About Us
Global Law Experts Logo
Global Law Experts Logo

Find a Global Law Expert

Practice Area


Since 2010, the Global Law Experts annual awards have been celebrating excellence, innovation and performance across the legal communities from around the world.

A Comprehensive Guide to Sponsor Licence Applications

posted 10 months ago

Sponsor Licence Application: A Brief Overview

Navigating the complexities of the UK’s Sponsor Licence application can be daunting. This guide offers an overview of the process and its significance for UK businesses aiming to hire skilled overseas employees.

Understanding the Sponsor Licence

A Sponsor Licence, previously known as the Tier 2 Sponsor Licence, is essential for UK employers wishing to hire workers from abroad. This licence empowers businesses to issue Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) and sponsor foreign workers for Skilled Worker visas. This is particularly vital for sectors like Healthcare, Hospitality, Construction, IT, and Media, among others. The process to obtain this licence is stringent, and once acquired, businesses must adhere to rigorous compliance standards.

Why is it Essential?

If a UK business identifies a potential employee from overseas or believes the local talent pool doesn’t meet its needs, a Sponsor Licence becomes indispensable. This licence broadens the recruitment horizon, allowing access to international talent, and showcasing an organization’s dedication to equal opportunities and diversity.

Benefits of the Sponsor Licence

  1. Global Talent Access: With the licence, businesses can tap into a worldwide talent pool, addressing specific skill gaps that might be hard to fill locally.
  2. Business Growth: Introducing overseas talent brings fresh perspectives, fostering innovation and ensuring businesses stay competitive globally.
  3. Promoting Diversity: Hiring from abroad enhances workforce diversity, leading to a plethora of ideas, experiences, and cultural insights.
  4. Credibility & Compliance: Holding a sponsor licence underscores a business’s commitment to UK immigration laws, reflecting its credibility.
  5. Economic Contribution: By hiring skilled overseas workers, businesses play a role in bolstering the UK’s economic growth.

Who is a ‘Skilled Worker’?

A skilled worker is someone with a job offer from a licensed organisation and has been issued a CoS for a government-approved role. Unless the role is in a shortage occupation, it should be at level 3 or above on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Specific eligible roles can be found in the Appendix Skilled Occupations.

Deciphering Sponsor Licence Ratings

Upon applying for a sponsor licence, businesses undergo a compliance assessment with UK regulations. They are then awarded a rating of either A or B. An A-rating, the pinnacle of compliance, signifies that a business has met all eligibility criteria and is committed to the guidelines for hiring overseas talent. However, maintaining this rating demands continuous adherence to immigration rules and transparency in operations, with the possibility of periodic checks by the UK government.

In essence, obtaining and maintaining a Sponsor Licence is a strategic move for UK businesses, paving the way for growth, diversity, and global competitiveness.

Read the complete Sponsor Licence Guidance guide on Lexus Law’s Immigration Insight.

Find the right Legal Expert for your business

The premier guide to leading legal professionals throughout the world

Practice Area
0 m+


who are already getting the benefits

Sign up for the latest legal briefings and news within Global Law Experts’ community, as well as a whole host of features, editorial and conference updates direct to your email inbox.

Naturally you can unsubscribe at any time.

Newsletter Sign Up

About Us

Global Law Experts is dedicated to providing exceptional legal services to clients around the world. With a vast network of highly skilled and experienced lawyers, we are committed to delivering innovative and tailored solutions to meet the diverse needs of our clients in various jurisdictions.

Contact Us

Stay Informed

Join Mailing List