Sponsorship Licence Application 2024 to sponsor Migrant Workers within UK and from abroad using Home Office Sponsor License- Sponsorship Management System SMS- Helping Businesses to Grow


Recruiting employees is a lengthy and cumbersome process. In particular, where recruited is from different countries. You might be busy doing interviews, screening, referencing and other business activities. In that case, you can trust for all visa and sponsor licensing applications, reporting and compliance requirements. We as an OISC Registered Immigration Consultants have competence and experience do all work on immigration side. We will take care of everything for you from making application for sponsor licence, issuance of Certificate of Sponsorship called CoS and making visa application for newly recruited employees from inside and outside UK. We have 100% success rate in sponsor licence applications since 2006, see latest decisions for our clients. We have clients range from IT companies, warehouses, nursing homes to private medical groups. We have worked with a variety of industry sectors for sponsor licence applications. They include small businesses (even single member companies) to large emplyers such as medical practices, care homes regulated by Care Commission, The Care Inspectorate (CI), children special education schools and care, regulated by Ofsted, IT companies, Restaurants and many more small and large employers for their sponsor licence applications and post licence services. We are top rated visa advice business, establish in 2006. In 17 years of our business history, customer service has always been on the top of our corporate values. That is the reason, our clients have rated us 5 Star on Trustpilot, Google, Yell, Facebook and other feedback platforms. As our immigration practice licence is for whole of the UK, therefore we can serve you in any part of the United Kingdom including England, Wales, Scotland and rest of the world.

Verify our Registration on the UK Government website. We are Regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC, Home Office, UK). Registration Number: F201100207.

Video on Applying for Sponsor Licence, Application Requirements

Our CEO Mr. Naveed covered following aspects of the UK Employer Sponsor Licence in this video:

  1. Who needs an Employer Sponsor Licence?
  2. Three Step Process for Sponsor Licence Applications
  3. Labour Market Test for Sponsor Licence and Skilled Worker Visa
  4. Categories covered under Sponsor Licence Applications
  5. Types of Sponsor Licence for Employers
  6. UK Sponsor Licence Application Cost and other Fees
  7. Validity Period for Sponsor Licence
  8. Licence Rating A and B for Employer Sponsor Licence
  9. Processing time for Sponsor Licence Applications
  10. Other Home Office Costs for Sponsor Licence- Cos & Immigration Skilled Charge ISC
  11. Documents Required to make a successful Sponsor License Application
  12. Our Services and Support for Sponsor Licence Applications
1. Who needs an Employer Sponsor Licence? 2. Three Step Process 3. Labour Market Test 4. Categories covered under Licence 5. Types of Employer Licence 6. Licence Fees 7. Validity Period 8. Licence Rating 9. Processing time 10. Other Home Office Costs- Cos & Skilled Worker Charge 11. Documents Required for License Application 12. Our Services and Support
  • Sponsor Lisence Application ZR Visas UK
  • Sponsor Lisence Application ZR Visas UK(1)
  • Sponsor Licence Application ZR Visas UK
  • General UK Sponsor Licence Application Service ZR Visas

Eligibility Requirements to sponsor a migrant worker from outside of UK using a Defined Certificate of Sponsorship

  • Employer is required to have an appropriate sponsor licence. The UK Home Office deals with license applications.
  • The employee has certificate of sponsorship (CoS) from your employer showing job role and  job code
  • Job must be on the list of eligible occupations
  • Employee must be paid a minimum salary. The salary requirements varies and depend on the job role. The minimum salary for skilled worker visa is £26200

Health and Care Skilled Worker Visa for Medical Professionals

Newly introduced Health and Care skilled worker visa is a fast visa route for medical professionals to come and work in UK. The doctors, nurses, dentists, consultants and midwives around the world are equally eligible to apply as long as they are registered with the professional medical bodies in the UK. We offer one-stop shop solution and advise you all aspects of licensing and visa requirements. Read more details about Health and Care visa.

Sponsor Licence Application Approvals for Our Clients- Success Stories

The approvals for the Sponsor Licensing applications and issuance of CoS since since 2006.

  • Certificate of Sponsorship CoS Application Undefined Premium Service ZR Visas 23 Mar 2024
  • UK Sponsor Licence Application Employer ZR Visas UK 27 Nov 2023
  • UK Sponsor Licence Application for Approved Employer ZR Visas 26 Oct 2023
  • Certificate of Sponsorship Application Licenced Sponsor ZR Visas 27 Aug 2023
  • UK Employer Sponsor Licence Application ZR Visas UK 20 Jan 2023
  • UK Employer Sponsor Licence Application ZR Visas UK 22 Dec 2022
  • Employer Sponsor Licence CoS Allocation 29 Sept 2022 ZR Visas UK
  • Sponsor Licence Application 1 July 2022 ZR Visas UK Skilled Worker
  • Employer Sponsot Licence App 10 Feb 2022 ZR Visas
  • Employer Sponsor Licence UK 28 Jan 2022 ZR Visas Home Office
  • Sponsor License Application 18 Jan 2022 CoS ZR Visas UK
  • Sponsor Licence Application 1 Mar 2022 ZR Visas UK

Feedback for a Sponsor Licence Application

ZR visas has provided services for us to secure Sponsorship license. Naveed (from ZR Visas) was quiet cooperative and was keeping me up to date with the process and documentation. On top of that, they are quiet approachable. I am looking forward to work with them again.

5 July 2021, Trustpilot

Professions including IT Consultants, Healthcare Professionals, Chefs, Management Experts

To sponsor an employee in a skilled worker job, the job mus fall into one or more the jobs specified in the recognised professions list or shortage occupation list. The professions which normally falls in the worker visa route are (but not limited to):

Financial managers, marketing managers, purchasing, human resource, storage and warehousing, information technology (IT), social care, doctors, nurses, chemical, biological scientists, engineers, Veterinarians, Actors, entertainers and presenters, Taxation experts, Importers and exporters, IT engineers. There are hundred’s of other professions. Contact us for full assessment.

Employer sponsor license applications

UK companies and businesses who wants to bring talent in UK should have been approved by the Home Office as an approved employer. Employers are issued a sponsor license. A sponsor licence is valid for four (4) years, project managers, graphics designers, Chartered and certified accountants, lawyers, solicitors, Quality control and planning engineers,  Artists,

Cost of sponsor licence applications

The fees for licence depends whether you are a small sponsor or falls into large sponsor category. A company with less than 50 employees and annual turnover up to £10.2 is classed as a small sponsor for employer sponsor licence application.

For a small employer to employ worker and temporary worker, fee is £536. For medium and large sponsors, fee for worker licence is £1476 and for temporary worker fee is £536. If you would like to apply in worker and temporary worker category, the higher fee will be applied.

Types of Sponsor Licence

There are two types of sponsor licence Worker License and Temporary Worker License. The type of licence you need will depend on the type pf job you want to offer to your employees such as long term or short term. Skilled worker visa, minister of religion visas, intra-company transfer visas and sportsperson visas falls in worker licence. Seasonal worker, government authorised exchange worker for work experience, charity worker, religious worker, creative or sporting worker and international agreement worker comes in the definition of temporary worker license.

Processing time for sponsor license application

The most of the applications are decided within 8 weeks. For an additional fee of £500, application can be fast-tracked and decision is made within 10 working days. All businesses whose applications are approved will get A rating. The rating can be downgraded to B if business fails to meet the sponsor duties such as failed to report an employee absent from the work. Action plan is required to get the A rating again after implementing the recommendations of the Home Office.

Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) – Defined CoS and Undefiend CoS

CoS are electronic record in the sponsorship management system (SMS) and are issued to the employees. In simple words, these are electronic authorisation confirming that employee is being sponsored by an approved sponsor in the UK. Defined CoS are issued to the employees who are recruited from outside UK. The Home Office must approve the request for Defined CoS which usually take one working day. Undefined CoS are allotted to people employed inside UK and in all other categories not covered by Defined CoS. Employer are responsible for paying CoS fees.

Worker CoS Fee £239
Temporary Worker CoS Fee £25

Immigration Skilled Charge for Skilled Workers and Intra-company transfer visas

The CoS issued in the skilled worker visa and intra company transfer visas have to pay extra fee which is called Immigration Skilled Charge (ISC). Charge is only applicable if employing someone from outside UK for more than 6 months or inside UK for any duration of job. Some job are exempt from paying this charge.

Charge for 12 months is £364 for small sponsors and £1000 for medium and large approved sponsors
For each additional 6 months period, £182 for small approved sponsors and £500 for large and medium sponsors

For example, a small sponsor who employ someone for 2 years will pay £364 x 2, a total of £728.

Our Services: One Stop Solution from Licensing Application to Visas Applications and Citizenship

  • We offer wide range of services:
    • Full Employer Licence Application to become Home Office Approved Sponsor
    • Check eligibility of your business for sponsor license to become an approved employer
    • Sponsor Licence Renewal Application
    • Home Office Action Plan Advice
    • CoS Issuance
    • CoS Annual Allocation Applications to UKVI
    • Defined Certificate of Sponsorship Applications
    • Undefined Ceritificate of Sponsor CoS Application
    • UKVI Pre Licence and Post Licence Premium Services (Premium services are provided by UKVI, subject to availability)
    • Sponsorship Action Plan Compliance for B Rated Skilled Worker Sponsor Licence (formerly Tier 2 Sponsors)
    • Retention Services for sponsorship management system (SMS)
    • Visa Application of Employees
    • Visa Extension of Employees
    • Indefinite Leave to Remain (Permanent Residence)  of Employees
    • Detailed Feasibility Reports for any of above matters
    • Naturalisation applications for workers

Book Our Services OnlinePre Licence Services to become a Licenced Approved Employer

To become a UK Approved Licenced Sponsor to sponsor migrant workers from in the UK or from abraod, you need a sponsor licence. We can fully prepare your application. If you are not sure about your suitability, you can book an assessment service. Our fees are fixed and all inclusive.

Sponsor Licence is the first step to become a licenced sponsor. After approval of sponsor licence application, please see post licence services.

Full application service for Sponsor Licence£1,500Preparing and submitting sponsor application as UK registered advice firm. Unlimited support and advice until licence application is decided.
Assessment only service for sponsor licence application£1000Full Assessment before making the sponsor licence application. To know eligibility and suitability. This service is assessment only. Application preparation is not included.
If you are thinking to make an application to become a licenced sponsor, above the only services we offer for new applications.

Post Licence Services- After a Successful Sponsor Licence Application

As you now have a valid employer sponsor licence, you can start getting ready to sponsor migrant workers in your organisation. As mentione above, getting a sponsor licence approval is the first step, not the last. Before you can sponsor a worker, you need allocation (UK Home Office permission).

To sponsor migrant workers in the UK- In most of the sponsor licence applications, allocation (permission to sponsor skilled worker in UK who are already in UK on different visa such as students) is not granted. In some applications, allocation is also granted. Please check sponsor licence decision letter for your current allocation. Theforefore, an application need to be made to the Home Office for allocation. The allocation is valid for 12 months. Renewal of allocation may also be required and in some cases, absolute necessary if you wish to keep sponsoring migrant workers.

To sponsor migrant worker who are abroad- There is no allocation as part of sponsor licence. This is rule, no exceptions. Therefore, you will have to make an application to Home Office to get permission on ‘as and when required’ basis for number of migrant workers you wish to sponsor. Permission normally valid for 3 months. If not used witin 3 months, a new application will be required. Our fees does not include UK Home Office Official fees.

How we can help- We can provide full advice and support for all follow on services. We can only do that if we are your registered legal representative. You will need to add us as your legal representative in SMS (Sponsor online system for licenced sponsors) for all the services below. Once we are added as your legal representative, we can provide advice on the services below. After you book any of the following services, we will provide full guidance & support on adding us ‘Legal Representative’ in SMS without any additional cost to you. Depending on the circumstances, you may need following services. First 3 services are very commonly used services by most of our clients.

UnDefined CoS Application- Annual CoS Allocation to Home Office/ Additional CoS Request (Sponsor worker from Inside UK)£600Want to sponsor skilled worker from inside UK but do not have allocation.

An application to the Home Office for annual CoS or request to increase the CoS quota to sponsor immigrants who are already in the UK on other visa caegories such as student, skilled worker visa. 

Home Office typicaly processing time 1-4 weeks.
Defined CoS Application to Home Office (Sponsor workers from Outside UK)£600Want to sponsor skilled worker from outside UK but do not have approved permission.

An application to the Home Office for Defined CoS to sponsor migrants from outside UK. Home Office typicall processing time 8-10 weeks.

UK Home Office approval will expire after 3 months. Therefore CoS should be used before that.
Issue CoS to Employee (Minimum quantity 3)£500Issue Certificate of Sponsor (CoS) to a potential employee. Minimum quantity 3 (£500 x 3 Employees = £1500. Any unused credit will expire after 12 months). Once issued, candidate will be able to use CoS to make visa application.

You have to have prior allocation/Home Office permission to issue CoS to use this service.
Visa Application for Employee£600Fully prepare and submit visa application for skilled worker visa. Advice from start to the point of decision on the application by the embassy or Home Office.
Licence Renewal Application £1000Employer sponsor licence is valid for 4 years. Full application service to renew licence for another four years. Renew sponsor licence to keeping employing foreign professionals. Full application preparation and submission service.

If licence not renewed on time, you will not able to continue sponsoring migrant workers. A new application for sponsor licence may be required.
Skilled Worker Visa- Employee Assessment£600Assessment of a proposed employee for their suitability of Skilled Worker Visa. Use this service if you are not sure if an potential worker will qualify for sponsorship under immigration rules.
Home Office Action Plan£2000When Home Office has downgraded licence rating from A to B when you applied to renew your licence or for your application to get a sponsor licence or during UKVI audit. Full advice to implement the action plan provided by the Home Office and follow up to achieve A rating.

On B rating, will not be able to issue new certificates of sponsorship until you’ve made improvements and upgraded back to an A-rating.
For all of the above services, businesses will have to add us as legal representative on Home Office Sponsorship Management System (SMS) first to get advice and support. For urgent matters, we may create an exception for first service.

Sponsor Licence Application refused or reject- Defiend CoS Application Refused- Get Professional advice from top rated UK Registered Immigration Firm

If your application for a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) or an application for Sponsor Licence has been refused by UKVI, it can be a stressful, disruption to your business and a frustrating experience. In this case, getting immigration advice and support from an immigration may be helpful. 

An application for a sponsor licence can be refused for numerous reasons such as providing incorrect or insufficient information as part of the sponsor licence application can lead to the refusal. Also, false documents can also be a reason for refusal of the sponsor licence application. In some instances,  businesses who previously held a sponsor licence were revoked for a potential breach of the immigration rules. Failure to provide the mandatory required information and documents  as part of the sponsor licence application can also be a reason for refusal of sponsor licence application. In some cases, the Home Office can request further information and documents to make a decision on the sponsor licence application. Normally, limited time, mostly 10 days, is allowed to submit the required evidence. The delay in providing the documents and information or if they are not provided to the satisfaction of the Home Office, the sponsor licence application is likely to be refused. 

Our firm provides assistance with the sponsor licence applications including refused applications for sponsor licence and rejected applications for certificate of sponsorship (CoS). Your allocated caseworker will look at the reasons for the refusal and rejection and will advise on preparing a fresh application. Our team of experts can help to mitigate the reasons for refusal for your new application for sponsor licence or an application for a defined certificate of sponsorship or undefined CoS . 

Normally there is no right to appeal if your sponsor licence application has been refused. In limited circumstances, a request for review of the application can be filed. On receiving your instructions, your allocated caseworker will look at the best possible to proceed with your immigration. As usual, we always work in your best interest.

Are small businesses eligible to apply for sponsor licence UK such as small IT companies, single member companies?

The eligibility criteria for a sponsor licence are the same for small and large restaurants, as well as other businesses such as small IT companies. Small business owners often ask if they can apply for a sponsor licence, and the short answer is ‘yes’ as long as they meet the suitability and eligibility criteria. Yes, small businesses are eligible to apply for a sponsor licence as long as they have a genuine need to sponsor a migrant worker for the smooth running or expansion of their business. Small and newly started businesses are eligible to apply for a sponsor licence as long as they have a genuine need to sponsor a migrant worker for the smooth running or expansion of their business. For instance, a Thai restaurant would require a skilled chef to prepare authentic Thai dishes. Similarly, an IT company with only 1-2 employees would need an IT consultant to take on a big contract. Sole traders, partnership firms and companies can apply for sponsorship licence, irrespective of their size. However, each case is unique and decided by the Home Office on its merits and demerits. Our team of UK immigration experts has helped many small businesses, including one director companies, to get approved for an A rated sponsor licence for skilled workers, to sponsor migrant workers from inside the UK and from abroad. If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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