The companies who wish to employ foreign skilled workers for long term or temporary workers for short term must first apply for a sponsor licence with the UK Home Office. This applies to all non EEA nationals and those EU nationals coming to the UK from early 2021 and the organisations can apply for a Tier 2 and/or Tier 5 sponsor licence.
In order to obtain a sponsor licence, the company will need to satisfy the following key requirements.
The company would need to provide a set of mandatory and optional documents along with required additional information to the Home Office to prove that they are genuinely and lawfully operating in the UK and are able to meet the sponsor obligations. The company is required to appoint an Authorising Officer, a Key contact and Level 1 user as part of the application to undertake sponsorship management, once the licence is granted. Upon application submission, the Home Office may conduct a premises audit to examine the current human resources and recruitment system in place and may interview the Authorising Officer. This premises visit by the Home Office compliance team may be announced or unannounced.
The sponsor licence application process normally takes upto 8 weeks and is granted with either an A rating or B rating for a period of 4 years. It is important that the sponsor licence application is prepared carefully, as there is no right of appeal if the licence application is refused. It is also possible that organisations may not be able to immediately re-apply due a cooling-off period imposed by the Home Office.
The UK educational institutions looking to enrol international students may apply for a Tier 4 sponsor licence, but must satisfy a different set of criteria.
Employers that are currently not approved by the Home Office to be a sponsor should consider applying now if they wish to sponsor skilled migrants, including those from the EU, from early 2021. Please visit our dedicated sponsor licence page to learn more about the application process and how we can assist you.
Our Immigration lawyers at City Legal have immense experience in assisting small businesses and multinational companies in sponsor licence matters including new applications, dealing with suspensions and revocations, HR & Compliance audits with action plans and training, sponsoring migrant workers as well as dealing with day to day sponsor licence obligations.
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