Sponsor Licence

UK Immigration Solicitors are a team of expert, specialist solicitors who are market-leaders in all areas of UK immigration law. With a proven track record of success, we provide a bespoke service to each of our clients. Going far above and beyond simply providing advice, as a fully qualified and accredited law firm delivering a global service, we will fully represent your case in close partnership with you.

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Holding a sponsor licence and providing an opportunity for a someone to come to the UK to work for you is a really good way to expand your business, and sometimes that means recruiting from far afield.  As a national and global company ourselves, we appreciate how much talent and skill can come from recruiting staff from outside the EEA. However, it is essential that all appropriate visas and a sponsor licence are in place.

UK Immigration Solicitors have extensive experience in supporting employers who need to obtain a sponsor licence. There is a lot of general advice available online but it is essential to secure a sponsor licence as soon as possible as it must be in place before an employee can make their own visa application.  Instructing qualified solicitors is the most reliable way to ensure your sponsor licence has the best chance of success.

Why choose UK Immigration Solicitors for your Sponsor Licence?

  • Expert legal advice: over 50 years of combined expertise from an award winning solicitors firm;
  • Individual Service: professional legal advice tailored to your specific needs, no matter where you are in the world;
  • Affordable: fixed payment plan with no hidden extra fees;
  • Peace of mind: all of our solicitors are qualified UK immigration solicitors and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority;
  • Confidence: we are proud members of Immigration Law Practitioners Association.

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You can find general advice and guidance on securing a sponsor licence from the Gov.UK website, and here is a general overview of what you need to consider:

How to get a Sponsor Licence

  1. Check your business is eligible.
  2. Choose the type of licence you want to apply for – this will depend on what type of worker you want to sponsor.
  3. Decide who will manage sponsorship within your business.
  4. Apply online and pay the fee.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) may visit your business to check it’s suitable for a sponsor licence.

Types of Sponsor Licence

The sponsor licence you need depends on whether the workers you want to fill your jobs are:

  • Tier 2 – skilled workers with long-term job offers;
  • Tier 5 – skilled temporary workers.

You can apply for a sponsnor licence covering either tier or both.

Tier 2 is for skilled workers who you want to employ long-term or permanently. It’s split into:

  • General – the role must meet the job suitability requirements;
  • Intra-Company Transfer – for multinational companies which need to transfer employees to the UK;
  • Minister of Religion – for people coming to work for a religious organisation (for up to 3 years);
  • Sportsperson – for elite sportspeople and coaches who will be based in the UK.

Tier 5 is for skilled workers you want to employ on a temporary basis. It’s split into:

  • Creative and Sporting – to work as a sportsperson (up to 1 year), entertainer or artist (up to 2 years);
  • Charity Worker – for unpaid workers (up to 1 year);
  • Religious Worker – for those doing preaching, pastoral and non-pastoral work (2 years);
  • Government Authorised Exchange – work experience (1 year), research projects or training, eg practical medical or scientific training (2 years) to enable a short-term exchange of knowledge;
  • International Agreement – where the worker is coming to do a job which is covered by international law, eg employees of overseas governments.

After you apply

You’ll be given a sponsor licence rating if your application is successful and you will be able to issue certificates of sponsorship if you have jobs that are suitable for sponsorship. Your sponsor licence will be valid for 4 years but may lose your licence if you don’t meet your responsibilities as a sponsor.


  • unspent criminal convictions for immigration offences or certain other crimes, eg fraud or money laundering;
  • any history of failing to carry out your sponsorship duties.

You’ll need appropriate systems in place to monitor sponsored employees.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will review your application form and supporting documents. They may visit your business to make sure you’re trustworthy and capable of carrying out your duties.

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There are a wide range of documents, rules and specific requirements that may take careful consideration before submitting an sponsor licence application. Our team will assign you a dedicated solicitor who will guide you through the entire process and help you to ensure the best possible chance of getting the licence on first application.  Every one of our clients gets bespoke service tailored to their individual needs, and the needs of their business. All you need to do to kick-start the process is call for a FREE initial assessment.

UK Immigration Solicitors can represent anyone applying for visas. Your Sponsor licence only represents your company’s eligibility to employ someone from outside the EEA. Those individuals are then entirely responsible for ensuring their own visa applications are submitted accurately and in a timely fashion.  Please share our details with them to have added peace of mind that when it comes to immigration law, your company is one step ahead of those who just try to use general advice.

Call us now to begin a free assessment of your Sponsor Licence eligibility.
0203 3844389 if you are in the UK or 0044203 3844389 if you are outside the UK.