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Navigating Sponsor Licences? Expert Solicitors To Ensure Your Eligibility!

Sponsor licence lawyers who know how to spot issues with applications and resolve them before they become a stumbling block.

  • Get clarity on sponsorship licences for employers
  • Simplify the process of sponsoring skilled workers
  • Attract top talent to help your business grow

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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, schedule a free consultation via the booking calendar above, or request a call back via 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.


What are the eligibility requirements for a sponsor licence?

To apply for a sponsor licence, your organization must be active and legally established in the UK, with necessary registrations with relevant statutory bodies and appropriate planning permissions for your business premises.

  • As a UK sponsor licence employer, you must prove to the Home Office that you can provide genuine skilled employment at the appropriate salary level.
  • You must pledge to fulfil all the duties associated with the sponsor licence.
  • Individuals can’t usually sponsor, except sole traders looking to sponsor skilled workers in their business.

 

For assistance with any UK immigration law concerns, contact A Y & J Solicitors. We’re here to help!


How much does a sponsor licence application cost?

The cost of sponsor licence depends upon the size of your organisation. The Sponsor licence fee for medium to large organisations is £1,476. The Sponsor licence fee for a small organisation will be  £536.

You can calculate the cost of a sponsor licence application to your business by clicking here. 

Suppose you hold a ‘Skilled Worker’ sponsor licence and want to add a subcategory like the Senior or Specialist Worker Visa. In that case, you can apply without a fee through the Sponsor Management System.

Click here to read more about the cost of a skilled sponsor licence.


How can my organisation apply for a sponsor licence?

To apply for a sponsor licence, companies must file an online form with four key documents and a cover letter about their UK operations. The Home Office may request extra HR documentation and conduct compliance checks on-site or online, with alternative locations possible if needed.

Our team can conduct a mock audit of your HR procedures prior to your formal application being made to identify any weaknesses and put in place an action plan to rectify them.


What documents will my company need to apply for a sponsor licence?

Submit at least four mandatory documents with the Skilled Worker licence application. Document types vary by entity: public body, start-up, franchise, or SME.

Required documents may include:

  • Latest bank statement.
  • Employer’s liability insurance (minimum £5 million).
  • VAT registration certificate.
  • HMRC employer registration (PAYE and Accounts Office Reference Numbers).
  • Business premises ownership or lease evidence.
  • Recent accounts (audited if legally required).
  • Regulatory body registration, if applicable.

 

For Senior/Specialist Worker Visa subcategory, provide proof of common ownership with an overseas company.

Specific licences require different documents; our team offers tailored checklists.

Multiple sponsor licence subcategories can be applied simultaneously if criteria are met.

 


How can I get a sponsor licence?

To get a UK sponsor licence, employers should:

  1. Verify eligibility by ensuring they can provide necessary documents proving the company’s legitimate operation in the UK.
  2. Select the correct type of licence for their needs.
  3. Assign an Authorising Officer, typically a senior recruitment figure like a director or HR manager, to oversee the Sponsor Management System (SMS) and ensure compliance with sponsorship duties. Also, appoint a level 1 user, usually an employee, to manage the SMS and handle CoS assignments for migrant workers. Additional level 1 users can be added post-licence.
  4. Submit the online application and pay the fee, which is £536 for small or charitable organisations and £1,476 for medium or large organisations.
"A Y & J has helped my company to get a sponsor license with A rating. We've got the licence in a week. Their compliance training was very clear and easy to follow. They were very prompt to respond to my emails. They actually listened to my request and tried their best to support me. They are now helping us with a skilled worker visa as well. I can definitely recommend A Y & J to anyone with needs in immigration. Thank you."

Boram Lee

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With A Y & J Solicitors managing your sponsor licence application, all the stress is taken out of the process. Contact our team today and let our specialist immigration lawyers give you the peace of mind you deserve that your application is in expert hands.

Frequently asked questions

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, schedule a free consultation via the booking calendar above, or request a call back via 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.


What are the eligibility requirements for a sponsor licence?

To apply for a sponsor licence, your organization must be active and legally established in the UK, with necessary registrations with relevant statutory bodies and appropriate planning permissions for your business premises.

  • As a UK sponsor licence employer, you must prove to the Home Office that you can provide genuine skilled employment at the appropriate salary level.
  • You must pledge to fulfil all the duties associated with the sponsor licence.
  • Individuals can’t usually sponsor, except sole traders looking to sponsor skilled workers in their business.

 

For assistance with any UK immigration law concerns, contact A Y & J Solicitors. We’re here to help!


How much does a sponsor licence application cost?

The cost of sponsor licence depends upon the size of your organisation. The Sponsor licence fee for medium to large organisations is £1,476. The Sponsor licence fee for a small organisation will be  £536.

You can calculate the cost of a sponsor licence application to your business by clicking here. 

Suppose you hold a ‘Skilled Worker’ sponsor licence and want to add a subcategory like the Senior or Specialist Worker Visa. In that case, you can apply without a fee through the Sponsor Management System.

Click here to read more about the cost of a skilled sponsor licence.


How can my organisation apply for a sponsor licence?

To apply for a sponsor licence, companies must file an online form with four key documents and a cover letter about their UK operations. The Home Office may request extra HR documentation and conduct compliance checks on-site or online, with alternative locations possible if needed.

Our team can conduct a mock audit of your HR procedures prior to your formal application being made to identify any weaknesses and put in place an action plan to rectify them.


What documents will my company need to apply for a sponsor licence?

Submit at least four mandatory documents with the Skilled Worker licence application. Document types vary by entity: public body, start-up, franchise, or SME.

Required documents may include:

  • Latest bank statement.
  • Employer’s liability insurance (minimum £5 million).
  • VAT registration certificate.
  • HMRC employer registration (PAYE and Accounts Office Reference Numbers).
  • Business premises ownership or lease evidence.
  • Recent accounts (audited if legally required).
  • Regulatory body registration, if applicable.

 

For Senior/Specialist Worker Visa subcategory, provide proof of common ownership with an overseas company.

Specific licences require different documents; our team offers tailored checklists.

Multiple sponsor licence subcategories can be applied simultaneously if criteria are met.

 


How can I get a sponsor licence?

To get a UK sponsor licence, employers should:

  1. Verify eligibility by ensuring they can provide necessary documents proving the company’s legitimate operation in the UK.
  2. Select the correct type of licence for their needs.
  3. Assign an Authorising Officer, typically a senior recruitment figure like a director or HR manager, to oversee the Sponsor Management System (SMS) and ensure compliance with sponsorship duties. Also, appoint a level 1 user, usually an employee, to manage the SMS and handle CoS assignments for migrant workers. Additional level 1 users can be added post-licence.
  4. Submit the online application and pay the fee, which is £536 for small or charitable organisations and £1,476 for medium or large organisations.

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