The Skilled Worker route offers an opportunity for skilled overseas nationals with a job offer from a Home Office-approved sponsor. To obtain the Skilled Worker visa, you must be sponsored for a specific job that meets skill and salary criteria, by an employer holding a valid Skilled Worker sponsor licence. Embrace this sponsored pathway to work and thrive in the UK.
The Global Business Mobility – UK Expansion Worker Visa is designed for overseas businesses aiming to set up a branch or subsidiary in the UK. This route enables eligible businesses to sponsor senior managers or specialists temporarily assigned to undertake work related to the UK expansion. Take advantage of this sponsored pathway to grow your business presence in the UK.
As an employer looking to hire a non-settled overseas worker without existing work permission in the UK, you must apply for a sponsor licence through the Home Office. The type of licence application will vary depending on the worker’s intended immigration route. Each licence type has specific requirements. It’s important to note that since 31 December 2020, most EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals require sponsorship to work in the UK. We can guide you through the process to ensure a smooth sponsorship application.
Sponsor Licences are initially granted for 4 years. To continue sponsoring migrants, you must renew your licence before it expires. A successful renewal application extends your sponsor licence for another 4 years, allowing you to maintain your sponsorship privileges and continue employing overseas workers. We can assist you throughout the sponsor licence renewal process to ensure a seamless extension of your sponsorship.
After you submit your sponsor licence application, the Home Office will notify you of the decision—whether it’s approved or refused. Unfortunately, there is no right of appeal if your application is refused. However, if you face a sponsor licence refusal, there are other avenues to challenge it, such as Administrative Review or Judicial Review. Our team of experts can guide you through these processes to explore possible remedies and challenge the refusal decision effectively.
In the event that UK Visas and Immigration suspects that you have breached your sponsorship duties and your actions pose a threat to immigration control, they have the authority to suspend your sponsor licence temporarily. During this period of suspension, they will conduct further investigations to assess the extent of the breach and its potential implications. It is crucial to comply with all sponsorship duties and regulations to avoid the risk of suspension and maintain your ability to sponsor migrants. If you are facing such issues, our immigration specialists can assist you in understanding and resolving the situation effectively.
Should UK Visas and Immigration determine that you are seriously failing to meet your sponsor duties or you cease to operate in the UK, they have the authority to revoke your sponsor licence. This action is taken when there are significant and consistent breaches of sponsorship obligations or when a sponsor no longer conducts business activities in the UK. Revocation of the sponsor licence means that you will lose the ability to sponsor migrants under the Points-Based System or any other immigration category. If you are facing potential revocation, our immigration experts can offer guidance and support to address any issues and prevent such actions.