Sponsor Licences are granted for an initial period of 4 years. If you wish to continue to sponsor migrants, you will need to renew your licence before it expires. If your sponsor licence renewal application is successful, your sponsor licence will be extended for a further 4 years.
What are the requirements of a Sponsor Licence Renewal application?
Sponsor licence renewal applications must be submitted online via the Sponsor Management System (SMS).
Once you have submitted a valid application to renew your sponsor licence, you may be asked to send additional business-related documents to UKVI. Any additional corporate documents will need to be sent to the Home Office within 5 working days.
If, as a sponsoring company, you fail to send requested documents, UKVI may reduce or remove your CoS allocation or downgrade, suspend or revoke your licence.
When you apply to renew your sponsor licence, UKVI may visit your business premises. This is particularly likely if you have not received a Home Office compliance visit in the last 4 years.
If UKVI compliance officers have any concerns about your actions as a sponsor then they may downgrade or revoke your licence.
What else do you need to know about the Sponsor Licence Renewal application?
As a sponsor company you can apply to renew your licence up to a maximum of 90 days before your licence is due to expire.
If you have any sponsored migrants working for you and you want them to continue working for you, you must renew your licence before it expires, even if you do not plan to sponsor any new migrants.
Before applying to renew a sponsor licence, it is important that thorough checks are carried out to ensure that sponsor licence details are correct and that all sponsor duties have been complied with.
If you fail to renew your sponsor licence then you will not be able to assign any more CoS and your company details will be removed from the online public register of licensed sponsors.
If you fail to renew your licence but continue to employ sponsored migrants, their leave will be curtailed. This means that they will have their visa shortened to 60 days, after which point they will have to switch immigration category, leave the UK or be subject to removal.
Making a Sponsor Licence Renewal application with OneLaw Chambers
At OneLaw Chambers, our immigration solicitors and barristers regularly assist with Sponsor Licence Renewal applications in order for applicants to remain and settle in the UK. We have assisted many foreign national applicants to prepare and submit successful Sponsor Licence Renewal applications and we have represented clients from all over the world.
Whether you require expert immigration advice on the requirements of the Immigration Rules, an independent immigration assessment of your prospects of qualifying for a Sponsor Licence Renewal or professional immigration representation with preparing your Sponsor Licence Renewal immigration application, our immigration solicitors and barristers can help you.
We are committed to ensuring that our immigration solicitors and barristers prepare every immigration visa application with utmost quality and skill so that successful outcome is achieved every time. Our immigration solicitors and barristers operate in a friendly and cooperative manner to provide our clients with the best client care and service during the entire immigration application process.
To discuss your Sponsor Licence Renewal application with one our immigration solicitors and barristers, please contact our Immigration lawyers on 0207 489 2044 / 0208 616 1819 or complete our enquiry form with your details.