A sponsorship licence gives employers the ability to hire skilled non-EEA workers, but it also carries compliance duties. Our team are specialists at assisting clients through sponsorship license applications and advising on their compliance duties.

What the Home Office call a ‘Tier 2 (General)’ licence will allow you to sponsor and employ skilled workers from outside of the EU. This is the main path for skilled migrants with a valid job offer from a licenced sponsor to live and work in the UK.

Sponsor Licences are granted for an initial period of 4 years. Employers must either pay the migrant a minimum salary of either £20,800 for ‘New Entrants’ or £30,000 for experienced workers depending on the position offered.

Employers and HR directors need to understand that sponsor licences come with strict compliance obligations, which if not met, can result in large fines and even prison sentences.

Our immigration experts provide a bespoke service to help clients manage their sponsor licence responsibilities and keep you up to date with any changes to relevant regulations.

How we can Help

Constantly changing laws and policies make immigration compliance an ongoing challenge.

Our specialist immigration solicitors offer the following services:

  • Advice on applying for a sponsor licence
  • Advise you about issuing a Certificate of Sponsorship
  • Advise you on UK settlement for your employees
  • Assist your employees and their families on initial entry and extension applications
  • Carry out mock Home Office audits
  • Help you to manage the sponsorship process by acting as your appointed Level 1 user and Key contact
  • Implement or refine your processes and procedures
  • Keep you up to date with any relevant legal and procedural changes.
  • Manage the smooth transfer of staff from your overseas branch to the UK
  • Training and advice to adapt HR processes to make sure you are compliant with Home Office obligations.

How we can Help

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for a Tier 2 Sportsperson visa, the applicant will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration eligibility requires and must:

  • Be recognised by the sport’s governing body as an elite sportsperson or qualified coach
  • Endorsed by the sport’s governing body
  • Have a certificate of sponsorship from their approved sponsor
  • Know English to the CEFR Level A1 (speaking and listening)
  • Have enough money to support yourself without relying on public funds

There are additional criteria which may apply depending on your circumstances. As part of our service, we will assess your situation and provide advice on which requirements you need to achieve including a bespoke documentation list.

How Does My Company Apply?

To apply for a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence, you will need to fill in the online application form and send it to UKVI along with the required supporting documents.

We advise drafting a strong covering letter to send with the application, which clarifies any details or relevant background information, such as corporate structures. Our team can help with this too.

In some circumstances, you could receive a visit from Home Office immigration officials who will examine your HR policies and procedures systems to check your business can meet its compliance requirements.

The Advantages of a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence

One of the main advantages for businesses is the ability to be to hire foreign talent which can be an essential tool for the successful operation and growth of a business.

We have extensive experience of helping companies acquire and maintain their Tier 2 Sponsor Licences.

How Do I Apply?

What If My Application is Refused?

You must take advice and submit a strong application the first time, as in some cases, you cannot reapply for 6 months if your Sponsor Licence is refused.

You can only re-apply if there has been a simple case working error or the supporting evidence has not been considered properly. We can apply for a ‘pre-licence error correction’ on your organisation’s behalf.

Should the ‘pre-licence error correction’ procedure not succeed, and your application is refused then there is, unfortunately, no right of appeal. The only option then is to challenge the decision via judicial review.

Our team can expertly advise and represent you in challenging a decision.

Renewing a sponsor licence

A sponsorship licence is granted for an initial period of four years and may be renewed 3 months before the expiry date if the company wishes to continue to sponsor any non-EEA nationals.

We advise clients to carry out a mock audit to ensure that the company is compliant with their obligations before applying for the sponsor licence to be renewed.

We can advise on all aspects of the sponsor licence renewal process, as well as ensuring that corporate clients are compliant with their obligations before the application is made.

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Our Expertise

Our specialist Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence solicitors will be by your side throughout all stages of your visa application. They will discuss your circumstances and present you with options on how to proceed.

Legal advice should always be sought before an application is submitted, the case must be argued well and in detail to show evidence that you meet the requirements.

Why Choose Us?

Our solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with all types of visa matters. They will expertly guide you in all aspects of your immigration and are ideally positioned to explain any complexities and can represent your position robustly in order to achieve your desired outcome. We have helped many individuals across the country through the sensitive and complex process of visa applications.

How to Get in Contact

Please call us on 01234 350 244 or email us at info@dvsolicitors.com for further information and advice about our family visa application services. We will happily provide you with a free initial discussion about your individual circumstances.

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