Sponsor License Renewal

Sponsor License Renewal

Sponsor License Renewal applications require a business to show compliance with their sponsor duties and demonstrate a  record of sound workplace practices.

Awards and Accreditations

Sponsor Licences are granted for an initial period of 4 years. If you wish to continue to sponsor foreign workers, 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.

Eligibility requirements for a Sponsor Licence Renewal

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 the Home Office within 5 business days. Failure to adhere to this deadline may result in UKVI reducing or removing your CoS allocation or downgrading, revoking or suspending your license.

UKVI may visit your business premises as part of the Sponsor Licence renewal process. 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 suspend, downgrade or revoke your licence.

Key Elements of Sponsor Licence Renewals

Your company can apply to renew your Sponsor Licence up to 90 days before it is due to expire.

If you employ foreign workers and you want them to continue working for you, you must renew your licence before it expires.  If you fail to renew your licence but continue to employ foreign workers, their visas will be curtailed and they may be removed from the UK.

Before applying to renew a sponsor licence, thorough checks should be carried out to ensure that your business has complied with its sponsor duties. 

How our immigration lawyers can help

Our business immigration lawyers understand the importance of renewing your sponsor licence to ensure the continuity of your business operations and maintain a settled workforce. We will work with you to ensure that you are able to successfully extend your sponsor licence.

Before an application to renew a sponsor licence is submitted to UKVI, we will conduct a detailed audit and compliance check to ensure that any potential issues are addressed. We will also conduct a mock audit to prepare you in the event of a site visit by an immigration officer.

Call us on 0208 099 7560, complete the online contact form or email us at [email protected] to learn more about how we can help your business remain in compliance with UK immigration law.

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