➢ Requirements for obtaining a sponsor license: 

◦ Not having unspent convictions related to immigration violations or other criminal offenses

◦ Not having undergone a sponsor license revocation within the previous 12 months

◦ Being registered with Companies House

➢ Visit https://www.gov.uk/uk-visa-sponsorship-employers/types-of-licence and check what type of license you need to apply for 

➢ Requirements to apply for a sponsor license: 

◦ Establish appropriate HR systems that enable you to keep up-to-date records and meet your sponsor-related responsibilities 

◦ Be prepared for potential visits by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to assess compliance

◦ Implement procedures to guarantee that only eligible candidates are granted a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) 

➢ Required documents: 

◦ Documents vary depending on the visa category. For more info, visit this link

➢ You must apply online on the website of the Home Office

➢ Application fee: £536 for most companies 

➢ Processing time: Up to 8 weeks

➢ Post a job ad on VideoWorkers and select from the candidates who applied or search the database directly

➢ After finding a good match, conduct the interview and make a job offer, then sign an employment contract

➢ Request a CoS through the Online Sponsorship Management System (SMS) 

➢ Requirements:

◦ Provide detailed information regarding your workers’ duties and their expected salary

➢ Application fee: £199 for workers hired under a worker license and £21 for workers hired under a temporary worker license 

➢ Processing time: Approximately one business day 

➢ Your future worker must submit the application online through gov.uk 

➢ Required documents: 

◦ Valid passport 

◦ Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

◦ Proof of English proficiency 

◦ Job title, annual salary, and occupation code 

◦ Proof of sufficient means of subsistence (e.g., bank statements or CoS highlighting the employer’s ability to support the worker) 

◦ Criminal record certificate 

◦ Valid ATAS certificate 

◦ Results of a tuberculosis test

◦ UK PhD certificate or Ecctis reference number (if the qualification of the applicant is from outside the UK, they must apply through Ecctis to have their qualification recognized)

➢ Application fee: Fees vary based on visa type (e.g., between £625 and  £1,423 for a skilled worker visa and £259 for a seasonal work visa) 

➢ Processing time: Approximately 3 weeks

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