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A Student sponsor is an education provider that can sponsor international students to study in the UK. Some types of institution (academies and state-funded schools) are not eligible to apply for a Student sponsor licence. Read the sponsor guidance to find out if your institution is eligible.
How to apply for a Student sponsor licence
Check that your education provider or institution meets the sponsor requirements in the sponsor guidance and is ready to comply with them.
Decide who will fill the sponsor management roles within your institution.
Estimate the number of confirmations of acceptance for studies (CAS) you are eligible to apply for in the first year of your licence.
Apply online and pay the fee.
Send UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) the documents listed in sponsor guidance appendix A.
- If your application is approved, you’ll be given probationary sponsor status and emailed a login for the sponsorship management system. This is an online tool which lets you carry out your day-to-day sponsorship activities.
When you successfully apply for a Student sponsor licence, UKVI will give you a probationary sponsor licence. This is a transitional period lasting 12 months whilst you demonstrate you can fulfil all of your duties as a Student sponsor. You must apply for a basic compliance assessment after 12 months. This is to assess whether you meet the core requirements to remain a Student sponsor.
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