The foremost requirement for a sponsor licence application is that the employer’s organisation or Business must be fully functional and trading lawfully in the UK.
The employer can apply for more than one sponsor licence for its different branches, depending on the need.
The employers can self apply for the licence or can go through expert UK immigration lawyers in London.
If the Home Office identifies, the employer cannot fulfil sponsorship duties; their sponsor licence can be rescinded.
Sponsor licence procedure
You are required to make an online sponsor licence application with 4 specified supporting documents asked bUy the Home Office. The documents furnish actual proof of trading presence and functionality. Additionally, you are also required to provide background information about the company.
Sometimes, the Home Office asks to furnish additional documents such as evidence of the company’s HR processes; and policies to assess whether the company can fulfil compliance requirements and sponsorship duties.
Processing time for the application
Usually, the time interval for sponsor licence applications processed is 8 weeks. During the assessment of sponsor licence applications, the Home Office can conduct a compliance visit at the company establishment.
You must regularly comply with the Home Office regulations and sponsorship requirements and duties. At any time, if the Home Office finds your sponsorship duties unfulfilled, your application may be rejected, and if you already hold a sponsor licence, it may be revoked.
It is best to take immediate action with the help of immigration experts. A Y & J Solicitors have some of the best immigration lawyers in London, who provide tailor-made solutions to your problem. They awarded the best immigration law firm’s award.
Their team can conduct a mock audit of HR procedures before the formal application process to identify any gap in the case and put an action plan to rectify it.
Cost of sponsor licenceAA
- The sponsor license cost depends upon the organisation’s size for which the employer is seeking the licence.
- Medium and Large organisations pay £1,476.
- Small organisations pay a £536 sponsor licence fee.
Validity of the Licence
Once your sponsor licence application has been approved, your licence is ,valid for 4 years and needs renewal at the end of every fourth year.
Resident Labour Market test
Before the Brexit transition period, the UK employers who want to hire skilled workers through sponsorship needed to conduct a Resident Labour Market Test(RLMT)
RLMT means especially advertising the job for 28 days to see if there are any settled workers available to fill the vacancy as needed by the employer. A settled worker means a British citizen or European Economic Area national, or someone who has indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
If the employer comes across any overseas skilled worker, then the entire advertising campaign began afresh. This process made companies bear heavy advertising costs; the application procedure and processing time was more and did not prove to be beneficial.
Post-Brexit period the Resident Labour Market Test exterminated. Now from 01 January 2021, any UK employer need not do RLMT.