Updated Creative Worker Sponsor Guidance May 2024

updated creative worker sponsor guidance may 2024


The guidance for Creative Worker sponsors has been revised to align with the changes to the Immigration Rules effective from 16 May 2024, as outlined in Statement of Changes HC 590.


Revisions to Sponsor Guidance


Key updates include the removal of references to shortage occupations and resident labour market testing, as well as a number of changes in the sponsorship and visa requirements. Under the new guidance, sponsors must now demonstrate that roles not covered by a code of practice contribute uniquely to the UK’s creative sector, while creative workers must now also provide details of any expenses covered by the sponsor and whether the sponsor will seek reimbursement.

The updated guidelines also clarify that if the lead entertainer’s application within a group Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is denied, all associated applications will be refused.

The updated guidance can be accessed in the full Creative Worker Sponsor Guidance.

Appendix D has also been revised to reflect these changes: Appendix D – Record Keeping for Sponsorship.


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If you have any questions about the updated guidance, or any aspect of the Creative Worker visa or sponsorship requirements, contact our UK immigration specialists.




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