We have been very successful in assisting many businesses with skilled worker sponsor licence. Therefore, we understand the requirements to apply for a skilled worker sponsor licence.

A sponsor licence / Tier 2 Sponsor Licence is required by any UK employer planning to employ workers from overseas.

Contact our immigration lawyers for a free telephone consultation on 01614644140 or complete our enquiry form to discuss your sponsor licence application.

skilled worker Sponsor licence requirements

To be eligible for a skilled worker sponsor licence application, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Your business must be genuine, operating, and trading lawfully in the UK
  • You have not breached any immigration laws
  • Have key personnel who can act as an authorising officer
  • Have an adequate Robust system in place that allows you to carry out your duties as a licenced sponsor efficiently on an ongoing basis

Documents required for a skilled worker sponsor licence application

  • Latest audited annual accounts (if applicable).
  • Employer’s liability insurance certificate.
  • Certificate of VAT registration (if applicable).
  • Latest corporate bank account statement.
  • HMRC registration evidence, such as including PAYE number and accounts office reference number.
  • Business Lease.
  • Any business regulatory documents (if applicable).

What are my sponsor duties?

  • reporting duties
  • record-keeping duties
  • complying with our immigration laws, including all parts of the Worker
    and Temporary Worker sponsor guidance
  • complying with wider UK law
  • not engaging in behaviour or actions that are not conducive to the public

These are described in more detail below. If you fail to comply with your sponsor duties, we may take action against you. This can include any of the following sanctions:

  • reducing your CoS allocation or setting it to zero
  • downgrading your licence rating
  • suspending your licence while we investigate further
  • revoking your licence
  • reporting you to the police or other relevant authorities

How long does it take to get a sponsor licence?

It can take up to 8 weeks for the skilled worker sponsor licence application to be processed.

The advantages of a sponsor licence

Once an organisation acquires a sponsor licence, they will need to register with the Home Office as a sponsor and can begin to issue Certificates of sponsorships (CoS) to skilled foreign migrants, subject to meeting the requirements.

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