Sponsor Licence

UK businesses who want to hire non-UK resident workers must hold a Sponsorship Licence. Mulgrave Law are Sponsor Licence specialists. Here to help you every step of the way.

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Brexit has brought free movement to an end, many sectors across the UK have been struggling to recruit staff. The UK now lacks skilled workers across many sectors such as technology, finance, hospitality, medical etc. Due to this shortage of local talent UK employers are choosing to recruit from overseas to fill the gap in the labour market.  To sponsor a skilled worker from overseas, employers must comply with UK immigration law and need to obtain a Sponsor Licence first.

Sponsor Licences will either fall under the Skilled Worker or Temporary Worker category.
The type of role you are hiring for will determine which Sponsor Licence you will need. Valid for 4 years with a renewal option it allows UK businesses to hire international workers from outside the UK under the Skilled Worker route (previously known as Tier 2), Intra Company Transfer (ICT) route, and Tier 5 routes. Applying for a Sponsor Licence can be complex, businesses need to meet a specific set of strict conditions and timelines while applying and continue to meet guidelines once the licence has been granted.   

If you need to apply for a Sponsor Licence, the next step is to get the ball rolling by either giving us a call or by completing our contact form to book FREE a consultation. Our experienced, client centric lawyers will help you overcome challenges  that companies often face when going forward with a Sponsor Licence.


What you can expect from your Free 30-minute Consultation

At Mulgrave Law, we pride ourselves in making things simple! We guarantee advice that is clear, jargon free and tailored towards your specific industry. We offer a 30-minute free of charge initial consultation through video conference. On your consultation our friendly expert lawyers will answer your questions, And:

Assistance we offer once you are granted a sponsor licence

We always go the extra mile to make the application process a stress free one and provide continuous guidance. We are committed to you, which makes us your ideal partner. Once you have obtained a sponsor licence, we provide the following additional services:

Frequently Asked Questions about Sponsor Licences

In order to qualify for a Sponsor Licence, your company needs to prove that it is a genuine business; That there is a genuine vacancy; That the company has key personnel (such as an Authorising Officer) in place to carry out the obligations as a sponsor; The business you are applying for a sponsor licence has no previous adverse compliance history.

Sponsor Licences are valid for 4 years with the option to renew in the fourth year.

A Certificate of Sponsorship is an electronic document with a unique reference number that a Sponsor (Employer) must issue to the migrant worker to enable them to submit a visa application under the sponsored routes such as Skilled worker, ICT and Temporary worker.

A COS must confirm the worker’s personal details, the job title, duties, salary, location where the job will be carried out, the start and end date of employment and the relevant code.

Your business will need to have a robust human resource and recruitment system in place to be able to comply with your sponsorship duties and to maintain records as evidence of your compliance. If the Home Office has concerns about your ability to comply, your licence application could be refused or your licence being revoked after being granted.

The Home Office has introduced a priority service where businesses seeking to apply for a sponsor licence can now request for their application to be processed within 10 working days for an additional fee. The standard processing time for a sponsor licence application is up to eight weeks.

What our clients are saying

Had a great experience with Mulgrave when getting a Partner Visa application through for my girlfriend. Mehreen was so quick to respond and the whole process was very smooth and next steps were clarified throughout which helped us worry less. Would highly recommend!
David Cross
David Cross
Thank you Mehreen and Mulgrave Law. We used Mulgrave Law’s expert guidance to obtain our UK sponsor licence and Skilled worker visas for our employees. Mehreen is highly professional with a very in-depth knowledge of UK immigration law, she went over and beyond to provide a very personalised service all at a very competitive cost. Since then I have been using Mulgrave Law for our ongoing corporate immigration advice. I highly recommend Mulgrave law, they really are great at what they do. Thank you again.
Bilal Nasir
Bilal Nasir
We engaged Alisha and Mehreen at Mulgrave to help us with a sponsor licence application; they were always knowledgeable and helpful and provided excellent service and support throughout, always cheerfully going that one step further to help us. We would highly recommend Mulgrave to anyone without reservation. Nigel Scott, Director CCPS Ltd
Nigel Scott
Nigel Scott
I cannot express the level of personalized and professional service I was given by Alisha Pereira at Mulgrave. She has gone above and beyond for me during such a vulnerable time while I was pursuing my application for further leave to remain. She is caring, thorough and just an amazing solicitor. I cannot begin to thank her enough. At my BRP appointment the agent processing my application said this was the most well put together application she had ever seen. So much so that it was approved in 3 business days. While I know that is not a standard turn around time, her dedication and attentiveness to my individual application made it so the Home Office could easily approve without question. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Alisha. I will absolutely be using you again in 2 1/2 years for my indefinite leave to remain.
Alanya Vale-Wigley
Alanya Vale-Wigley
Highly recommend Alisha Pereira at Mulgrave law solicitors. We have just received our first spousal visa. Her work is amazing. And all quite quickly 🙂 Without her help we wouldn’t of got this chance to become a family finally living together under the same roof. I will definitely be coming back to Alisha in the future for our next visa applications. And I will also be recommending her to other people who are in the same situation as we was. Her work is very well presented and we can’t thank you enough you are a star THANK YOU ♥️ Xxx
Zekeriya Şeker
Zekeriya Şeker
I can’t recommend Alisha and her team highly enough. She is kind, compassionate and extremely professional. Alisha did exactly what she proposed from start to finish and I wouldn’t like to imagine doing it without her My fiancé is now in London and thanks to Mulgrave Law we are planning our wedding. Thank you Alisha!
Matt Fry
Matt Fry
My partner and I highly recommend Alisha. Our visa process was seamless, easy and quick with her help. It was very reassuring to be guided by Alisha - very knowledgeable and professional. Mulgrave Law was reasonably priced for the high level of service provided.
Annie N
Annie N
Many thanks to Mulgrave law, who quickly, professionally, modestly and prudently helped me get my student visa renewed in China, which was originally a visa application that needed to be completed in my home country! Although part of the reason is that I can't go back to China to renew my visa, I can't do without Mulgrave law's great help and professional service! Highly recommend Mulgrave law!
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I have been working with Alisha over the last couple of months for my husbands spousal visa. The whole process has been smooth and easy. She is professional, courteous and very helpful. The application process is complicated and she was available to answer all our questions. I am happy with the service provided and we got the visa!!!! I would higly recommend to everyone.
Fi Rouge
Fi Rouge
It was great & a very smooth spouse Visa application it was made so easy and worry free by Mulgrave Law “Mehreen” She was amazing at organising and keeping track of everything and making sure everything in order and will be successful. I Thank Mulgrave Law very much for their service and support. Special Thanks to Mehreen.
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