If you wish to employ workers from outside of the European Union you will need to have obtained a Sponsorship Licence from the UKBA. The application process can be very complex and involve numerous documents to be submitted. Trust our experts to guide you through the process.
We aim to provide a comprehensive and efficient service which provides minimal disruption to your working environment. This includes a full service, from initial assessment of your business, your eligibility for a licence, the licence application, the collation of supporting evidence and guiding you through your on-going duties as a sponsor.
A sponsor licence, when granted, will last for four years unless it is withdrawn by the UKBA. The organisation will need to renew the licence prior to the expiry date in order to continue to act as a sponsor. Reminder notices will be issued by the UKBA but the responsibility to remain licensed will lie with the organisation.
There are two categories of sponsor. Organisation will be either rated A or B. Most sponsors will be A-rated but if the UKBA assesses your organisation as posing a risk to recruiting illegal migrants you may be awarded or downgraded to a B-rating. If you receive a B-rating, you will also receive a time-oriented action plan outlining what you must do to regain an A-rating. Failure to comply with the plan may result in loss of licence and therefore an inability to recruit non-EEA nationals. The UKBA may remove your sponsorship licence at any time if you are in breach of the legislation.
SKR Legal Solicitors can advise on your rights to apply for a sponsorship license while you are visiting, or coming to live and work in the UK.