Sponsor Licence Application Guide 2021


What is UK Visa Sponsorship?

As per the point-based immigration system of the UK, there are three main routes for non-UK citizens working in the country; they are as follows:

  • Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa

  • Intra-company Transfer Visa

  • Skilled Worker Visa (This Visa Replaced Tier 2 visa)

All these visa categories have to be sponsored by a licenced employer.

To employ workers under any of the listed visas, an employer will be required to apply to UKVI (UK Visas & Immigration), the Home Office division for UK immigration matters.

The sponsorship licence allows an organization to sponsor employees/workers in its business. For a UK work visa, no individual can be licenced as a “sponsor”.

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Sponsoring workers from 1st January 2021

The EU free movement rules have ended as per the new changes to the UK immigration rules. Now, all EU and non-EU nationals must be sponsored by a licenced employer.

The new points-based system for UK immigration holds an immigration route for workers having a job from a registered sponsor in a qualifying role. It has replaced the Tier 2 work visa, and now the new skilled worker route is applicable for:

  • Non-EU nationals who have applied for a UK work visa on or after 1st December 2020.

  • EU nationals who arrived in the United Kingdom later than 11 pm, 31st December 2020.

The new rules have made it even more challenging for employers to hire foreign workers in 2021. Major changes like lower skill and salary limits have been introduced to allow sponsorship for a wide range of jobs and a bigger number of workers in comparison to the outdated Tier 2 visa route.

Irish citizens are exempted from the new provisions, and they will not be required to get sponsored for working in the United Kingdom. EU nationals already residing in the UK on or before 31st December 2020 are required to get sponsored. To maintain their lawful stay, they will require registration under the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021.


Sponsorship regime by The Home Office

Being a licence holder, you will assume specific compliance responsibilities by exposing your firm/organization to Home Office scrutiny. The Home Office follows a sponsorship regime to avoid misuse of the UK immigration system and illegal working.

The sponsorship regime will ensure:

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