If you are an employer wishing to sponsor someone for a visa, or someone with a job offer from a company willing to apply for a license to sponsor you, then here is a brief summary of the process to obtain a Sponsor License from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
UKVI consider the holding of a Sponsor License to be a duty of trust – they are sharing the responsibility of border control with the license holder. It is a legally upheld grant of responsibility. The authority to grant a ‘Certificate of Sponsorship’ (COS) to an employee is therefore considered a privilege which carries mandated obligations.
These obligations include monitoring the employee closely, and reporting changes to their circumstances or role. As a result, UKVI require certain checks and balances to be in place within the company’s HR procedures, and companies get audited on these procedures.
Steps required to sponsor an employee:
The above steps are time-consuming, and a company should be aware that the process is arduous! (Nikki always says to companies that she cannot stress that word enough!) It should only be entered into if there is a genuine time-commitment to seeing the process through properly, or the license is likely to be rejected on incorrect documentation (requiring a new application), refused due to not qualifying (meaning that the company cannot apply again for 6 months), or taken away at a later date due to not preparing properly for an audit. The latter of course means that any people being sponsored would also lose their visa.
With that having been said, Nikki would love to work with you and walk you through the steps if you need or want to go ahead!
de Prey Consulting is an immigration consultancy based in Edinburgh, UK. Nikki advises clients on the variety of visa applications for entering or remaining in the UK. For more information read about her background in About dPC.