Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a Sponsor Licence

For organisations and businesses in the UK wishing to employ workers from outside the EEA and Switzerland, applying for a sponsor licence is critical. With this licence, employers are allowed to sponsor skilled workers under the points-based immigration system in the UK.

But before getting started on your application for sponsor licence, you must make sure your company meets the criteria set by UKVI. This would include having a legitimate organisation or business registered in the United Kingdom and offering genuine employment opportunities.

To help you navigate the process, here’s a step-by-step guide:

  • Ensure your business or organisation is eligible to apply for a sponsor licence. If you need to check your eligibility, Sponsor Licence Specialists can assist.
  • Select the correct type of licence according to the categories of workers you wish to sponsor. The primary types of sponsor licences are Tier 5 (temporary worker), Tier 2 (general licence for skilled workers) and Tier 4 (general licence for students).
  • Ensure you have all the necessary documents required to complete the sponsor licence application. This would include the legal entity of your organisation, employer liability insurance, financial statements, and evidence of genuine vacancies.
  • The next step is to complete the online application for sponsor licence on the UKVI website. You must provide accurate information about your organisation and the workers you intend to sponsor.
  • Then, you have to pay the applicable fees for the application. The amount will depend on the type of licence you are applying for and the size of the organisation.
  • Submit all the supporting documents and ensure they are all legible and clear. If you don’t provide proper documentation, your application might be rejected.
  • If necessary, you will have to arrange a premises visit. UKVI will arrive at your location to check the authenticity of your business. You must fully cooperate with the officials.
  • All you have to do now is wait for UKVI to make a decision. The processing time usually depends on the complexity of the case and the volume of applications. You will be notified of the decision by post or email.

So, these are the steps you must follow to navigate the process of applying for a sponsor licence. If you need more help, contact Sponsor Licence Specialists. We have years of experience and expertise in helping employers navigate the process of applying for a sponsor licence. We will provide you with all the necessary details.