Skilled Worker Sponsor Licence application

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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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    Home Office Sponsor Compliance Visits 27.01.2022

    The Home Office UKVI undertakes sponsor licence compliance visits to determine whether a business should be given a new sponsor licence or continue to operate under an existing sponsor licence. A compliance officer can undertake two types of visits: pre-licence compliance and post-licence compliance visits.

    BRP card expiry 20.05.2021

    If you have been granted indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the past few years, you will probably have been issued with a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) with an expiry date of 31 December 2024.

    From 1 January 2020, applicants who are granted five years limited leave to remain have also started to receive BRP’s endorsed with an expiry date of 31 December 2024.

    Asylum appeal of a nepalese national and her spouse 22.06.2021

    Our immigration team has achieved a successful decision in the asylum appeal of a Nepalese national and her spouse. According to the Immigration & Asylum Upper Tribunal, they should both be allowed to remain in the UK under the protection of Refugee law.

    The appellant fell in love and married in the UK against the wishes of her family in Nepal, causing her to fear severe consequences upon return, including honour violence and persecution on the basis that she is a woman who married outside her caste and nationality.

    Elderly mother permitted to stay in the UK with her british adult son and her grandchildren 21.04.2021

    Excellent news; adult dependent relative appeal allowed by the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)!

    Our client, an Indian national, came to the UK with her husband lawfully to visit their son and grandchildren, who are British nationals. Sadly, her husband passed away suddenly while they were in the UK. Our client had a history of dementia with Parkinson’s disease along with anxiety and depression, which made her return to India unachievable.

    Procedural unfairness in skilled worker (t2 general) application? 12.02.2021

    In the recent case of Topadar v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1525 the Court of Appeal examined two questions:

    At what point is an immigration application decided by the Home Office?
    Is it procedurally unfair for the Home Office to refuse an application due to the applicant’s sponsor (i.e. their employer) failing to provide additional information (without the applicant ever being made aware of the request)? 

    The Court of Appeal decided: