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 […]

SMS Level 1 User Guide

The role of key personnel in managing an organisation’s sponsor licence can’t be underestimated in ensuring compliance with the employer’s duties under its sponsor licence. The management of the sponsorship licence is conducted through the sponsor management system and therefore it is essential that the key personnel, in particular any level 1 user(s), are able […]

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 to support your application and evidence your organisation’s 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 documents from […]

Sponsor Licence: How Long Does It Take?

sponsor licence how long does it take

When applying for a sponsor licence, it’s helpful for employers to understand how long it takes for applications to be processed. This is useful insight for recruitment planning when hiring candidates from overseas. If there are delays with obtaining your sponsor licence, you risk losing your candidate, as they may decide to pursue an opportunity […]

Sponsor Licence with a Criminal Record?

When applying for a sponsor licence, your organisation will need to satisfy various suitability criteria, not least that those responsible for the day-to-day running of your business, including the key personnel assigned to use the sponsor management system, are all honest, dependable and reliable. The following guide is for UK employers and HR departments when […]

Sponsor Licence Application Refused?

sponsor licence application refused

If your sponsor licence application is refused or rejected by UKVI, this can have a hugely detrimental impact on your business operations and workforce planning. It is also likely to see your application fee lost. While there is no right to appeal if your sponsor licence application has been refused, other options may be open […]

Authorising Officer SMS & Compliance Duties

Among the many compliance duties placed on sponsor licence holders is the requirement to nominate an ‘Authorising Officer’ as one of the key personnel roles. It will be critical for the individual holding this role to fully understand the extent and importance of their duties as the AO, since the Home Office can impose significant […]

Sponsor Licence Revoked?

sponsor licence revoked

If an organisation with a sponsor licence does not satisfy 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 […]

Mergers, Acquisitions & Sponsor Licences

Merger will affect sponsor licence

How will a merger affect your sponsor licence? Mergers, acquisitions or any type of organisational restructure are inherently complex projects. While resources and attention for the restructuring process are typically focused on finance, taxation and stakeholder communications, one area which is commonly overlooked is immigration compliance. If your organisation is undergoing a change in ownership or a change […]

Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Renewal

tier 2 sponsor licence renewal

For many companies, the Tier 2 sponsor licence renewal application is a more demanding and involved process than the initial licence application. Preparation will be key. Your organisation should undertake proactive steps to ensure readiness for this process and the potential scrutiny which may result from the Home Office as to your organisation’s continued compliance […]