5 August 2022

Skilled Worker Sponsor Licence And Visa – All You Need To Know

Thaxted Legal


Thaxted Legal is a UK based specialist immigration firm focused on helping businesses and individuals to achieve their immigration goals. We have particular expertise in sponsor licence applications and sponsorship compliance, work permits, innovator and start up visas, global talent, ancestry visas, family immigration and nationality applications.
Steps and requirements for Skilled Worker sponsor licence and Skilled Worker visa.
UK Immigration
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Skilled Worker sponsor licence is a highly beneficial asset to UK businesses due to shortages of local skilled workers in the UK. With the sponsor licence, UK business can employ foreign skilled workers from any country in the world. There are some key requirements and steps that businesses need to follow when applying for the Skilled Worker sponsor licence, and subsequently when issuing Certificates of Sponsorship (COS) to migrant workers.

The relevant requirements are published in the Home Office guidance on website. The way the information is explained in the Home Office official guidance can sometimes be difficult to comprehend for someone who does not have UK immigration experience. The record of the sponsors is also publicly available on website.

To simplify the matters, we put together the below Table with links to resources available on our website that can assist you in understanding and applying for the sponsor licence, certificates of sponsorship and Skilled Worker visas.

There are also other UK work visas, such as Global Business Mobility visa routes, that you may find useful for your business. Those are particularly relevant for businesses with international presence. For example, if you are an overseas business that intends to open a branch office in the UK you may apply for Global Business Mobility: Expansion Worker sponsor licence and bring employee(s) on Expansion Worker visa. The Global Business Mobility visa routes, including the Expansion Worker, unfortunately do not lead to settlement Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. Therefore, if settlement is your goal, then Skilled Worker licence is the option that does lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Sponsor licences and work visas are the key area of our immigration law expertise and we have successfully obtained immigration licences and work permits for many businesses. Well prepared applications are more likely to be approved faster and in many cases also help you to avoid the Home Office audit (visit) when applying for your sponsor licence. Should you encounter any difficulties in your applications or simply wish to have a professional immigration lawyer to help you, do get in touch with us.


Steps Requirements
Obtain Skilled Worker sponsor licence How to get sponsor licence: How much it costs: Key Personnel for sponsor licence:
Request and assign Certificate of Sponsorship (electronic work permit) Certificate of sponsorship (COS):
Skilled Worker visa application Skilled Worker visa key information: Skilled Worker visa minimum pay: Jobs on Shortage Occupation List (why it is relevant):
Work start date 28 days rule for work start date:
Right to Work Checks Right to Work checks before migrant starts work:
Pay attention to your sponsor duties and compliance Sponsor employer's duties and obligations: Home Office visit for an audit:
Sponsor licence renewal (renewal your licence before its expiry date) How to renew your sponsor licence:

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

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