How to Apply for a Sponsoring License in 4 Easy Steps

A sponsorship license is a document that allows UK-based companies to hire workers from around the world, to hire them and use their skills, and, of course, pay them for it. In fact, the employer gets a license to sponsor a non-UK worker to improve business and profitability. This program also exists for talented students, i.e. the university can sponsor the study of a talented person, and then stay and contribute to the state economy and obtain citizenship. Surely, there are some main conditions that apply to both parties.

The company or organization must have a plan of what it wants to achieve, and how it will do it. This way you apply to the Home Office and you can check if you meet the requirements. In fact, you will have a lot of work to do, because the tutorial for this program is full of rules, on a nearly 200-page document.

At one time, EU member states were able to participate in the UK program without a visa, but that changed after Brexit. Since then, even the EU member states have had the same rules as everyone else. The only exception is Ireland, whose residents do not need sponsorship to stay and work in the UK.

What’s in the UK visa sponsorship?


This type of visa applies to visas for talented workers, the Global Business Mobility program, or temporary employment. To obtain such a document, you need to have a licensed employer who can issue this visa.

A sponsorship license allows employers to sponsor workers of any professional profile. It is important to know that only companies and organizations can have this license. Individuals can not join this program. You can check for more details at

When the sponsor receives the license, they agree that:

– They will meet to solve all the problems of the workers, but will also fulfill all obligations to them.

-The sponsored worker is professional, trained, and trained, but also knows British English well.

-Workers are adequately paid according to the complexity of the work.

-The sponsor fulfills the obligations on time, according to the talent and skills.

– The treatment of the worker is fair, just as if he is a resident of the United Kingdom.

If any of these points are not met, the sponsor may lose the license, which may result in the employee leaving or revoking the visa.

How the application process goes?

The application is submitted to the Home Office, and the people there should review it, in order to approve it. The best thing is that it really doesn’t matter if your business is new, existing, big, or small. You need to be eligible to get the license. So, you will have to:

1. Get to know the eligibility criteria


The organization must be based in and operated in the territory of the United Kingdom. There must be at least one employee resident in the UK in order for the application to be considered. This means that the main conditions for eligibility are for the organization or company to operate and/or trade lawfully on the territory of the UK or for the company to have its headquarters in the UK. Without this, the application will be rejected. There is an exception for businesses that apply the remote working model but must provide proof that they are taxpayers in the UK.

2. Provide the needed documents to the Home Office

The company owner i.e. the employer must provide financial documents, to prove they can support the worker, with all the paid benefits. Also, they need to prove their residency status, and of course, an address where the company is based. Another document is the proof that the role is needed in the organization, and why they decide to hire foreigners, instead of residents.

During the approval process, the Home Office may ask for additional documents, that you may need to provide. If you don’t provide that proof on time, your application may get denied.

3. Know your duties

As a sponsor who owns a license, you have some duties to your home country. You always need to evaluate the skills and talents and keep a record of their performance. Since the country helps you finance the whole thing, you will be required to monitor and report the whole thing. Don’t forget to notify the Home Office if come conditions or circumstances are changed in the meantime.

4. Be very specific


In your application, you are trying to get access to the Sponsorship Management System. Probably you will need to fill up a form, to include these things:

-Your contact information

-Description of your job

-Specify what type of license do you need

-Include all the needed documents

Don’t forget to include every aspect of your plan, so it can easily get approved. If needed, hire an attorney or lawyer to help you complete the form. Surely, you will have to pay the application fee (check on the price with the Home Office) and provide proof that you did that.

Take your Appendix A document, which is a mandatory one. Be ready for the Home Office to ask for additional documents, like insurance certificates, audited accounts, bank statements, etc.

In the description, include all the details about the job position, explaining the company hierarchy, and the specific role the sponsored worker will take over. Include the details about salaries and absence conditions. When you are ready, submit the application, and wait for the answer.


Even though it seems like a lot of work to do, things will go easier once you submit the application. The Home Office can explain what’s wrong with it (if there is some issue), and how to resolve it. For every review, it takes up to a month to be approved or denied or to ask for additional documents.

And probably, these are the easiest steps you have to accomplish in order to get that sponsorship license for you, as an employer.