Employer Considerations When Applying for a Sponsor Licence

Jemima Johnstone shares insight to what employers should be considering before making their sponsorship licence application.

“Before applying for a sponsor licence you need to look at the eligibility of the role that you’re looking to sponsor somebody for.

“If you’ve identified someone who you want to sponsor, to meet the Tier 2 eligibility requirements it needs to be a skilled role.

“So the Home Office needs to be satisfied the role is graduate level or above. There are published lists of the types of roles that are of the requisite skill level and the types that aren’t. So that’s the first assessment you need to make.

“When you’ve decided what occupation code the role fits under, there is a minimum salary that has to be paid. So you need to meet that criteria.

“And then thirdly you have to show that you can’t find somebody within the resident workforce who could fill that role.

“Is it that there are very specific skill requirements that you need to meet? We would talk to you about how you’ll evidence that.

“But initially it’s the assessment of the candidates themselves that is important. There are requirements in terms of English language ability. Do they have a negative immigration history of any kind? Do they have criminal convictions? Hopefully not in most cases, but it is something you want to consider.

“And then finally the organisation itself. Most organisations should be eligible to apply for a sponsor licence.

“Do you have a presence in the UK? Do you have a member of staff or at least a director who is based in the UK? That’s a core requirement. These individuals should not be subject to a bankruptcy order or have had a negative association with immigration in the past because you need to show to the Home Office that you are a trustworthy and reliable organisation.”