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Sponsor Licence Renewal
If you have any sponsored migrants working for you, you must renew your licence before it expires if you want them to continue working for you, even if you do not plan to sponsor any new migrants. It is imperative that the renewal application process is completed correctly to avoid adverse repercussions on either your sponsor licence or the sponsored migrants which your business employs. Integral to this is ensuring that you are compliant with any Home Office sponsorship requirements including any that have been introduced since your first licence approval.
Sponsor licences are granted for an initial period of four years. Therefore, should you wish to continue to employ migrant workers after this initial period, you must make a successful application to renew your sponsor licence.
If you have any sponsored migrants working for you, you must renew your licence before it expires if you want them to continue working for you, even if you do not plan to sponsor any new migrants.
If you do not apply to renew your licence by the licence end date and it expires, you will no longer be a licensed sponsor from the date that it expired. This means that:
- your company will be removed from the ‘Register of licensed sponsors’
- the Home Office will curtail (shorten) the Tier 2 or Tier 5 leave of any migrants you are sponsoring, normally to 60 calendar days
- you cannot assign any more Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) to any more non-EEA nationals to work with your company in the UK
Sponsor Licence Renewal: Process
The Home Office will write to you 120 calendar days before the expiry of your licence to confirm your licence expiry date and tell you that you will soon need to apply to renew it. The Home Office will write to you again 90 calendar days before the expiry of your licence to remind you to renew your licence.
More reminders to renew your licence will be sent by the Home Office:
- 60 calendar days before it is due to expire
- 30 calendar days before it is due to expire
- 14 calendar days before it is due to expire
You must apply to renew your licence using your Sponsorship Management System (SMS) account. You will be able to make your renewal application from 90 days before the expiry date of your licence.
The application to renew your sponsor licence must be submitted online by the Authorising Officer and prior to the renewal application, all of the Key Personnel, organisation and sponsored migrant details as recorded on your licence must be up to date. You must also ensure that you are compliant with any requirements that have been introduced since your first licence approval.
If your application is accepted, the Home Office will temporarily extend the expiry date of your licence to allow time to conduct any checks deemed necessary before deciding your application.
The checks could include asking you to send documents. The Home Office may want to see any documents listed in Appendix A of the guidance for sponsors as mandatory documents for anyone applying for a new sponsor licence. The Home Office may also ask for other information or documents not listed in Appendix A. If the Home Office write to you to ask for any information or documents, you must send them within 5 working days.
If you do not send the documents within this time, the Home Office will take action against you. This can include:
- reducing or removing your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) allocation
- downgrading your licence to a B-rating
- suspending your licence pending further investigation
- revoking your licence
The Home Office may visit you when you apply to renew your licence. If you are an A-rated sponsor at the time you apply and, on our visit, the Home Office have concerns about any of your actions as sponsor, the Home Office will either:
- grant your application to renew your licence but downgrade it to a B-rating
- revoke your licence
How We Can Help
We recommend that you renew your licence early, or at least one month before the expiry date. If you apply in good time, you will have the chance to apply again if your application is rejected.
Osbourne Pinner can work with you to ensure that you are compliant with any requirements that have been introduced since your first licence approval and to ensure that all of the Key Personnel, organisation and sponsored migrant details as recorded on your licence is up to date prior to the renewal application being submitted.
Further, if you are looking to renew a sponsor licence, the Home Office may visit your business premises to make sure that your business is complying with its sponsorship duties.
Osbourne Pinner can undertake a pre-emptive audit at your business premises prior to any renewal application being submitted to order to ensure that you are undertaking the fulfilment of all of your sponsorship duties and to avoid any adverse action being taken against your sponsor licence.
Why Choose Our Services
- We have an exceptionally high approval rate on sponsor licence renewal applications which we have submitted to the Home Office and over 15 years of experience in managing renewal sponsor licence applications for a wide range of multinational corporations (MNC’s) and small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s).
- Many applicants face difficulties in understanding the application process and the compliance requirements prior to renewal. We provide a highly personalised service and our experienced Immigration Solicitors can ‘hand-hold’ clients through the application process providing detailed guidance and support.
- At Osbourne Pinner, we provide unsurpassed immigration legal services in an exceptionally professional and efficient manner.
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