The concept of sponsorship is at the heart of the points-based system. Companies who want to employ a migrant worker must be their sponsor during their stay in the UK. And before the company can sponsor a migrant, they must obtain a sponsor licence.


Companies or organisations can apply for a ‘Sponsor licence’ if:

  • They are a genuine & legitimate organisation operating lawfully in the UK;
  • They are honest, dependable, reliable, and are not engaging and have not engaged in behaviour or actions that are not conducive to the public good;
  • The organisation ensure that they have the right human resource (HR) recruitment systems in place to comply with your sponsorship duties
  • They can offer genuine employment which meets the skill level and salary requirements;
  • There are no reasons to believe that they are a threat to immigration control


Once the sponsor licence is granted, they will be given a sponsor rating. For employers, this will be an ‘A rating’ or a ‘B rating’, and will be listed on the register of sponsors. Sponsorship licences are valid for 4 years.


The sponsor must also be A-rated, unless the applicant is applying for an extension to continue working for the same sponsor.
Companies can apply to have different tiers and categories on one licence, or they can have separate licences for different tiers and categories.

Processing Time of the Application:

In line with the Home Office service standards for processing Sponsors licence applications, the application process can take up to 8 weeks.

Asher and Tomar Solicitors have the expertise and experience to deal with complex immigration applications. Asher and Tomar Solicitors can representation and submit your sponsor’s licence at the Home Office (UKVI) as per your instructions. Our team of highly professional immigration solicitors in London and immigration solicitors in Cardiff have a proven track record of getting sponsor licence application approved by the Home Office.