Sponsor License

The concept of sponsorship is at the heart of the points-based system. Companies who want to employ a migrant worker must be their sponsor during their stay in the UK. And before the company can sponsor a migrant, they must obtain a sponsor licence.

Companies or organisations can apply for a ‘Sponsor licence’ if:

  • They are a legitimate organisation working within the law in the UK;
  • There are no reasons to believe that they are a threat to immigration control; and
  • The organisation ensure that they have the right human resource (HR) systems in place to comply with your sponsorship duties

Once the sponsor licence is granted, they will be given a sponsor rating.  For employers, this will be an 'A rating' or a 'B rating', and will be listed on the register of sponsors. Sponsorship licences are valid for 4 years.

Companies can apply to have different tiers and categories on one licence, or they can have separate licences for different tiers and categories. 

  • Government Feesv
    • Home Office fees for Sponsor Licence Application
        Tier Fee for small sponsors or sponsors with charitable status Fee for medium or large sponsors
      Tier 2 £536 £1476
      A small company is defined as one that does not have a turnover of more than £6.5million, a balance sheet total of more than £3.26 million and not more than 50 employees.
  • Our Feesv
    • Type of Service Professional Fees (in GBP)
      Manage your application £250
      Postal- Full representation service £850
      Super Priority Service - Minus Representation N/A
      Super Priority Service - Full Representation N/A
      Document Verification Service £250
      Telephone Consultation £100 per/hour
      Face to Face consultation £100 per/hour
      Form Filling Service £150 per application
      ** All our fees include all the taxes.
      ** For full description of the services, please refer to our ‘Services’ Section on our website.  
  • Processing Timesv
    • In line with the Home Office service standards for processing Sponsors applications, the application process can take up to 4 weeks to 8 weeks.

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