What if my sponsor licence application is refused?
Jemima Johnstone looks at what employers can do if facing a refused sponsor licence application.
“So what happens if your sponsor licence application is refused? That depends very much on why it’s refused.
“Perhaps you’ve made some real fundamental errors in terms of what you’ve submitted with the application. For example you’ve missed out some of the documents you have to submit or some of the supporting information that the Home Office requires.
“Ironically that’s actually better news. The Home Office should reject your application straightaway. They will normally refund the application fee and you can resubmit again as quickly as you can put a new application form together.
“It will be different if they’ve refused your application on more substantive grounds. For examaple, you’ve submitted the right information and documents but you’ve made an error such as not carrying out a proper resident labour market test or perhaps they’ve come to visit you and they’ve decided your HR systems and processes are insufficient or they don’t actually think the role is a genuine one.
“In thse instances, the Home Office unfortunately will not refund your fee and in most cases they will bar you from reapplying for six months.
“So that’s why it’s really important to get it right first time to make sure you’ve done everything that’s required – particularly if you have a candidate in mind who you know you want to appoint and who’s not be able to wait six months until you do everything again.”