- Page Contents
- Initial Application For Sponsor Licence
- Renewal Of Sponsor Licence
- Requesting Allocation Of CoS
- Assigning Of CoS
- Sponsor Licence Compliance Visit
- Challenging Refusal / Revocation
Of Sponsor Licence
- Our Fixed Fees For Various Services
Relating To Sponsor Licence
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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
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:
- contain the submission sheet, which has been signed and dated by the Authorising Officer (all pages must be sent); and
- contain all of the documents listed on the submission sheet as mandatory documents; and
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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)
A sponsor is responsible for fulfilling certain duties from the day their licence is granted until:
- they surrender their licence
- they let their licence lapse
- the Home Office revokes their licence
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.
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 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.