This blog will discuss the specific fee requirements for a company wishing to apply for a Sponsor Licence and Skilled Worker/Global Mobility visas.
Applicable fees for a Sponsor Licence application:
The cost of applying for a Sponsor Licence will depend both on the type of licence you wish to apply for and the type of organisation you are.
The following fees apply if you are a small or charitable sponsor:
If you wish to apply for either a worker route, a temporary worker route or a worker and temporary worker route, the fee will be £536.
There will be no fee if you would either like to add a worker licence to an existing Temporary Worker Licence, or add a Temporary Worker licence to an existing Worker Licence.
If you are unsure whether your organisation is classified as a small or charitable sponsor, the government website outlines that you are usually a small sponsor if at least two of the following apply:
- Your annual turnover is £10.2 million or less;
- Your total assets are worth £5.1 million or less;
- You have 50 employees or fewer.
If your company is a charitable sponsor, you must be a registered charity in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. Some excepted charities, exempt charities and ecclesiastical corporations are also considered charitable sponsors.
The following fees apply if you are a medium or large sponsor:
If you are applying for a Worker licence or Worker and Temporary Worker licence, the fee will be £1,476.
There will be a fee of £940 if you would like to add a Worker Licence to an existing Temporary Worker Licence, however, there will be no fee to add a Temporary Worker licence to an existing Worker Licence.
Please note that most applications are considered within 8 weeks. You may be able to pay an additional £500 to get a decision within 10 working days, however, this service is limited and is offered on a first come, first served basis.
Application fees for Skilled Worker visas:
The application fees for a Skilled Worker visa vary significantly depending on circumstance – from £719 – £1,500.
Alongside this, an applicant must also pay the healthcare surcharge – which usually amounts to £624 per year, and they must be able to support themselves upon arrival in the UK – usually a minimum of £1,270.
The application fee is dependent on the length of time you will be in the UK for.
If you are applying from outside the UK, the applicable fee is as follows:
- Up to 3 years – £719 per person
- Over 3 years – £1,420 per person
If you are applying from inside the UK, the applicable fee is as follows:
- Up to 3 years – £827 per person
- Over 3 years – £1,500 per person
Please note that your application fee in both instances will be lower if your job is on the shortage occupation list, as found on the government website.
- Up to 3 years – £551 per person
- Over 3 years – £1,084 per person
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