Business Sponsorship Licence

Business Sponsorship Licence

Who needs a Business Sponsorship Licence?

You will need a sponsorship licence to employ someone to work for you from outside the UK, including paid and unpaid work.

Types of Sponsorship Licence

The licence you need depends on whether the workers you want to fill your jobs are:

  • ‘Workers’ – for those with long-term job offers
  • ‘Temporary workers’

You can apply for a licence covering one or both types of workers.

What are the eligibility requirements for a Business Sponsorship Licence?

To get a licence, you cannot have:

  • any unspent criminal convictions for immigration offences or certain other crimes
  • had a sponsor licence revoked in the last 12 months

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) will review your application and may visit your business to make sure that you are trustworthy and capable to carry out your duties.

What is a Sponsorship Management System?

When you apply for a sponsorship licence, you need to appoint people within your business to manage the sponsorship process. The main tool to use is the sponsorship management system (SMS). The roles in the SMS includes:

  • authorising officer – a senior and competent person responsible for the actions of staff and representatives who use the SMS
  • key contact – your main point of contact with UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI)
  • level 1 user – responsible for all day-to-day management of your licence.


To give your case the best chance of success, get in touch

To give your visa the best chance of success, and to reduce your stress, please contact our immigration experts.

If you wish to speak directly with one of our immigration specialists to get advice about business and personal immigration, or education in the UK and other visa issues, then please contact our Glasgow Head Office on Phone T: +44 (0)141 212 3355 or request a call back by completing the Online Form. You can also email us at More information can be found from Contact Us.  

*Disclaimer: The above information is for general reference only. Specialist legal advice should be sought.

Latest update: July 2021