Tier 2 sponsorship licence application – How to apply

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A UK based organisation that wishes to employ a non EU overseas applicant in the UK on a Tier 2 visa must have a valid Tier 2 sponsorship licence, but hundreds of Tier 2 sponsorship licence applications are rejected every year due to errors – such as failing to provide the correct documentation and information required, or failing a site visit from Home Office officials – meaning lost working hours and repeat applications.

Workpermit.com's team of visa experts can show you how to get a Tier 2 sponsorship licence by meeting all the conditions of your Tier 2 Sponsor application first time.

This guide is split into the following sections:


Tier 2 sponsorship licence Applications

In order to sponsor applicants, an employer will need to have registered with UK Visas and Immigration as a Licensed Sponsor. The Tier 2 Registration process can be quite difficult.  The employer will need to submit an online application and provide a number of original documents to apply for a Tier 2 Sponsor licence, and must accept a considerable number of responsibilities as a Tier 2 Sponsor.

If the Tier 2 sponsor application is successful the employer will have to keep good employment related records and notify the Home Office of changes relating to Tier 2 employees.

Workpermit.com's team of UK visa experts can help with Tier 2 sponsorship licence applications and registration and compliance in the following ways:

  • A consultation to determine if a Tier 2 Sponsor application is the best choice for your business

  • Completing and checking your Tier 2 Sponsor application form(s)

  • Managing and submitting all the appropriate supporting documents for your Tier 2 Sponsor application

  • Guidance on your employment and HR practices to make sure they comply with UK Visas and Immigration's Tier 2 Sponsor conditions

  • Advice on passing UK Visas and Immigration Tier 2 tests and site visits– both before and after your Tier 2 Sponsor application

For assistance with a Tier 2 Sponsor Application or advice on how to get a Tier 2 sponsorship licence please contact us on: 0344 991 9222 or at london@workpermit.com


Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

The Tier 2 sponsor will need to grant the applicant a Certificate of Sponsorship before they can apply for leave to enter the UK, or remain in the UK, under a Tier 2 visa. The Certificate of Sponsorship is confirmation by the employer .  it is easier if the employer wishes to employ someone currently based in the UK who is able to switch to a tier 2 visa from within the UK. If the tier 2 visa applicants needs to apply for a visa from outside the UK then the employer will need to apply for a restricted certificate of sponsorship which is allocated on a quota system and is more difficult to obtain.

Sponsorship Duties

The Sponsor has a number of record keeping and reporting duties for the applicants that it sponsors.

1. Record Keeping Duties:

  • Copy of the identification page of the applicant's passport.

  • UK immigration status document if not in the passport

  • Copy of Migrants Biometric Residence Card

  • Migrant's contact details

  • Copy of the Migrant's National Insurance Number

2. Reporting Duties:

UK Visas and Immigration must be informed of the following:

  • If a sponsored migrant does not turn up for his or her first day of work

  • If a sponsored migrant is absent from work for more than 10 working days, without the sponsor's reasonably granted permission

  • If a sponsored migrant's period of employment has ended as a result of the migrant resigning or being dismissed

  • If any registration that the sponsored migrant needs to work in the UK (such as with a governing body) is ended

  • If the sponsor stops sponsoring the migrant for any other reason (eg if the migrant moves into another immigration route that does not require a sponsor)

  • If there are any significant changes in the migrant's circumstances (eg change of job or salary excluding annual pay rise)

  • If the Sponsor has any information which suggests that the migrant is breaching the conditions of his or her leave

  • If the Sponsor has any information which suggests that the migrant may be engaging in terrorism or other criminal activity (The Sponsor must also pass any such information to the Police).


Further information, help, and advice

Workpermit.com's team of specialists has thirty years of experience in immigration services, and have helped thousands of people to study and work in the UK. We work with clients under Section 84 of the 1999 immigration act and can submit your UK Tier 2 sponsorship licence Application and visa application to UK Visas and Immigration at the Home Office. who can submit your UK visa application to the Home Office to be dealt with on the same day.

For more information and advice on UK immigration law and UK visa applications please contact us on 0344 991 9222 or at london@workpermit.com