Sponsor licences, formerly known as Tier 2 sponsor licences, are an increasingly popular way to expand your organisation’s recruitment outreach. Here at Vira International, we want to provide you with all the important information that your organisation may need when applying for a sponsor licence, including the required documents needed for submission.
What is a Sponsor Licence?
A sponsor licence is a government-issued licence which allows for UK-based organisations to employ highly skilled workers who are currently based overseas (or who are already within the UK on another visa sponsorship). Once approved, a sponsor licence will remain valid for up to four years, with the option to renew it at the end of this period.
How Can Organisations Apply for a Sponsor Licence?
Organisations that are looking to apply for a sponsor licence from the Home Office are required
to submit an online application form, along with a covering letter which provides valuable background information about the organisation and their reasons for applying for a sponsor licence. The application form must also include at least four supporting documents as evidence of the organisation’s trading presence within the UK.
In some cases, the Home Office will request more information from an organisation after they have submitted their application. For example, they may require more supporting documents or evidence to showcase the organisation’s ability to meet the designated sponsorship duties.
Whilst the Home Office assesses an organisation’s eligibility for a sponsor licence, a compliance visit may also take place. Vira International’s team is here to help you navigate each of these steps if and when necessary.
Our Immigration team at Vira International are extremely experienced in helping organisations successfully gain sponsor licences. To find out more about the process, especially if you are considering making an application, you can contact our consultants via our website for expert advice about sponsor licences.