Sponsor Licence (formerly Tier 2 Sponsor licence) UK Guide (2021)

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WHAT IS A SPONSOR LICENCE?

If you are a business that is looking to hire a worker from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) you must apply for a Sponsor Licence. This equally applies to small businesses and charities.

This is a complex process and you will be required to provide specified evidence as designated by the Home Office. You must demonstrate to the Home Office that you have an organised and efficient HR systems in place to attain the fulfilment of your sponsorship duties once you have acquired the sponsor licence.

There are certain employer Sponsor Licence requirements you must meet before you can make an application. Before you can make a Tier 5 or Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence application, you must decide which company member(s) will be representing the company. Any members who represent you must be an executive/senior member of the company. As part of the application process, you will be required to prove that you are a legitimate business which needs the use of migrant talent. This is called the ‘genuine business test’. Once this has been arranged, you can apply for a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence. In most cases, you will need to demonstrate that your company is genuinely trading and that there is a genuine vacancy for the non-EEA migrant, which cannot be filled by a settled worker in the UK.

All sponsors have to be fully aware of their immigration duties and have processes and systems in place to both meet these requirements and to maintain records as evidence of their compliance. 

  • What is a sponsor licence?

  • How are decisions on sponsor licences made?

  • How long does a UK company need to be trading to apply for a sponsor licence?

  • Who is responsible for maintaining a sponsor licence?

  • How long is a sponsor licence valid for?

  • What happens if a business misses a renewal date?

  • Does a company need to advertise a position in the UK or EU before hiring foreign worker?

  • Does a company need to advertise a position in the UK or EU before hiring foreign worker?

Upcoming changes to sponsor licences

From 1st January 2021, the UK’s post-Brexit immigration system will come into place, potentially affecting hundreds of workers across the nation. Under the changes, workers who are from the current European Economic Area will also need to secure a visa to remain working and living in the UK. As such, it’s crucial that businesses assess their current workforce and identify whether they will need to acquire a sponsor licence.

If your business does need to obtain a Tier 2 sponsor licence, then you will need to check their eligibility. Check if they meet the following criteria:

With Tier 2 sponsor licences taking between three to five weeks to be considered, and a potential for applications to be refused, it’s essential to start preparing your application as soon as possible.

Your dedicated immigration solicitor will be able to help you in creating your application, as well as gather all of the supporting evidence required, ensuring the process of approval is smooth and straightforward.

Arrange a consultation

If your business is looking to obtain a sponsor licence, Osbourne Pinner is available to provide sponsor guidance for Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 visas. With over 18 years of first-hand experience in securing sponsorship licences and managing compliance, our team of solicitors are here to help you sail through every step in hiring and retaining your ideal candidate.

Whether you’d prefer to call us, meet us in person or arrange a video call, please do not hesitate to get in touch for a free, no-obligation initial chat. Our seasoned and dedicated London-based immigration solicitors are here to help.

Contact us on 0203 980 9348 or info@osbournepinner.com today to discuss your application with one of our solicitors.

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    Brochure of Sponsor Licence Application

    A sponsor licence allows UK-based companies to employ overseas workers within the UK. After approval, the licence is valid for a period of 4 years with the option for renewal.

    Eligibility criteria for a Sponsor Licence are that your organisation has a presence in the UK and should be operating or trading lawfully. If you have more than one UK branch, you have two choices: either you can apply for one licence that covers all your linked UK entities or apply for individual licences for each branch, depending on your situation.

    While applying for a sponsorship licence, the organisation needs to accept certain duties to ensure the prevention of illegal working.

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    A sponsor licence allows UK-based companies to employ overseas workers within the UK. After approval, the licence is valid for a period of 4 years with the option for renewal.