There are currently over 30,000 sponsor licence holders in the UK. As a UK employer, you will need to have a sponsor licence in order to sponsor a non-UK national to work in the UK. Any employer who is a legitimate business trading in the UK is eligible to apply. The sponsored role must be compliant with immigration requirements, i.e. be a skilled occupation and pay the required salary level.
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requests information with a sponsor licence application so they can be satisfied an employer is genuine in its application for a sponsor application, with a need to fill a genuine vacancy and not likely to abuse the terms of the licence. Moreover, the UKVI expects to see relevant evidence of a genuine recruitment of a suitable worker and employment need for the migrant worker.
In advance of any application, the company will also need to ensure they have the correct HR systems in place to comply with their sponsor duties and need to have key people within the company to administer the sponsorship process. There must be at least one ‘settled’ (a British or an EEA national who holds pre-settled or settled status, or an overseas national with PR status) senior member of staff in the company to manage the sponsor licence.
Once the application is granted, the sponsor licence is valid for four years. The company can then apply and assign a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to the migrant worker and to apply for a Skilled Worker visa for the worker.
The whole process, from licence application to grant of visa, could be completed in three to four months.*
* It may also take up to loner time if UKVI ask for additional information/documents.
We will assist you throughout the whole process, advise and prepare the required documents for submission. Our services will also include making representations to UK Visas and Immigration, informing you of any developments as and when they arise.
A Skilled Worker visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer.
The List of organisations licensed to sponsor workers on the Worker and Temporary Worker immigration routes can be found below:
There are different salary rules if you work in some healthcare or education jobs. Your salary must be at least £20,480 – or more if your job’s ‘going rate’ is higher.
View the list of eligible healthcare and education jobs to see if the job is included.
This route is for international students who want to work following the successful completion of a course of study at UK bachelor’s degree-level or above.
You can apply for a Graduate visa if all of the following applied:
You can apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa (T5) if you:
You can apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa if you’re from:
You must be selected in the Youth Mobility Scheme ballot before you can apply for your visa if you’re from:
You can apply for a Global Talent visa to work in the UK if you’re a leader or potential leader in one of the following fields:
This visa is designed for overseas companies to set up branches in the UK and to assign relevant employees to the UK. The program includes the following five categories and will begin accepting applications on 11th April 2022:
This visa mainly replaces the Sole Representative Visa, allowing overseas companies to appoint employees to expand their business in the UK, and can appoint multiple employees at one time, but this visa cannot lead to settlement directly.
This visa is designed for senior managers and professional and technical personnel of large multinational companies, employees can use this visa to work in UK branches. This visa mainly replaces the Intra-Company Transfer visa.
This visa is designed for trainees of large multinational companies, this visa will replace the Intra-Company Graduate Trainee visa.
This visa is a temporary work visa, mainly for various overseas suppliers who need to provide temporary services in the UK, this visa will replace the current Temporary Work – International Agreement route.
This visa is also a temporary work visa, mainly for employees of some large multinational companies who need to perform business contracts or investments in the UK.
This visa is mainly designed for fast-growing companies in the UK to help these companies attract high-quality overseas employees to work in the UK. Businesses in the UK will need to demonstrate an average growth rate of more than 20% in revenue or in the number of employees over the past three years and with at least 10 employees at the start of the three-year period before they can apply for this visa for overseas employees. The program will begin accepting applications on 22nd August.
Compared with the work visa, after the first two years of this visa, if the applicant meets the relevant annual salary requirements, the applicant can renew the visa for three years without the need of the employer to provide a certificate of Sponsorship, and can apply for permanent residence in the fifth year.
This visa is designed to attract graduates from top overseas universities to the UK. It is suitable for applicants who have graduated within the past five years. Ranked in the top 50 globally on at least two of the designated Global Universities Lists:
According to the current rankings, among the universities in Hong Kong, only the graduates from the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of the past five years meet the application criteria. The plan will start accepting applications on May 30, and this visa cannot obtain permanent residence.