You can apply for T2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence if you are a faith-based organisation or religious order in the UK and you want to employ a foreign Minister of Religion. T2 Minister of Religion route is for the recruitment of a person who has a key leading role within their religious establishment or
organisation in the UK, such as a minister of religion, missionary, member of a religious order, or other religious workers in mainly pastoral roles. A minister of religion is a religious functionary whose main regular duties include leading a congregation in performing the rites and rituals of the faith and in preaching the essentials of the creed.

As of 1 December 2020, there is no longer a resident labour consideration (or equivalent) for the T2 Minister of Religion route.

For T2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence purposes, a religious order is defined  as a lineage of communities or of people who live in some way set apart from society in accordance with their specific religious devotion, and which must be part of a bona fide religious organisation. This includes, for example, a monastic community of monks or nuns, or a similar religious community involving a permanent commitment.

To be eligible for a Minister of Religion sponsor licence, you must be a bona fide religious organisation which:

  • has charitable status
  • is the structure for a faith-based community with a common system of belief and spiritual goals, codes of behaviour and religious practice, which exists to support and/or propagate common beliefs and practices and where beliefs:
    • include any religious belief or similar philosophical belief in something transcendental, metaphysical or ultimate
    • exclude any philosophical or political belief concerned with man, unless that belief is similar to religious belief
  • does not exclude anyone from your community on the basis of gender,
    nationality or ethnicity
  • receives financial and material support for your core religious ministry from your congregation or community on a voluntary basis, without promise or coercion
  • does not breach, or encourage others to breach, any UK legislation
  • does not work against the public interest, or have a detrimental effect on personal or family life as commonly understood in the UK

Initial Application For Sponsor Licence

You can apply for the Skilled Worker sponsor licence online on the Home Office, UKVI website. Once you have submitted your online application, you must then send to the Home Office, UKVI all of the following to validate your application. A valid application must:

  1. contain the submission sheet, which has been signed and dated by the Authorising Officer (all pages must be sent); and
  2. contain all of the documents listed on the submission sheet as mandatory documents; and
  3. all be sent in together within 5 working days of completion of the electronic application.

To get a Skilled Worker licence, you must apply to the Home Office, UKVI, supplying specified documents to prove that you are suitable and eligible. The Home Office, UKVI will carry out appropriate checks before deciding whether to grant the sponsor licence. The Home Office, UKVI considers an application to join the sponsor register by assessing whether you meet the relevant requirements. If your application for Skilled Worker Sponsor Licence is accepted by the Home Office, UKVI, you will be issued with SMS login ID and password to manage your sponsor licence online. Your sponsor licence will be valid for 4 years and can be renewed online prior to the expiry of the licence.

Renewal Of Sponsor Licence

You can apply for renewal of sponsor licence normally within a month before the expiry of the sponsor licnece. An application for the renewal of the sponsor licence is made online using the SMS Login details provided by the Home Office UKVI. A sponsor licence is normally granted by the Home Office UKVI for a period of 4 years and the Authorising Officer of the business holding the sponsor licence should apply online to renew the sponsor licence every 4 years. As a result of a successful application, the Home Office UKVI will renew sponsor licence for a further period of 4 years.

You can normally apply for renewal of sponsor licence one month before the expiry of your current sponsor licence. The Home Office UKVI will normally send you a few reminders by email about the expiry of the licence prompting you to apply for the renewal of the sponsor licence. You should apply for the renewal of the sponsor licence in a timely manner otherwise your licence may expire and you may have to apply for a new application for the sponsor licence and go through the entire process of getting the sponsor licence again.

Our sponsor licence solicitos specialists in dealing with applications for renewal of sponsor licence. As one of the best sponsor licence solicitors, our expert team of solicitors has wealth of knowledge and experience to provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee sponsor licence renewal services. We have successfully helped thousands of sponsors with the renewal of their sponsor licence. The high quality of our sponsor licence services is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the excellent legal services provided by our specialist immigration lawyers.

Our sponsor licence specialists can provide all the required help and guidance for renewal of your sponsor licence and carry out all the work until decision is made by the Home Office UKVI on the sponsor licence renewal application. As part of our professional legal services for sponsor licence renewal, our work will entail the following:

  • Advising you on the relevant criteria for the renewal of the sponsor licence;
  • Advising on the relevant procedures to be followed for sponsor licence renewal;
  • Helping you with the completion of the online form for renewal of the sponsor licence;
  • Helping with payment of the Home Office UKVI fee for the renewal of the sponsor licence;
  • Assisting you with Home Office Compliance visit, if the Home Office UKVI decides to conduct a compliance visit before deciding the sponsor licence renewal application;
  • Doing all the follow-up work until decision is reached on sponsor licence renewal application by the Home Office, UKVI.

Requesting Allocation Of Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

To sponsor a migrant worker, you should have Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) allocated to you by the Home Office UKVI. If you do not have a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) allocated to you by the Home Office, UKVI, you can submit a request for allocation of a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). Depending on the circumstances, you have to either request for undefined Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) or defined Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). An application for allocation of Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) can be made using Priority Service whereby decision on your allocation request will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 5 working days.

Our specialist team of sponsor licence solicitors can help you with your application for allocation of additional Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) through Priority Service so that you get a decision on your allocation request within 5 working days. We can help you with your application for allocation of additional Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) with a reasonable and affordable fixed fee.

Assigning Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) To The Migrant Worker

Once you have been granted a Skilled Worker sponsor licence you will be able to assign certificates of sponsorship (CoS) to migrants who wish to come to, or stay in the UK to work as Skilled Worker Migrants. For Skilled Worker workers, being assigned a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) is an essential part of qualifying for entry clearance (if they are outside the UK) or leave to remain (permission to extend their stay while in the UK).

As specialist sponsor licence solicitors, we can provide the required help and support with correcting assigning of a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for a fixed fee.

Sponsor Licence Compliance Visit

The Home Office UKVI can conduct a sponsor licence compliance visit to decide whether to grant a new sponsor licence or continue an existing sponsor licence. The UKVI compliance officer will deal with 2 main types of compliance visits:

  • pre-licencea ssessment visit
  • post-licence compliance visit

Need help and assistance with sponsor licence compliance visit? Contact our expert team of sponsor licence solicitors in London for fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services for compliance of sponsor licence visit. 

Pre-licence Compliance Visit

A pre-licence assessment visit is visiting the premises of an employer that has applied for a sponsor licence, or has an existing sponsor licence but is applying to add another Tier to it. The compliance officer's visit findings will be considered by Sponsor Operations when they decide whether to grant the potential sponsor a licence or an other Tier.

When carrying out a pre-licence assessment visit, the UKVI compliance officer will check:

  • the potential sponsor has the necessary human resource (HR) systems in place to make sure that, if they are licensed, they will be able to carry out their sponsor duties
  • the number of migrants they want to sponsor is appropriate to the size and nature of the organisation
  • whether there is any evidence that suggests the potential sponsor would pose a threat to immigration control
  • any areas of concern that Sponsor Operations have identified as requiring further inspection relating to the potential sponsor’s application, for example, verifying the original documents they failed to submit with their application
  • if the potential sponsor has applied for T2 or Skilled Worker sponsor licence, that they will genuinely be able to offer employment that meets the T2 or Skilled Worker route requirements at the correct skill and pay level

The sponsor must be able to demonstrate they have systems in place or ready so they can meet their sponsorship duties.

Post-Licence Compliance Visit

A post-licence compliance visit is to a sponsor who already holds a sponsor licence. The compliance officer may be carrying out a visit because:

  • Sponsor Operations have requested the visit in connection with:
    • intelligence about the organisation
    • the sponsor hitting a trigger point for the number of migrants they have sponsored
    • a sponsor licence renewal application
    • another unit in the Home Office has requested the visit as part of a joint operation
    • the sponsor is B-rated and is therefore subject to an action plan that now requires assessment
    • the sponsor has requested the visit
    • the Premium Service team have requested a visit

This list is not exhaustive but covers the main reasons compliance officer might need to carry out a post-licence compliance visit.

During a post-licence compliance visit, the UKVI compliance officer will assess:

  • the sponsor’s HR systems to ensure they are meeting their sponsor duties
  • whether the sponsor or the sponsor’s activities pose a threat to immigration control
  • whether the original number of CoS or CAS requested on the sponsor application or annual request is still justified
  • whether migrants working with the sponsor are complying with the conditions of their leave to stay in the UK
  • whether the sponsor continues to have a trading presence
  • whether sponsored workers were recruited to fill genuine vacancies which meet the requirements of the relevant immigration route in respect of skill level and pay

Announced and Unannounced Visits

The UKVI compliance officer can make an announced or unannounced visit, as the sponsor guidance makes clear to sponsors that they must allow Home Office staff access to any of their premises or sites under their control, on demand. Diplomatic or consular premises are exceptions to the requirement to provide access on demand.

If a sponsor refuses to allow the compliance officer access on demand, the visit report should record that the sponsor was non-compliant, which may result in the sponsor licence being refused or revoked.

Unannounced Visits

The compliance team of the UKVI will assess if the visit should be announced or unannounced. Visits should normally be unannounced, and,in particular,will be unannounced where:

  • the request has specifically asked for the visit to be unannounced as it is intelligence led
  • the compliance team consider an unannounced visit would achieve more accurate results -for example, for a sector based risk reason
  • there are serious concerns from previous visits that make the compliance team consider it more appropriate to visit unannounced

This list is not exhaustive.

Announced Visits

Announced visits allow certain benefits, for example,having the right person to speak to or having the full attention of the sponsor, since the compliance officer will be expected. In an announced visit, the compliance officer will advise the sponsor in advance what documents the compliance officer needs to see when going on an announced visit.

Migrant Issues and Illegal Working

During the compliance visit, the compliance will determine whether or not the sponsor has a potential illegal worker working for the sponsor. Employers must keep copies of passports and biometric residence permits for all sponsored migrants to comply with their record keeping duties as a sponsor.They also have a duty to comply with the law by not employing migrants who do not have permission to do the job in question, for example,a student whose job is 30 hours a week or a visitor with no right to work.

If the compliance officer finds an illegal worker on a sponsor’s premises but the sponsor has carried out checks as recommended in the illegal working guidelines, thesponsor will be classed by the Home Office as having a ‘statutory excuse’. The compliance officer will still report your findings to any or all the following:

  • Intelligence team
  • Civil Penalties Compliance team
  • Immigration Compliance and Enforcement (ICE)

Sponsor Duties

A sponsor is responsible for fulfilling certain duties from the day their licence is granted until:

Their responsibility for a migrant starts on the day they assigna certificate of sponsorship (CoS) and ends:

  • when they notify the Home Office that they are no longer sponsoring themigrant for any reason
  • when the migrantleavesthe UK and their entry clearance or leave to remain expires
  • when the migrant is granted further leave to remain with a different sponsor or in another immigration category
  • if the migrant is a Croatian national and hasworked lawfully in the UK for a period of 12 continuous months

Assessment By The Compliance Officer Of UKVI

The main focus of a UKVI compliance officer's role is on the sponsor, with a secondary focus on the sponsored migrants. A compliance officer will primarily be assessing:

  • that a licensed sponsor is meeting their sponsorship obligations
  • that a prospective sponsor has the necessary systems and procedures in place to meet their sponsorship obligations
  • the accuracy of information given on the sponsor licence application
  • whetherthe sponsor iscomplying with their obligations to prevent illegal working

Possible Outcomes Of The Sponsor Compliance Visit

The sponsor licence compliance assessment will lead to one of the following outcomes:

  • the sponsor licence application will be approved or, in the case of an existing sponsor, they will maintain their current licence status
  • refusal of the sponsor licence application or, in the case of an existing sponsor, they may:
    • have their allocation of CoS reduced or removed
    • for T2 and 5 sponsors, be downgraded to a B-rating and be issued with a time-limited action plan
    • have their licencesuspended
    • have their licencerevoked

The UKVI compliance officer could also decide if a sponsor qualifies for premium customer service.

Challenging The Refusal or Revocation Of Sponsor Licence

You can challenge the refusal / revocation of the sponsor licence by way of Judicial Review (JR) in the court. You must file Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) before you issue the Judicial Review (JR) proceedings to challenge the refusal / revocation of your sponsor licence.

Need legal help and assistance with challenging the refusal/revocation of the sponsor licence? Contact our expert team of sponsor licence solicitors in London for fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services for challenging the refusal or revocation of your sponsor licence. 

Challenging The Refusal Of Sponsor Licence Application

You can apply to request a review of your application if you think it was refused because:

  • the caseworker processing your application made a mistake
  • your supporting documents were not considered

If the decision to refuse is maintained by the Home Office, UKVI as a result of the review and you believe that the decision to refuse the application is unlawful, you can challenge the refusal decision by way of Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) and Immigration Judicial Review (JR) against the Home Office UKVI. Our expert team of sponsor licence solicitors can provide the required legal help and assistance with challenging the refusal of your sponsor licence application.

Challenging The Revocation Of The Sponsor Licence

The Home Office UKVI would normally suspend the sponsor licence and require representations and evidence from the sponsor before a decision to revoke the licence is made. We can make representations to the Home Office UKVI giving reasons as to why your sponsor licence should not be revoked following the suspension of the sponsor licence. If the Home Office, UKVI is satisfied with the representations made to the Home Office following suspension of the licence, the sponsor licence will be reinstated otherwise the Home Office will revoke the sponsor licence.

The sponsor licence is normally refused due to non-compliance of the sponsor duties by the licensed sponsor. If the sponsor licence is revoked and we find that the decision to revoke the sponsor licence is unlawful, we can help you challenge such decision by way of Pre Action Protocol (PAP) and Judicial Review (JR). If the legal challenge succeeds, the sponsor licence will be reinstated and your business details will once again appear in the register of sponsors.

How Can We Help With Challenging The Refusal / Revocation Of Sponsor Licence?

A decision to revoke the sponsor licence is normally made by the Home Office after suspension of the sponsor licence as a result of the Home Office compliance visit. If your sponsor licence is revoked by the Home Office UKVI, our expert team of immigration solicitors can help you challenge the licence revocation decision by way of Pre Action Protocol (PAP) and immigration Judicial Review (JR). Our expert team of immigration solicitors can assess the merits of the Home Office UKVI decision to revoke sponsor licence and advise you on the possible grounds for challenging the revocation decision. If we find that the Home Office UKVI decision to revoke the licence is unlawful, we can represent you in your Pre Action Protocol (PAP) and Judicial Review (JR) in order to challenge the Home Office revocatio of licence decision.  

Our Fixed Fees For Services Relating To Sponsor Licence

Our fixed fees for various services relating to sponsor licence are as given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fixed Fees Range
Our services for an initial application for sponsor licence to cover all the work until you get decision on your sponsor licence. From £2,000 + VAT To £3,000 + VAT
Our services for renewal of sponsor licence to cover work until you get decision on your sponsor licence renewal request From £600 + VAT To £1,000 + VAT
Our services for requesting allocation of a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from Home Office UKVI From £600 + VAT To £1,000 + VAT
Our services for assisting the sponsor with correctly assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to the migrant worker From £600 + VAT To £1,000 + VAT
Our services for providing help and support with the Sponsor Licence Compliance Visit of the Home Office, UKVI From £1,000 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT
Representations To Home Office UKVI following Suspension Of The Sponsorship Licence From £1,000 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT
Request for Review of the refusal of the sponsor licence application From £1,000 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT
Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) Against Refusal/Revocation Of Sponsor Licence From £1,000 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT
Judicial Review (JR) Against Refusal/Revocation Of the Sponsor Licence From £2,500 + VAT To £5,000 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the volume of casework involved in the matter. In addition to our fixed fee, the applicant may also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application, if applicable.

FAQs - Sponsor Licence

How can I apply for sponsor licence to employ migrant workers in my UK business?

You can apply for the Skilled Worker sponsor licence online on the Home Office, UKVI website. 

Once you have submitted your online application, you must then send to the Home Office, UKVI all of the following to validate your application. A valid application must:

  1. contain the submission sheet, which has been signed and dated by the Authorising Officer (all pages must be sent); and
  2. contain all of the documents listed on the submission sheet as mandatory documents; and
  3. all be sent in together within 5 working days of completion of the electronic application.
What is the eligibility criteria for sponsor licence?

o get a licence as an employer, you cannot have:

You’ll need appropriate systems in place to monitor sponsored employees and people to manage sponsorship in your business.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will review your application form and supporting documents. They may visit your business to make sure you’re trustworthy and capable of carrying out your duties.

What is a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)?

A certificate is an electronic document assigned by the Home Office approved sponsor to the migrant worker for the migrant worker to apply for the UK visa to work for the sponsor in the sponsor's UK business. Each certificate has its own number which a worker can use to apply for a visa.

The sponsor must assign a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to each foreign worker the sponsor wants to employ in the UK business.

When the Home Office approved sponsor assigns the certificate to a worker, they must use it to apply for their visa within 3 months. They must not apply for their visa more than 3 months before the start date of the job listed on the certificate.

What is a defined Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)?

A defined Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is normally assigned to a migrant worker who is being sponsored from outside the UK by the Home Office UKVI approved spnosor.

The Home Office UKVI approved sponsor must apply for defined Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for the foreign worker through the sponsorship management system (SMS). The sponsor will get access to the SMS when their application for sponsor licence is approved by the Home Office UKVI.

Applications for defined Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) are usually approved within one working day. It may take longer if UKVI need to carry out further checks on the information in the application. Defined Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) will appear in the sponsor's SMS account once they have been approved by the Home Office UKVI. The sponsor can then assign them to the migrant worker.

What is an undefined Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)?

An undefined Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is normally assigned to a migrant worker who is being sponsored from inside the UK by the Home Office UKVI approved spnosor. When a sponsor applies for the sponsor licence, they will be asked in the application form to estimate how many undefined certificates they will need for Workers and Temporary Workers in the first year.

What is the Home Office UKVI fee for assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to a migrant worker?

You’ll need to pay a fee when you assign a certificate to a worker. How much a certificate will cost depends on the type of sponsor licence you have.

Type of Licence UKVI Fee Per Certificate

Worker (except workers on the International Sportsperson visa)

£199

Temporary Worker

£21

International Sportsperson - where the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is assigned for more than 12 months

£199

International Sportsperson - where the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is assigned for 12 months or less

£21

If you assign a certificate of sponsorship to a worker on a Skilled Worker or Senior or Specialist Worker visa, you might also need to pay the immigration skills charge.

What is the job suitability criteria to sponsor a migrant worker?

You can sponsor a worker if the job they’re going to do has a suitable rate of pay and skill level, or meets the other criteria needed for their visa.

What are the various types of sponsor licence?

The types of two types of sponsor licence which include Worker licence and Tempoary worker licence. The licence you need depends on whether the workers you want to fill your jobs are:

  • ‘Workers’ - for skilled or long-term employment
  • ‘Temporary workers’ - for specific types of temporary employment

You can apply for a sponsor licence covering one or both types of worker.

What is a Worker Licence?

A ‘Worker’ licence will let you sponsor people in different types of skilled employment. The skilled work can be for a short time, long-term or permanent depending on the worker’s visa.

The Worker licence is split into:

  • Skilled Worker - the role must meet the job suitability requirements
  • Senior or Specialist Worker visa (Global Business Mobility) - for multinational companies which need to transfer established employees to the UK, previously the Intra-company Transfer visa
  • Minister of Religion - for people coming to work for a religious organisation
  • International Sportsperson - for elite sportspeople and coaches who will be based in the UK
What is a Temporary Worker licence?

A ‘Temporary Worker’ licence will let you sponsor people on a temporary basis, including for volunteering and job-shadowing. You can only get a Temporary Worker licence for specific types of employment and visas.

The Temporary licence is split into:

  • Creative Worker - to work in the creative industry, for example as an entertainer or artist (up to 2 years)
  • Charity Worker - for unpaid workers at a charity (up to 1 year)
  • Religious Worker - for those working in a religious order or organisation (2 years)
  • Government Authorised Exchange - work experience (1 year), research projects or training, for example practical medical or scientific training (2 years) to enable a short-term exchange of knowledge
  • International Agreement - where the worker is coming to do a job which is covered by international law, for example employees of overseas governments
  • Graduate Trainee (Global Business Mobility) - for workers transferring to their employer’s UK branch as part of a graduate training programme
  • Service Supplier (Global Business Mobility) - for workers with a contract to provide services for a UK company (6 or 12 months)
  • UK Expansion Worker (Global Business Mobility) - for workers sent to the UK to set up a new branch or subsidiary of an overseas business
  • Secondment Worker (Global Business Mobility) - for workers transferring from overseas to work for a different UK business as part of a high-value contract
  • Seasonal Worker - for those coming to the UK to work in ‘edible horticulture’ for up to 6 months (for example, picking fruit and vegetables)

You can also use the Seasonal Worker visa to sponsor:

  • pork butchery workers for up to 6 months
  • poultry production workers - until 31 December 2021
  • HGV drivers involved in food transport - until 28 February 2022
Who manages the sponsorship process within the business of the Home Office approved sponsor?

You need to appoint people within your business to manage the sponsorship process when you apply for a licence.

The main tool they’ll use is the sponsorship management system (SMS).

The roles are:

  • Authorising Officer – a senior and competent person responsible for the actions of staff and representatives who use the SMS
  • Key Contact Person – your main point of contact with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)
  • Level 1 User – responsible for all day-to-day management of your licence using the SMS

These roles can be filled by the same person or different people.

You can also appoint an optional Level 2 User once you have your licence. This is an SMS user with more restricted access than a level 1 user, for example they cannot withdraw a certificate of sponsorship.

At least one level 1 user must be your employee. You can have additional level 1 or level 2 users who are employed by third-party organisations that provide you with HR services. A temporary member of staff supplied by an agency can be a level 2 user.

You can allocate any of the roles to a UK-based legal representative, apart from the authorising officer role. Your representative must be qualified to give immigration advice or services.

What are the sutiability checks for the Authorising Officer, Key Contact Person, Level 1 User or Level 2 User?

You and your staff will be checked to make sure you’re suitable for these roles. You may not get your licence if anyone involved in sponsorship has:

You and your allocated staff must also:

  • be based in the UK most of the time
  • not be a contractor or consultant contracted for a specific project
  • not be subject to a bankruptcy restriction order or undertaking, or a debt relief restriction order or undertaking
  • not have a history of non-compliance with sponsor requirements

Your allocated staff must usually be paid members of staff, or office holders.

What the Home Office UKVI fees for the sponsor licence application?

You need to pay a fee when you apply for sponsor licence. The fee for sponsor licence application depends on the type of licence you’re applying for and what type of organisation you are.

Type of Licence UKVI Fee For Small or Charitable Sponsors UKVI Fee For Medium or Large Sponsors
Worker Licence

£536

£1476
Temporary Worker Licence

£536

£536
Worker Licence and Tempoary Worker Licence

£536

£1476
Add a Worker licence to an existing Temporary Worker licence

No Fee

£940
Add a Temporary Worker licence to an existing Worker licence

No Fee

No Fee

How to tell if you are a small or charitable sponsor?

You are usually a small sponsor if at least 2 of the following apply:

  • your annual turnover is £10.2 million or less
  • your total assets are worth £5.1 million or less
  • you have 50 employees or fewer

You are a charitable sponsor if you are:

How long it takes to get a decision on an application for sponsor licence?

Most applications are dealt with in less than 8 weeks. UKVI may need to visit your business.

You may be able to pay an extra £500 to get a decision within 10 working days. This service is limited to a small number of applications every working day. Faster decisions are allocated in the order that requests arrive (first come, first served).

You’ll be told how to ask for a faster decision after you apply.

Can I apply for review of the refusal of my sponsor licence application?

You can apply to request a review of your application if you think it was refused because:

  • the caseworker processing your application made a mistake
  • your supporting documents were not considered
What is Immigration Skills Charge?

You might have to pay an additional charge when you assign a certificate of sponsorship to someone applying for a Skilled Worker or Senior or Specialist Worker visa. This is called the ‘immigration skills charge’.

You must pay the immigration skills charge if the sponsored workers are applying for a visa from:

  • outside the UK to work in the UK for 6 months or more
  • inside the UK for any length of time
When is the sponsor not required to pay Immigration Skills Charge?

You will not have to pay the Immigration Skills Charge if you are sponsoring someone with one of the following occupation codes:

  • chemical scientists (2111)
  • biological scientists and biochemists (2112)
  • physical scientists (2113)
  • social and humanities scientists (2114)
  • natural and social science professionals not elsewhere classified (2119)
  • research and development managers (2150)
  • higher education teaching professionals (2311)
  • clergy (2444)
  • sports players (3441)
  • sports coaches, instructors or officials (3442)

You also might not have to pay the charge if you’re sponsoring a worker who was assigned a certificate before 6 April 2017 - there’s more information in the immigration skills charge guidance for sponsors.

You will not need to pay the charge for any of the worker’s dependants, for example their partner or child.

You will not have to pay the Immigration Skills Charge if you are switching from Student visa to either a Skilled Worker or Senior or Specialist Worker visa and then extend you stay on the new visa.