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The Home Office has announced that from 6 April 2024, they will remove the requirement for sponsors to renew their sponsor licence.

This means that if your sponsor licence is due to expire on or after this date, you will no longer need to apply to renew your licence or pay a renewal fee.

A sponsor licence is typically valid for four years, after which businesses must renew the sponsorship licence to continue sponsoring foreign skilled workers.

It's advisable to start the renewal process well in advance of the licence expiry date. This allows for any unforeseen delays and ensures that there is no interruption in the ability to sponsor workers. Proactive planning and adherence to the renewal timeline contribute to a smooth and successful renewal process.

At Moeen & Co. Solicitors, we understand the importance of maintaining your sponsorship licence and the challenges that may arise during the renewal process.

For legal assistance with your sponsor licence renewal application, contact our business immigration solicitors at 0203 959 7755 or fill in our contact form.

Table of Contents

  1. What is a sponsor licence renewal?
  2. What are the requirements for renewing a sponsor licence?
  3. What documents are required for sponsor licence renewal?
  4. How to renew your sponsor licence?
  5. Sponsor licence renewal fees
  6. When to apply for renewal of sponsorship licence?
  7. How long does sponsor licence renewal take?
  8. How can we help with the renewal of your sponsorship license?
  9. Frequently asked questions

What is a sponsor licence renewal?

A sponsor licence renewal is the process through which organisations renew their permission to sponsor foreign skilled workers under the Points-Based System in the United Kingdom.

The sponsor licence renewal process is not always straightforward, as the Home Office rules for sponsors change regularly. It is recommended to seek professional advice from an immigration solicitor before making an application for renewal of your sponsor licence to ensure you meet all the eligibility requirements and have provided all the required supporting documents.

Should you require any assistance with the renewal of your sponsor licence, our team of experienced solicitors is here to support you. Feel free to reach out to us at 0203 959 7755 for any queries or legal advice regarding your sponsor licence renewal.

What are the requirements for renewing a sponsor licence?

When renewing your sponsor licence, you must meet all eligibility requirements to ensure a successful application. Failure to fulfil these requirements may result in delays or even the rejection of your renewal request.

Sponsor licence requirements

  • Continued need for sponsorship: You must demonstrate that there is still a genuine need for you to hold a sponsor licence. This involves providing evidence that shows you will continue to sponsor migrant workers, such as job vacancies and workforce plans.
  • Compliance with immigration laws: You must comply with all UK immigration laws and regulations during your current sponsorship period. This includes ensuring your migrant workers have the necessary permissions and that you have met your reporting obligations.
  • HR systems and records: You must have good HR systems and processes in place to manage your sponsored workers effectively. This includes maintaining accurate and up-to-date records of your migrant employees, their assignments, holidays, punctuality, and any changes in their circumstances.
  • Training and monitoring: As a sponsor, you are responsible for providing appropriate training to your key personnel involved in the sponsorship process. This ensures that they understand their obligations and can effectively fulfil their roles. Additionally, you must have monitoring mechanisms in place to identify and rectify any instances of non-compliance.
  • Employment practices: Your employment practices should adhere to UK labour laws and regulations. This includes ensuring that your sponsored workers are treated fairly and receive the same employment terms as settled workers.
  • Record-keeping: It is essential to maintain accurate and complete documentation related to your sponsorship activities. This includes records of recruitment, sponsorship, and compliance with immigration rules.
  • Cooperation with the Home Office: You must cooperate with the Home Office throughout the renewal process. This involves providing any requested information or documentation promptly and being responsive to any queries or requests for clarification.

By addressing and fulfilling these requirements, you increase your chances of a successful sponsor licence renewal. For detailed guidance and assistance with your renewal application, contact us at Moeen & Co. Solicitors on 0203 959 7755.

What documents are required for sponsor licence renewal?

When renewing your sponsor licence, you will need to submit certain documents to demonstrate your continued compliance with the sponsorship requirements.

The primary documents you will need to provide as part of your sponsor licence renewal application include:

  • Updated contact information, including details of key personnel.
  • Confirmation of compliance with all relevant immigration rules and regulations.
  • Details on intended employee(s) and the currently sponsored employee(s).
  • Details of your organisation's staffing structure, including job and descriptions.
  • Proof of your organisation having adequate HR systems in place to manage sponsorship compliance and monitor foreign workers.
  • Proof of your organisation being registered with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), such as a copy of your HMRC employer's reference number.
  • Additional documents may be required depending on your specific circumstances.

Remember, meeting all the requirements and submitting the necessary documents within the specified timeline is crucial for a successful sponsor licence renewal application. Our team of immigration solicitors at Moeen & Co. Solicitors is here to assist and guide you through the entire process, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free renewal.

If you have any questions or require assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at 0203 959 7755 or email us at info@moeenco.com.

How to renew your sponsor licence?

The sponsor licence renewal process involves several steps that need to be followed diligently. By familiarising yourself with these steps, you can ensure a smooth renewal process and avoid any potential complications that may arise.

Here are the key steps involved in renewing your sponsor licence:

  1. Review the Renewal Requirements: Before applying for a sponsor licence renewal, it is important to familiarise yourself with the renewal requirements. Ensure that your organisation meets all the necessary criteria to proceed with the renewal process smoothly.
  2. Gather the Required Documents: The renewal application requires the submission of various documents that demonstrate your continued eligibility as a sponsor. These documents may include employee records, financial information, and compliance records. Collect all the necessary documents required for the renewal application.
  3. Updating Information: It is essential to review and update your sponsor licence information, such as contact details and key personnel, to ensure accurate records.
  4. Completing the Renewal Application: The online renewal application must be completed accurately and submitted within the specified timeframe. Any errors or omissions can lead to delays or rejections.
  5. Paying the Renewal Fee: The renewal process incurs a fee, which must be paid promptly. Failure to pay the fee can result in delays or even the revocation of your sponsor licence.
  6. Prepare for Compliance Audits: UK Visas and Immigration may conduct compliance audits to ensure that sponsors are meeting their duties. Be prepared to provide evidence of compliance if requested.
  7. Wait for a Decision: Wait for the UKVI to review your application and make a decision. It typically takes several weeks.
  8. Responding to Requests for Additional Information: During the renewal process, the Home Office may request additional information to support your application. Promptly responding to these requests is crucial to avoid delays or potential refusal.

By understanding the sponsor licence renewal process and following the necessary steps, you can maintain your sponsorship privileges in the UK and continue to benefit from the advantages of being a licensed sponsor.

If you need expert guidance or assistance with the sponsor licence renewal process, Moeen & Co. Solicitors is here to help. Contact us at 0203 959 7755 for support throughout your sponsorship journey.

When renewing your sponsor licence, it is important to be aware of the associated fees. The sponsor licence renewal fee is an essential payment that must be made to maintain your sponsorship privileges in the United Kingdom.

Currently, the sponsor licence renewal fee is between £536 to £1476 depending on the type and size of the organisation.

Type of licence Fee for small or charitable sponsors Fee for medium or large sponsors
Worker £536 £1,476
Temporary Worker £536 £536
Worker and Temporary Worker £536 £1,476
Add a Worker licence to an existing Temporary Worker licence No fee £940
Add a Temporary Worker licence to an existing Worker licence No fee No fee

Please note that these fees are subject to change, and you should always check the most up-to-date information on the UK government's official website before applying for a visa.

When to apply for renewal of sponsorship licence?

It is recommended to apply for renewal of sponsor licence at least three months before the expiry of your current licence. This allows sufficient time for processing and avoids any disruption to your sponsorship activities.

It is essential to plan ahead and submit your sponsor licence renewal application well before your current licence expires. Late applications may result in the suspension or revocation of your licence.

How long does sponsor licence renewal take?

Processing times may vary, but it usually Home Office takes 8 weeks to process sponsor licence renewal applications. Early submission and accurate documentation can expedite the process.

If you require a faster decision on your sponsorship licence application, you may opt for the sponsor licence priority service. With this service, you can expect a decision within five working days of submitting your application, compared to the standard timescale of eight weeks.

How can we help with the renewal of your sponsorship license?

When it comes to renewing your sponsorship licence, seeking guidance and advice can greatly assist you in navigating the process effectively. At Moeen & Co. Solicitors, we understand the importance of maintaining your sponsorship privileges in the United Kingdom, and we are here to provide expert assistance throughout the renewal process.

Renewing your sponsor licence involves several considerations and requirements that need to be carefully addressed. Our team of experienced immigration solicitors can offer valuable guidance to ensure that you meet all the necessary criteria and submit the required documentation on time.

We will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the renewal process, highlight any updates or changes to the process, and offer expert advice tailored to your specific situation. We aim to make the sponsor licence renewal process as smooth and stress-free as possible for you and your organization.

With our in-depth knowledge of UK immigration laws and regulations, we can address any concerns or questions you may have throughout the renewal process. We will guide you through the application forms, timelines, fees, and documents required, assisting you every step of the way.

Contact Moeen & Co. Solicitors today at 0203 959 7755 for assistance with your sponsorship licence application. Our team of dedicated immigration solicitors is ready to assist you with your renewal application and ensure the continued success of your sponsorship in the UK.

Frequently asked questions

If your sponsor licence expires, you will lose the ability to sponsor new workers, and existing sponsored workers may be affected. It is essential to submit a renewal application well before the expiry date to prevent disruptions.

Yes, you can request changes or updates to your licence during renewal. Any modifications, such as adding or removing key personnel, must be clearly outlined in the application.

Yes, you can use the sponsor licence priority service to expedite your application and avoid any delays to your business operations. Please note that there are additional fees associated with the sponsor licence priority service.

A sponsor licence is typically valid for four years, after which businesses must renew it to continue sponsoring foreign workers. You can renew your sponsor licence within three months of the expiry of your current sponsor licence.

No, there is typically no grace period after the expiry of your sponsor licence. It is crucial to adhere to the renewal timelines to avoid disruptions to your ability to sponsor foreign workers.

If your renewal application is rejected, you may lose the ability to sponsor new workers, and existing sponsored workers may be affected. Understanding the reasons for rejection is vital, and you may have the opportunity to appeal or reapply, depending on the circumstances.

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