It is imperative that licence holders understand sponsor duties and responsibilities because if compliance is not met, the Home Office can suspend or even revoke your Sponsor Licence.
Sponsor Licence Renewal
Sponsor Licence renewal process
The sponsor licence expiry date is shown on the Licence summary screen of the sponsorship management system and organisations must make a renewal application prior to the expiry date. It is the responsibility of the licence holder to renew the sponsor licence and should apply in good time. If the employer applies well before expiry, it gives them a chance to apply again if the renewal application is rejected.
The renewal application can be made from 90 days before the expiry of the licence and must be made online via the sponsor management system by a level 1 user. The organisation must also pay the relevant renewal fee for their type of licence. The Home office may ask for additional business related supporting documents further to the licence renewal application.
The Home Office compliance team may also visit the business premises as part of post licence inspection, particularly if the organisation has not been visited during the initial grant of the sponsor licence. The sponsor renewal process must be taken very seriously by the employers. Failing to do this correctly, may result in reducing or removing any CoS allocation and/or lead to the organisation’s licence being downgraded,suspended or revoked. If the application is made before the expiry date and is accepted by the Home Office, a temporary extension is granted until Home Office makes further enquiries or visits and decides the application.
Common issues for licence renewal
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Frequently Asked Questions
The refusal of a licence application does not carry any right of appeal. The organisations may however challenge the decision by the way of a Judicial Review at the High court.
The Home Office takes the view that as employers benefit directly from sponsorship, they must play their part in ensuring the system is not abused.
From April 2017 employers face the payment of an Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) for sponsoring migrant workers.