Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Services

"Nick Nason, [an] immigration law expert at Edgewater Legal"

The i News , October 2017

Tier 2 Sponsor Licence: how it works 

If a UK employer or other organisation wishes to hire a non-European foreign worker, the employer must first apply for a Tier 2 sponsorship license. This will enable it to bring in talent from overseas, or to hire skilled workers already in the UK with Tier 2 or other leave.

Where the Home Office grants a Tier 2 sponsor licence it is essentially outsourcing immigration control to the sponsor. There is a large emphasis on trust in the Home Office guidance, and the requirements to be met by employers when applying for a licence are accordingly strict. 

It is important to note that the obligations of a Tier 2 sponsor do not end following the grant of the licence: a sponsor has a duty to maintain certain records and update the Home Office on a variety of matters listed in published guidance. Failure to do so can lead to revocation of a licence, with serious consequences for any Tier 2 workers employed by the organisation at the time.   

Tier 2 Sponsor Licence applications: the process

​​In order to meet the Home Office criteria to obtain a Tier 2 sponsor licence, an organisation must be operating lawfully in the UK; be honest, dependable and reliable; have adequate systems to comply with the duties of a Tier 2 sponsor licence holder; and be offering genuine employment to any prospective Tier 2 employees. 

When applying for a Tier 2 sponsor licence, an organisation must go through the following process: 

  • ​decide which categories it wishes to include on its licence 
  • assess its eligibility and suitability for each category and review its Human Resources systems 
  • decide who will be the 'Key Personnel'
  • get together the appropriate documents for submission with the application
  • decide how many Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) it wishes to request for the first year of the licence—this does not apply for restricted CoS under Tier 2 (General)
  • submit the online application and hard-copy documents
  • receive the decision

Tier 2 Sponsor Licence applications: our service and expertise

Our Tier 2 Sponsor Licence expertise

Our Tier 2 Sponsor Licence service

Nick Nason, principal at Edgewater Legal has worked in immigration law for over 8 years and currently advises Tier 2 Sponsor Licence applicants.

Nick regularly writes about UK immigration issues, including the issues facing Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holders and those applying for licences, for a leading immigration law website.

In particular, Nick has written about the extremely serious impact of revocation for Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holders, as well as the likely implications of Brexit for this particular corner of the UK immigration system. 

He has been interviewed by both the Guardian and the i Newspaper for comment in immigration cases, also appearing in Private Eye

  • Initial no-obligation phone consultation to discuss eligibility
  • Face to face meetings/telephone conferences as desired
  • Detailed letter of advice and guidance on the application process, and what is required
  • Detailed scrutiny of supporting documents prior to submission
  • Collation and preparation of the application on a shared drive
  • Very high level of client responsiveness including contact by email, phone or other means
  • Drafting of a covering letter to be sent with application
  • Preparation for Home Office visits (if required)
  • Liaising with Home Office decision-makers
  • Advice and guidance on rights and responsibilities under the licence, with ongoing support if required