Applying for a Sponsorship Licence, Expanding your business in the UK

If a UK employer wishes to employ a skilled worker from overseas, they will need to apply for a sponsorship license. Our team of experienced Immigration solicitors can provide tailored advice on all aspects of business immigration.

The type of job the company is hiring for will determine which sponsor licence the employer needs to apply for. Our team can help guide UK employers on which license is suited to their individual needs.

Businesses will need to fulfil several responsibilities and obligations as the employer of an overseas worker, both prior and during the employment.

As part of the application process, you will be expected to provide evidence that you are a legitimate business that requires the use of migrant talent, which can be an essential tool for the successful operation and growth of a business.

We have extensive experience in helping companies acquire and maintain their Sponsorship Licences.

Seeking our professional advice at an early stage will ensure that you have the correct systems in place and that your sponsorship licence application is accurately prepared and lodged free from errors with the Home Office.

This will ensure you have the best likelihood of success in the quickest possible timeframe.

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For a free initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on 020 3383 0173 or email us at and a member of our team will get back to you.

Eligibility Requirements

If you are considering applying for a sponsorship licence, your company will be obligated to follow several requirements, including:

  • Having effective HR systems in place
  • Accurate record-keeping and numerous reporting requirements
  • Regulatory compliance and co-operation with all Home Office conditions

The current ‘Guidance for Sponsors’ is a 209-page document that includes specific requirements, obligations and regulations which can be time-consuming and complex for employers to fully understand.

However, it is important that these requirements are understood and adhered too. If the Home Office believes that you have not followed the strict requirements, your licence may be refused, and you will be subjected to a six-month cooling-off period in which you will not be able to re-apply.

As specialist solicitors, we can help you to make an application for a sponsor licence and we will provide ongoing support to ensure that you remain fully compliant with the regulations.

The Sponsor Licence Renewal Process

A sponsor can find out the expiration date of the sponsor licence by looking on the summary page of the Sponsor Management System (SMS). You will also find the date on which you can apply to renew a sponsor licence.

In most cases, a sponsor will be able to apply for a renewal licence up to three months before the licence is due to expire, however, there may be circumstances when the Home Office will invite a sponsor to apply earlier.

Why Choose us

Using our wide range of legal knowledge and expertise, we have helped many clients with sponsorship licence applications. Our approach is to be proactive and work with you to achieve your objectives and deliver successful outcomes as efficiently and promptly as possible.

We can clearly explain the range of legal options available and guide you towards the option which would be best suited for your specific circumstances.

How to Get in Contact

For a free initial discussion and a no-obligation quote, get in touch with us today by simply calling us on 020 3383 0173 or email us at and a member of our team will get back to you.

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