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Sponsor Licence Application Process

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Sponsor Licence Application Process

Jemima Johnstone summarises the process of applying for a UK sponsorship licence.

“The sponsor licence application process really is in two parts: looking first at what you need to submit to the Home Office; and then how they’re going to respond in terms of your submission.

“You need to submit an online application form. That has details of your company and should be a more straightforward element that needs to be accompanied by a number of supporting documents sent to the Home Office in hard copy paper form.

“We can work with you to identify which documents you need to provide and most importantly, what the Home Office will consider to be an original document. Everything you submit must be original or a certified copy of an original.

“Finally and, perhaps most challengingly, you need to provide information about your company that will justify why you need a sponsor licence – why you can’t find a resident worker to fill this role and why you need to sponsor a migrant worker.

“So we will work with you to carry out advertising if needed to provide that proof with the application and just explain why this is a genuine need for the organisation.

“Once that’s all gone into the Home Office they will make an initial assessment as to whether your application is what they would call ‘low risk’.

“If it’s low risk, they’ll assess just on that paperwork. If they decide it’s not a low risk they’ll want to come out to visit you and to explore those issues in more depth to understand more about the role and about your organisation.

“They will also want to look at your HR systems and processes to check that you understand what your duties would be as a sponsor and that you’ve got the systems and processes to meet those details to comply.

“We’ll talk you through what they’re going to look for and make sure that your systems meet those requirements.”


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