Apply For A Sponsor Licence – Detailed Guidance 2023
Apply for a sponsor licence so you can sponsor foreign workers or students to come and work or study in the UK. Deluxe Law Chambers, a leading immigration law firm, is here to shed light on the process to apply for a sponsor licence.
As experts in the field, we understand that securing a sponsor licence is a vital step for businesses and organisations looking to bring in skilled workers from abroad. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the steps involved and provide insights into the significance of a sponsor licence.
UK visa sponsorship for employers
A sponsor license is typically required if you want to hire a worker from outside the UK. Those who entered the UK after December 31, 2020, from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland are included in this category. This includes volunteer work such as managing a non-profit organisation.
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) may visit your business to check if it’s suitable.
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Importance of a sponsor licence
A sponsor licence is essentially permission granted by the UK government that allows businesses and organizations to hire skilled workers from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA). It is a crucial asset for companies seeking to fill specific job roles that cannot be filled by domestic talent alone.
A sponsor licence is not just a legal requirement; it’s a strategic move that empowers businesses to thrive in a globalized world. With the guidance of Deluxe Law Chambers, the journey to obtaining and maintaining a sponsor licence becomes smoother, enabling companies to access top-tier talent and contribute to the UK’s economic growth.
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Eligibility to get a sponsor licence
To be eligible for a sponsor licence, a business must meet certain criteria, including proving that the role they intend to fill is genuine and skilled, maintaining appropriate human resources practices, and demonstrating the ability to comply with immigration laws.
To get a licence as an employer, you cannot have:
- unspent criminal convictions for immigration offences or certain other crimes, such as fraud or money laundering
- had a sponsor licence revoked in the last 12 months
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will review your application form and supporting documents. They may visit your business to make sure you’re trustworthy and capable of carrying out your duties.
Types of Sponsor Licences
The licence you need depends on whether the workers you want to fill your jobs are:
- ‘Workers’ – for skilled or long-term employment
- ‘Temporary workers’ – for specific types of temporary employment
You can apply for a licence covering one or both types of workers.
A ‘Worker’ licence will let you sponsor people in different types of skilled employment. The skilled work can be for a short time, long-term or permanent depending on the worker’s visa.
The licence is split into:
- Skilled Worker – the role must meet the job suitability requirements
- Senior or Specialist Worker visa (Global Business Mobility) – for multinational companies which need to transfer established employees to the UK, previously the Intra-company Transfer visa
- Minister of Religion – for people coming to work for a religious organisation
- International Sportsperson – for elite sportspeople and coaches who will be based in the UK
Temporary Worker licence
A ‘Temporary Worker’ licence will let you sponsor people on a temporary basis, including for volunteering and job-shadowing. You can only get a Temporary Worker licence for specific types of employment and visas.
The licence is split into:
- Scale-up Worker – for people coming to work for a fast-growing UK business
- Creative Worker – to work in the creative industry, for example as an entertainer or artist (up to 2 years)
- Charity Worker – for unpaid workers at a charity (up to 1 year)
- Religious Worker – for those working in a religious order or organisation (2 years)
- Government Authorised Exchange – work experience (1 year), research projects or training, for example practical medical or scientific training (2 years) to enable a short-term exchange of knowledge
- International Agreement – where the worker is coming to do a job which is covered by international law, for example employees of overseas governments
- Graduate Trainee (Global Business Mobility) – for workers transferring to their employer’s UK branch as part of a graduate training programme
- Service Supplier (Global Business Mobility) – for workers with a contract to provide services for a UK company (6 or 12 months)
- UK Expansion Worker (Global Business Mobility) – for workers sent to the UK to set up a new branch or subsidiary of an overseas business
- Secondment Worker (Global Business Mobility) – for workers transferring from overseas to work for a different UK business as part of a high-value contract
- Seasonal Worker – allows people to come to the UK and work in horticulture (for example, picking fruit and vegetables) for up to 6 months, or poultry from 18 October to 31 December each year
If you’re currently sponsoring pork butchery workers who are on the Seasonal Worker visa, you can continue. New applications for pork butchery workers are closed and will not reopen.
Robust system for a sponsor licence application
Sponsors must undertake robust and comprehensive monitoring of all sponsored workers in their workplace, including ensuring that:
- their work environment is safe and complies with relevant Health and Safety
- they are treated fairly by their employer
- they will receive a salary that equals or exceeds £10.10 per hour
- they are allowed time off, and proper breaks
- they are provided with appropriate equipment to do their job safely
- they are housed in hygienic and safe accommodation
- they are not transported in unsafe vehicles
- they are not threatened with, or subjected to, violence
- their passport is not withheld from them
- procedures are in place to enable workers to report any concerns to the
sponsor, and to enable them to move to another employer where possible
Our team can help you set up a compliance system that helps you to get a sponsor licence.
You need to pay a fee when you apply. The fee depends on the type of licence you’re applying for and what type of organisation you are.
|Type of licence||Fee for small or charitable sponsors||Fee for medium or large sponsors|
|Worker and Temporary Worker||£536||£ 1,476|
|Add a Worker licence to an existing Temporary Worker licence||No fee||£940|
|Add a Temporary Worker licence to an existing Worker licence||No fee||No fee|
How to tell if you’re a small or charitable sponsor
You’re usually a small sponsor if at least 2 of the following apply:
- your annual turnover is £10.2 million or less
- your total assets are worth £5.1 million or less
- you have 50 employees or fewer
How can we help with your skilled worker sponsor licence application?
We understand that efficiency, both in terms of money and workforce is important to any successful business. At Deluxe Law Chambers, our commercial awareness and experience in dealing with sponsor licence applications sets us apart from other immigration law firms.
We understand what needs to be done to secure a Sponsor Licence allowing you to do what you do best, run your business to ensure it is profitable. We take the stress away from applying for a Sponsor Licence which can be complex in nature giving you confidence of a successful outcome.
- We conduct a review of your organisation and HR structure.
- We advise you on the required documents to apply for a sponsor licence application.
- Our legal team advise you on skilled worker sponsor licence requirements.
- We can find out the priority slot for your sponsor licence application.
- We work with you to build a robust system for your organisation to comply with the Home Office requirements.
- We prepare your application form.
- We advise you about your duties and responsibilities as a sponsor licence holder.
- We maintain a high reputation for being understanding, tenacious, and flexible in dealing with our clients to ensure the best result possible.