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Sponsor Licence Application Fee

Companies wanting to recruit international workers are required to have a valid sponsor licence and are required to pay a fee to be granted such a licence.

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    Costs Involved With Sponsor Licence Application

    Each sponsor licence is granted for a four-year period. An initial application fee is payable when first applying for a licence. This amounts varies depending on the type and size of the organisation applying for the licence.

    Once the licence has expired, holders wishing to continue recruiting overseas workers must make a sponsor licence renewal application. If they do not do so, then they will be unable to hire new foreign workers or extend the work visas for current employees.

    The renewal is done via the Sponsorship Management System and requires the applicant to pay the correct sponsor licence application fee – the amount again varies depending on the size and type of employer.

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    Sponsor Licence Applications Costs

    The current cost of the Sponsor Licence fee is as follows:

    Licence type Small or Charitable sponsor Medium or large sponsor
    Worker £536 £1,476
    Temporary Worker £536 £536
    Worker and Temporary Worker £536 £1,467

    Eligible for Small Business Sponsor Fee

    The type of organisation is decided using a number of factors sent by the UK Immigration Services. In order to qualify for the reduced sponsor licence application fee then an applicant must meet at least two of the following three conditions:

    • Have an annual turnover of £10.2 million or less
    • Total assets worth £5.1 million or less
    • Have less than 50 employees

    Any companies or organisations that do not meet these requirements will be classed as a medium or large sponsor rather than a small or charitable sponsor and therefore will need to pay the higher charge.

    Immigration Skills Charge

    As well as the application fee, applicants also need to pay the Immigration Skills Charge if they are planning to sponsor a foreign worker on a Skilled Worker Visa or a Senior/Specialist Visa. This additional charge must be paid at the same time as issuing an employee with a Certificate of Sponsorship.

    However, the Immigration Skills Charge is not payable if an organisation is sponsoring someone to work in one of the following job roles:

    • Sportsperson
    • Chemical Scientist
    • Clergy
    • Research and Development Managers
    • Higher Education Teaching Professionals
    • Physical Scientists
    • Social and Humanities Scientists

    Certificate of Sponsorship costs

    Another cost for an employer is the price of issuing a Certificate of Sponsorship. This charge varies according to the type of worker being sponsored. As a guide, the fees per certificate are as follows:

    • Worker Licence- £199
    • Temporary Worker Licence- £21
    • International Sportsperson (more than 12 months)- £199
    • International Sportsperson (less than 12 months)- £21

    Paying The Visa Application Fee

    In most cases, the worker coming to the UK will be responsible for paying their own application fees as well as the Immigration Health Surcharge.

    However, if this fee is to be covered by the sponsoring employer then this must be registered on the Sponsorship Management System.

    Opting for Sponsor Licence Priority Service

    According to the Home Office, the current processing time a sponsor licence is eight weeks. However, it is possible to pay an additional fee to help speed up this time – it is important to note that this does not guarantee an application will be approved.

    The priority service costs an additional £500 on top of the Sponsor Licence application fee and means the application will be processed within ten working days.

    However, there are only a limited number of priority service spots available each day which are offered on a first come, first served basis.

    Companies who wish to sponsor skilled workers via the the Global Business Mobility and Scale-Up Visa routes are not able to apply via the pre-licence priority service.

    How Can London Immigration Lawyers Help?

    London Immigration Lawyers have a proven track record of helping clients with a broad range of immigration queries as well as helping employers recruit workers from overseas.

    Whether you need help with applying for a new Sponsor Licence, or if you need help renewing your current licence, we are here to help.

    If you require assistance with your Sponsor Licence application, get in touch with our team today for further guidance.

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              Frequently Asked Questions

              Every licensed sponsor must comply with specific duties, set by UK immigration law, which are:

              • Preventing any abuse of the assessment procedures;
              • Do not discriminate any of your migrant workers;
              • Report any employee behaviour that may cause concern;
              • Monitor compliance with Immigration Rules;
              • Keep up-to-date records of your international workforce.

              One of your responsibilities as an employer is to check if each job applicant is allowed to work in the UK. Part of being a Sponsor Licence holder is that you ensure you:

              • Check the applicant’s original documents;
              • Make and keep copies of the migrant’s record;
              • Check the employee’s right to work and live in the UK online, if you are provided with a reference number.

              If the migrant is unable to show any document because of an outstanding visa application, you must ask the UKVI to check the employee’s immigration status. Before you can employ the migrant, you must wait for a Positive Verification Notice from the Home Office.

              If your foreign employees’ right to work is time-limited, you will need to recheck their documents when they obtain a visa renewal.

              It is possible to apply for a single licence that covers all offices. When applying, the UKVI will ask for evidence that the head office is linked to any branch listed.

              If the head office has its licence suspended, the revocation will apply to all  branches.