subject to strict regulations, both when you apply and afterwards, you’re issuing certificates of sponsorship. Breaching these rules can incur strict penalties that can result in you losing your licence and being fined.

We regularly deal with sponsor licences, so we have the knowledge and experience to fully explain what’s involved and make it easier for you. If you are thinking about employing non-EEA workers, we can discuss whether there are other alternatives that may be a better fit for your business.

If you want to proceed with applying for a sponsor licence, our advice can save you a great deal of time and help you avoid costly mistakes that could incur delays and hinder your application.

When we are certain everything is in order, we will help you with applying for a sponsor licence, managing your licence and helping ensure you avoid suspensions and civil penalties.

Our expert teams across our offices in London, Richmond, Southampton, Guildford, Lymington and Woking are ideally placed to offer specialist support on a local, national and international level.

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