Sponsor Licence Duties & Compliance Guide

Sponsor licence duties

Sponsor licences permit organisations to access the global talent market and recruit skilled non-UK resident workers – but they come with onerous compliance duties for the employer/sponsor. Fundamentally, the purpose of these duties is to place an onus on employers to play their part in preventing illegal working in the UK. Meeting your duties as […]

Sponsor Licence Change of Circumstances

sponsor licence change of circumstances

Given the business-critical nature of sponsoring migrant workers, careful and effective management of your sponsor licence is essential to avoid Home Office enforcement action that could impact your operations. As a UK sponsor licence holder, either under the Workers and Temporary Workers routes, you must ensure you have the necessary HR processes in place to maintain […]

Appendix A Sponsor Licence Documents

Appendix A Sponsor Licence Supporting Documents

Appendix A supports the Home Office policy guidance on sponsoring a non-UK resident worker. It lists the documents you must provide as part of your organisation’s sponsor licence application to evidence eligibility for a sponsor licence under the Worker, Temporary Worker or Student routes. In most cases, you will need to provide at least four supporting […]

Tier 2 Sponsor Guidance

tier 2 sponsor guidance

If you are looking to hire foreign skilled workers to work in the UK, you will first need to apply to the Home Office for a sponsorship licence. Prior to the UK’s post-Brexit UK immigration reforms, the UK’s main visa route for skilled overseas workers was the Tier 2 visa. Under the old system, UK […]

Tier 2 Sponsorship: Essential Guide

With Tier 2 visa sponsorship, now called Skilled Worker visa sponsorship, companies are permitted to hire skilled workers from overseas where the role and level of pay meet specific requirements. In most cases, UK companies hiring workers that are not UK residents are required to hold a valid sponsor licence. The ability to access the global […]

Skilled Worker Change of Circumstances

skilled worker change of circumstances

One of the key requirements under the UK visa sponsorship rules is that the Home Office must be notified of certain changes of circumstances relating to skilled workers. If you are an employer of a sponsored migrant whose employment details have changed, or if you are working in the UK on a skilled worker visa […]

Sponsor Management System: User Guide

Sponsor management system

As a licensed sponsor you are subject to a number of strict duties to ensure compliance with the UK Immigration Rules and to prevent illegal working. These duties include monitoring and reporting certain activities about sponsored workers and assigning certificates of sponsorship (CoS) to sponsored visa workers. The Sponsor Management System (SMS) is the Home Office’s […]

Sponsor Licence Revoked?

sponsor licence revoked

If an organisation with a sponsor licence does not meet the various compliance duties as required under the Immigration Rules, the Home Office has powers to take enforcement action. Where serious compliance breaches are alleged, the Home Office may send a notification letter stating that the organisation’s sponsor licence has been revoked or suspended pending […]

Register of Licensed Sponsors List 2023

Register of Licensed Sponsors List

The Register of Licensed Sponsors, previously known as the Tier 2 sponsor list, is a public list of all UK organisations which hold a valid sponsorship licence. The Home Office maintains the sponsorship list to identify all employers that have the required permission to employ sponsored workers under routes such as the Skilled Worker visa and other […]

UK Sponsorship Visa Guide

The UK immigration system comprises a range of routes and visas allowing non-British nationals to come to the UK to visit, work, study, for humanitarian reasons or to join loved ones. Many of the work visa routes require the individual to be sponsored by an employer. In this guide, we explain what UK sponsorship visas […]