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When applying for a licence to hire workers with a UK sponsorship visa, you will need to factor in fees both at the initial application and recruitment stage, as well as ongoing licence management costs.
The implications of a refusal are much more significant. An application for a sponsor licence is likely to refused in situations where:
Where a sponsor licence application is refused the application fee will not be refunded and a ‘cooling off’ period will be imposed meaning the company will not be able to make another application until the cooling off period has passed.
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The Home Office processing time for a Tier 2 Employer Sponsor Licence is 8 – 10 weeks. It is likely you will receive a pre-licence audit from a Home Office Compliance Officer.
A certificate of sponsorship (CoS) is a reference number which holds information about the job and your personal details.
Before you can apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa to work in the UK, you need a job offer and a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) from a licensed sponsor
In order to apply for a Tier 2 UK visa, you must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from an employer with a Tier 2 Sponsorship license.
Your prospective employer must request and if granted, assign your CoS via their online Sponsor Management System account.
A Certificate of Sponsorship (Cos) can normally granted within one to two weeks of being requested.
However, the overall time can vary depending on a number of factors such as if Resident Labor Market Test (RLMT) is required, if the job is a Shortage Occupation and when the CoS request was made role, whether the sponsor already has a license or is just applying for one, and if the UKVI sponsor team are coming for an audit or not.
Typically, these certificates are granted within 2 weeks and it can also take a couple of weeks depending on several scenarios as described above.
In order to apply for most work visas, you’ll usually need to gain a job offer with sponsorship from an employer in the UK first.
However, you can apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa without sponsorship if you: Want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years.