Apply for a UK Sponsor Licence

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HIRE GLOBAL TALENT

Why You Should Apply For a Sponsor Licence

Why You Should Apply For a Sponsor Licence

Acquiring your Sponsor Licence provides access to a global talent pool. Allowing you to source and recruit the best and most skilled candidates from anywhere in the world for your organisation.  

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Secure Your Sponsor Licence With Rove Legal

Secure Your Sponsor Licence With Rove Legal

Before we start the process of acquiring your sponsor licence, we’ll ensure your business qualifies and that your job offerings meet the Home Office’s criteria. We review your situation from every angle possible – No more worrying about eligibility checks.

Choosing the Right Licence

Licence types can be confusing, but our legal experts will help you pick the perfect one based on your employees’ immigration route, ensuring a smooth process.

Identify Blind Spots

We often notice nuanced differences which can lead to unintended consequences. That’s why wWe identify and manage all potential blind spots for both you and your applicants to prevent larger issues in the future.

Streamlined Application

Applying for a Sponsor Licence can be complex. We offer staff training on compliance duties and help you assign key roles. We’ll also assist in gathering essential documents and navigating the online application, making the process hassle-free.

SPONSOR LICENCE

What is a Sponsor Licence?

What is a Sponsor Licence?

For UK businesses to hire international talent, a Sponsor Licence is a requisite. Formerly referred to as a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence, this certification empowers UK employers to issue Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) and bring overseas professionals on board under Skilled Worker visas.

Sponsor Licences are integral to UK businesses for sourcing talent globally, especially across sectors like Healthcare, Hospitality, Construction, Telecoms, IT, and Media. The process to secure such a licence is stringent, and keeping it active necessitates strict regulatory compliance.

Ensuring compliance with a Sponsor Licence involves tailoring your HR protocols to meet the Home Office’s stipulations.

Eligibility Criteria for a Sponsor Licence
  • Authentic business operation: Your organisation must be a bona fide entity operating lawfully in the United Kingdom.

  • UK-based: You need to have your base of operations in the United Kingdom.

  • Clean record: Demonstrate a clean slate concerning immigration control threats and criminal history, including money laundering, fraud, and immigration-related offences.
  • Clean record: Demonstrate a clean slate concerning immigration control threats and criminal history, including money laundering, fraud, and immigration-related offences.

  • Robust HR system: Maintain a robust HR system capable of efficiently fulfilling sponsor duties.

  • Key personnel: Your key personnel should embody traits of honesty, dependability, and reliability.

Document requirements can vary based on the organisation’s type and UK operational history. Usually, a minimum of four documents must be submitted. It’s advisable to include additional documents.

  • Latest audited annual accounts
  • Employer’s liability insurance certificate
  • Certificate of VAT registration
  • Latest corporate bank statement




 
  • HMRC registration proof, including PAYE
  • Evidence of business premises ownership or commercial lease and accounts office reference number.
  • Normally, decisions are made within 8 weeks of submission. For expedited processing, an additional fee of £500 can be paid. Please note that fast-tracking is only available if you have been notified of its possibility.
BESPOKE LEGAL ADVICE

Common Reasons for Refusal of Sponsor Licence Applications

Common Reasons for Refusal of Sponsor Licence Applications

We provide a one-to-one service, bypassing the typical bureaucracy found in larger firms. From Sponsor Licence application to requesting CoS  (Certificate of Sponsorship) we are always accessible to ready to support you.

Whether you’re thinking about getting your sponsor licence or looking for support with CoS (Certificate of Sponsorship) issuance, we’ll take a proactive approach and anticipate any potential issues that may need fixing before they become problems.

We’re a law firm, not an immigration advisory, adhering to the highest standards of client care and ethics regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Your case will be managed by an experienced solicitor, not case workers or paralegals.

Before we start the process of acquiring your sponsor licence, we’ll ensure your business qualifies and that your job offerings meet the Home Office’s criteria. We review your situation from every angle possible – No more worrying about eligibility checks.

SCALE YOUR TEAM

Hire Globally With a Sponsor Licence

Hire Globally With a Sponsor Licence

When your business secures a Sponsor Licence, it opens a gateway to a world of advantages. Here’s why it’s pivotal:

Access to Global Talent

With a Sponsor Licence, you're not limited by geographic boundaries. You can effortlessly tap into a global talent pool, ensuring you have the best and brightest on your team.

Faster Recruitment

Say goodbye to lengthy recruitment processes. A Sponsor Licence allows you to swiftly bring in skilled workers from abroad or those already in the UK, reducing hiring timelines significantly.

Business Growth

A diverse team can fuel innovation and creativity, leading to business growth. By fostering diversity, you enhance your company's adaptability and problem-solving capabilities.

Competitive Edge

Your ability to sponsor overseas talent provides you with a competitive advantage over companies that can only hire locally.

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AVOID REFUSAL

Common Reasons for Refusal of Sponsor Licence Application

Common Reasons for Refusal of Sponsor Licence Application

1.  Lack of Evidence for Overseas Hiring Need

The Home Office requires proof that your organisation truly needs overseas talent. Applications may be declined if UK residents could handle roles or need to be sufficiently skilled.

Non-adherence to UK immigration guidelines can result in a rejection, especially if your organisation or key staff have a history of violations.

You must show that your HR systems can effectively oversee overseas employees. Any uncertainty on the Home Office’s part about this can result in a decline.

Being unprepared for, or uncooperative during, Home Office inspections can negatively affect your application.

Applications may be rejected if your organisation or its leaders have unresolved criminal convictions or have violated civil regulations, especially concerning worker rights and immigration.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a sponsor licence application cost?

Sponsor Licence costs £536 for a small company or charity, and £1,476 for a medium/large company. Note You may qualify as a small sponsor if two or more of the following apply:

  • Your annual turnover is £10.2 million or less
  • Your total assets are worth £5.1 million or less
  • You have 50 employees or fewer



The exact processing time of your sponsor licence is deepened on a number of factors. However, you’ll often receive a decision from Home Office with 8 weeks of your application submission date. Bear in mind Home Office may decide to conduct a compliance visit prior to issuing of the licence decision. In that case expect your time frame to increase to up to 12 weeks.

The processing time for your licence hinges on the type of worker you intend to sponsor. You have two main options:
Worker Licence: This allows you to sponsor individuals in various skilled roles for different durations.
Temporary Worker Licence: Designed for specific employment types, including volunteering and for roles in the creative or sporting industry.
Both licence categories offer further subcategories. If you need guidance in navigating these options, feel free to reach out for support.

Applications are made online via the Home Office website. All supporting documents and evidence must be submitted within five days of your initial application. Book your consultation with us here.