The application for a Sponsor Licence requires that an entity looking to recruit from outside of the United Kingdom- have the necessary infrastructure in place. Once there is confidence that the right infrastructure is in place, the next step would be to analyse the Home Office rules to ensure that the strict requirements are met by the said entity. The final step would be to submit the online application to the Home Office for the Sponsorship Licence.
Once the Home Office receive your application for a Sponsorship Licence, all your supporting documents will be reviewed. Depending on the entity’s risk status the Home Office may decide to carry out personal visit to the Business address to ensure that the Business is legitimate, and capable of fulfilling its’ role as a Sponsorship Licence holder.
If your Sponsor Licence application is successful, the entity will be placed on the List of Registered Sponsors. The Business will be given a licence rating and will be permitted to assign Certificates of Sponsorship (COS) to qualifying candidates, enabling them to make their visa application to the Home Office to enter the UK.
White Horse Solicitors & Notary Public has exceptional experience in acting for entities wishing to make applications for Sponsor Licences. We will mentor you through the application process at ease to make sure that you correctly meet the demanding rules set up by the Home Office to allow you to employ the high-quality staff you wish to employ.
Why choose us for your Sponsorship Licence Application?
What is the process of obtaining a Sponsorship Licence?
To be granted a Sponsorship Licence, you cannot have unspent criminal convictions for immigration offences or certain other crimes, such as fraud or money laundering. There must also be no history of failing to carry out your sponsorship duties. You must not have had a sponsor licence revoked in the last 12 months. You will also need appropriate systems in place to monitor sponsored employees.
There are two types of licence, depending on whether it is a long-term or temporary position.
A ‘Worker’ licence is for skilled workers who you want to employ long-term or permanently.
A ‘Temporary Worker’ licence will let you employ skilled people on a temporary basis.
3. Determine which individuals will manage the Sponsorship within your Business.
You need to appoint individuals within your Business to manage the sponsorship process when you apply for a licence by way of the Sponsorship Management System (SMS).
The roles which you must decide on are as follows:
4. Apply online and pay the fee
A Sponsor Licence if approved, is granted for a period of 4 years.
Most applications are processed in less than 8 weeks.
You may be able to pay a premium fee of £500 to get a decision within 10 working days. Home Office will let you know if this is possible after the application has been submitted.
Once the entity has been registered as a Licenced Sponsor, a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) should be obtained. A Certificate of Sponsorship is a reference number assigned to a foreign national from their UK sponsor, enabling them to make an application for a visa to work in the UK. You as the Migrant’s worker’s proposed employer- must then assign a Certificate of Sponsorship to each Migrant worker you employ. Each certificate has its own number which the Migrant worker can use to apply for a visa.