SPONSOR SKILLED WORKER
We provide immigration advice and guidance to help UK employers to apply for Sponsor Licence and to comply with Sponsor duties
To employ skilled foreign workers, UK companies need to hold the relevant sponsorship licence from UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) before employing permanent or temporary foreign workers. A sponsorship licence is also necessary for educational institutions recruiting students from overseas. Without one, UK companies cannot transfer existing employees to the UK, extend an existing work visa or apply for permission to employ someone.
Once a sponsorship licence is granted, the company will be given a licence rating. This will allow them to start assigning Certificates of Sponsorship which are required as part of each individual’s immigration application under the Skilled Worker route of the points-based system. A sponsorship licence comes with important obligations for the licence holder.
The company will be required to prove that all the duties and responsibilities expected of them as a sponsor are understood and followed. The sponsorship licence is granted for an initial period of 4 years and may be extended if the company wished to continue to sponsor any EU national without settled status or any non-EEA nationals.
Alternatively, if a sponsor does not meet its responsibilities, their licence can be downgraded, suspended or even withdraw.
A sponsorship licence is granted for an initial period of 4 years and may be extended if the company wishes to continue to sponsor any EU national without settled status or any non-EEA nationals.
Companies applying for a sponsorship licence may also be subject to a visit from UKVI, who will assess whether or not your organisation is fit to be granted a sponsorship licence.
Types of Skilled Worpker Sponsor licence
The licence you need depends on whether the workers you want to fill your jobs are:
‘Workers’ - for skilled or long-term employment
‘Temporary workers’ - for specific types of temporary employment
Companies or organisations can apply for a licence covering one or both types of worker.
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