The application process

SMA Solicitors will be pleased to help with applications for sponsor licences in all areas of the Points-Based System (PBS). Sponsorship can be the lifeblood of a business by allowing you to have access to a global pool of talent and skills which may not be easily found on the residential labour market. As with all of the services we offer at SMA, we can advise and assist from the very beginning of the application process but are also on hand if you have already submitted an application for a licence and have received a refusal decision.

The application process for a sponsor licence is the very first step in being able to employer migrant workers under the Tier 2 / Tier 5 routes.

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The factors you will need to demonstrate as part of the application process include:

  • Your business is a genuine organisation operating in this country;
  • You, as a sponsor, will be reliable in acting as the eyes and ears of the Home Office;
  • You will be capable of carrying out the duties held by a sponsor and that have the systems in place to allow you to so;
  • You can offer genuine employment that is not used as a disguise in order to allow someone to stay in the United Kingdom.

Abuses to the PBS over the years have meant that the Home Office has tightened the application process and it is crucial that your application is submitted including the relevant documents required by the Rules and with clear and comprehensive explanations of how you will ensure and enforce compliance.

If you would like assistance with the application process or an upcoming visit as part of the application, please contact our expert team for tailored, user-friendly and comprehensive advice.

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