Applying for a sponsor licence

Employers must obtain a sponsor licence from the Home Office if they wish to sponsor migrants under Tier 2 of the points based system.

In preparing for your sponsor licence application, you will need to review and if necessary, upgrade your HR systems to ensure that you are able to comply with your sponsor duties.

Our experienced team can help you with all aspects of this process, including:

  • Advising on the appropriate checks that need to be undertaken before any employee commences employment
  • Assigning certificates of sponsorships and use of the sponsor management system
  • Assisting with the online application
  • Assisting with the submission of relevant documents accompanying your application
  • Ensuring that your HR systems are fully compliant
  • Helping you prepare for a Home Office visit prior to and/or following your sponsor licence application

If your sponsor licence application is approved, you will be given an ‘A’ or ‘B’ rating by the Home Office, following which you will be able to assign certificates of sponsorship (CoS) to migrant workers.

It is important to issue the CoS correctly, as failure to do so can have serious repercussions for your organisation, including being downgraded from an ‘A’ to a ‘B’ rating, or withdrawal of your licence altogether.

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