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Do I Need a Sponsor Licence?

A sponsor licence is a legal necessity as a UK business if you want to recruit skilled labour from outside the UK under skilled worker route. Hiring even a single employee from one of these countries without a right to work can result in a huge fine and even a prison sentence.

Having a sponsor licence opens up the doors to your business, allowing you to attract top talent, launch innovative projects, and grow your business.

Am I Eligible for a Sponsor Licence?

To apply for a Sponsor Licence your organisation must provide proof of the following:

  • It is a legally operating business in the UK.
  • Key personnel have been appointed, and they are of good character and dependable.
  • Your HR systems can manage all sponsorship duties.
  • Your business is offering employment suitable for skill requirements, which are genuine and meet minimum salary guidelines.

When you book a free consultation with us, we can clarify each of these points with you to ensure you’re eligible.

Should I Apply for the Licence Myself?

Sponsor licence applications aren’t as simple as filling out a form.

There’s no room for error when proving that you’re eligible. You’ll need to assign critical roles within your organisation for an authorising officer, key contact (your main point of contact with UKVI) and a level 1 user (responsible for the day-to-day management of your licence using the SMS). And you’ll have to be fully prepared for the Home Office inspection visit at any time.

If you get it wrong, your application may be disapproved, and you may not be able to apply again for 6 months. This can be disastrous for your business expansion plans.

The Home Office is becoming increasingly strict about compliance, and we regularly hear from companies who have tried applying for themselves and failed.

Why Use A Y & J Solicitors to Get a Sponsor Licence?

Sponsor licences are what we do. We’ve helped countless companies obtain a licence, and have 1,000s of 5-star reviews from clients.

We’ll take care of as much of the process for you as possible, from start to finish, including:

  • If instructed, assign one of the members of our team to the key contact and level 1 user roles, saving you from stressful, time-consuming work.
  • Showing you exactly what proof to gather, based on what you have available.
  • Processing all documents and putting together your application.
  • Completing human resources checks and audits in preparation for compliance.
  • Explaining all of the Home Office’s rules and regulations in simple terms.
  • Supporting and guiding you in preparation for a Home Office inspection visit.
  • Keeping you up to date with any changes to relevant regulations.

If you’re planning on applying for a sponsor licence, book a free consultation via the calendar link at the top of this page, or leave your contact details in the chat box at the bottom right corner of this page.

We’ll provide you with all the information you need to know to decide whether to work with us, without obligation.

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What our clients say

From the first phone call, all the way through to subsequent meetings, A Y & J showed a high level of professionalism. We commend you for working tirelessly on our case. You did a great job in representing us and we will definitely recommend your firm to others. A big Thank you to Yash, Diana and the entire team for their assistance and support.


My experience with A Y & J Solicitors was really good. Very detailed and knowledgeable. All my questions were answered on time. They are very approachable and friendly. I would highly recommend them – it may be very simple query or a very complex case you can trust them.


A Y & J solicitors are highly professional and experienced solicitors, especially Yash and Diana who look after my application in a very professional manner and provide me accurate advise step by step. Highly recommended solicitor excellent and professional job. Thanks you so much to Yash and team


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We have a dedicated team ready to work with you in achieving your entry in the United Kingdom.
We know that time is critical for our clients, and we address this need with prompt and efficient service. With each case we prepare to win, and we take the effort needed to accomplish this.

Yash Dubal
Yash DubalDirector

Yash Dubal is a Director of A Y & J Solicitors. He is a Senior Immigration Caseworker specialising in both private and corporate UK immigration matters.

Diana Elena
Diana Elena TodiricaSenior Immigration Caseworker

As a Senior Immigration Caseworker and an immigrant from Romania, Diana appreciates the difficulties facing clients who receive her advice.

Amin Akhtar
Amin AkhtarBusiness Relationship Manager

He has experience in Client Services, which has helped lay down the foundations of having a holistic understanding of client requirements.

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