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What is a Sponsor Licence?

In a nutshell, it is permission to hire workers outside the the UK. If you already have a Sponsor Licence and interested in extension, click here for more information on sponsor licence renewal.


Why might your company need one?

To have access to a wider pool of talent.

Not only you will be able to hire applicants based on their skills and not nationality, but you also secure yourself the same right after the end of the transition period (please note, from 1 January 2021 you must have a sponsor licence to hire both EU and non-EU citizens who otherwise do not have right to work in the UK).


How long does it take?

Normally up to 8 weeks for the Home Office to make their decision. However, a lot of work is to be done before submitting the application (gathering info about your company, bringing all the documentation in order, putting relevant processes in place etc). The whole process usually takes 2-4 months.


Who can you sponsor to work for you in the UK on a skilled worker visa:


Recently, the list of occupations that qualify for a Skilled Worker visa has been expanded and new jobs were added, such as butchers, driving instructors, customer service managers, teaching assistants, childminders, florists, bar managers, plasterers, carpenters and joiners, plumbers etc.

The full list can be found here. 

Certain profession are in the Shortage Occupation List, and therefore, requirements for employees and employers sponsoring such workers are eased. Shortage occupation list can be found here.


How to apply for a skilled worker visa?

Skilled worker visa is granted under the point based system. In order to apply successfully, among other eligibility criteria, applicants must score 70 points. website provides a breakdown how points can be scored.



Why Sterling Law

Sterling Law is one of a limited number of firms which possess a thorough understanding of the sponsorship arrangements and obligations. We will manage the entire appeal and/or review process against the Home Office’s decision to withdraw or downgrade your Sponsor Licence status, helping you to navigate through Home Office bureaucracy without the fear of additional costs to your business. In return, the business will benefit by having more settled skilled workers as their immigration status will be dependent on the terms of sponsorship.

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