Sponsor Licence Applications – Priority Service

Business immigration | November 2021

Since 1st January 2021, any UK business seeking to employ overseas nationals, including EEA and Swiss Citizens must hold a Sponsor Licence. This is a formal licence, granted to businesses that have been authorised by the Home Office to employ migrant workers who do not have permission to work in the UK under any other immigration category. The process of obtaining a licence involves making an online application, appointing key personnel to help manage the licence, paying the correct fee and submitting specified evidence to demonstrate that the business is established and reliable. In some cases, the Home Office will also pay a visit to the Sponsor’s business premises.

Once submitted, most applications are decided within 8 weeks. For an additional £500, the pre-licence priority service will reduce that window to 10 working days.

Read further on how the Sponsor Licence priority service works and learn about its limitations

Call our Canary Wharf immigration solicitors now on 020 7205 2115 to discuss securing and managing your Sponsor Licence and acquire Skilled Worker visas for employees .