UK Employer Sponsorship Licence

Employer Sponsorship Licence basic requirements 

To obtain an Employer Sponsorship Licence a business must meet the following basic requirements:
  • You must be a genuine business such as a corporation or a limited-liability partnership, or a sole trader. 
  • You must be operating legally in the United Kingdom. 
  • There must be no evidence that your business or key personnel could present a threat to UK immigration control (for example, by having a history of immigration violations). 
  • You must nominate staff members to fulfill the required immigration compliance roles in your business, or nominate UK Visa Bureau or a legal representative to perform some of these roles on your behalf. 
  • You must be able to meet your responsibilities as a sponsor and ensure you have effective HR systems.
  • You must supply the Home Office with all documents requested. 
  • Meet any other requirements for the specific immigration tier under which your prospective employee is working.

Successfully receiving a sponsorship licence and being placed on the register of sponsors does not guarantee that the employees you choose will be given permission to enter or stay in the UK.

Employees must meet the requirements for their visa and entry clearance, and remain compliant with the conditions of their stay.

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