Changes to the Sponsor Licence renewal process

29 Feb 2024, 31 mins ago

Changes to the sponsor licence renewal process will take effect on 6 April 2024.

A sponsor licence is essentially a permission granted to an organisation to allow for the sponsorship of overseas nationals in their business in the UK. Obtaining a sponsor licence will allow a business to hire from a wider pool of talent, thereby giving it an advantage over its UK-based competitors.

Initially, sponsor licences were only granted for a period of 4 years, after which the licence had to be renewed. However, this has now been abolished for those organisations whose sponsor licence is due to expire on or after 6 April 2024. Instead, those licenses are automatically being extended by 10 years. This extension will not apply to any sponsor licences expiring before 6 April 2024. Therefore, if your licence is due to expire between now and the specified automatic renewal date (6 April 2024), you will still be required to apply for a renewal.

Although sponsor licences will no longer require renewals after 6 April 2024, the abolition is likely to attract a higher number of compliance visits from the Home Office and, therefore, licence holders should ensure that their sponsor duties are complied with at all times, and the licence is maintained in line with the requirements.

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