Sponsor License Renewal Blog


For employers renewing a Tier 2 sponsorship licence under the points-based system it is essential to know what is expected of you as a licence holder and the processes you must follow to comply with the duties and responsibilities of licence renewal.

Employer Responsibilities

As an employer of a Tier 2 sponsored individual you must submit a sponsor licence renewal application through the online Sponsor Management System (SMS). The SMS is in place to:

• Manage or renew your organisation’s licence or services,
• Create and assign certificates of sponsorship to prospective Tier 2 employees, and
• Report changes of circumstances of your sponsored employees, including retraction of sponsorship.

You need to appoint someone within your business to manage the sponsorship process when you apply for a licence. The main tool they’ll use is the SMS and their role will be as an authorising officer responsible for the actions of staff and representatives who use the SMS. They will be a key contact with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and the Level 1 User responsible for all day-to-day management of your licence using the SMS.

UKVI advises that renewal applications be submitted at least three months prior to the current licence expiry date, and your Level 1 User should be able to pay an applicable fee, complete a sponsor declaration and request renewal online.

Sponsor Licence Compliance

As part of the sponsor licence renewal process, UKVI reserves the right to undertake compliance visit to sponsor businesses and request documentation deemed essential to their inquiry. Your Key personnel should take measures to ensure your business is ready to abide by the guidelines of a UKVI visit.

You should ensure that your business maintains up-to-date records for sponsored workers and carries out the required compliance checks and reports. Any changes to your sponsor licence should be reported before an extension application is submitted to UKVI. Also guarantee that licence management to date has been conforming to guidelines and that the application for renewal is accurate, timely and effective.

Professional Assistance

A representative cannot act on your behalf if they are not appropriately registered or are not based in the UK. Using a representative can assist in assembling the appropriate supporting documentation and assessing your systems and procedures before a UKVI visit.

YDVISAS specialise in all visa categories and are the best UK immigration lawyers in the UK. Please contact the expert team at YDVISAS, should you need any professional help with your visa application.

Disclaimer: The material contained in this article is for general information only, and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. Readers should seek an appropriate professional for advice regarding their particular circumstances.
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