Applying for a Workers and Temporary Workers sponsor licence: key personnel and representatives
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Last updated on 16/10/2019

The following Immigration practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Applying for a Workers and Temporary Workers sponsor licence: key personnel and representatives
  • Roles, responsibilities and requirements
  • Additional restrictions on the appointment of SMS users
  • How many users and how to set them up
  • What happens if any of the key personnel leave, cease carrying out their role or their contact details change?
  • Legal representatives
  • Managing the representative/client relationship

Applying for a Workers and Temporary Workers sponsor licence: key personnel and representatives

The Workers and Temporary Workers routes offer a number of different routes by which employers can sponsor migrant employees. The Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 1118 added the Global Business Mobility (GBM) routes, on 11 April 2022, by consolidating a number of existing routes and creating additional provisions for businesses wishing to expand to the UK. For a summary of these routes, see News Analysis: HC 1118 analysis—the Global Business Mobility routes. Although all the GBM routes are temporary and do not lead to settlement, the Home Office views the GBM—Senior and Specialist Worker route, along with Skilled Workers, as ‘Workers’ and the other routes as ‘Temporary Workers’, for the purpose of sponsor licence fees (for medium to large sponsors).

The Worker routes are:

  1. Skilled Worker

  2. GBM—Senior or Specialist Worker

  3. T2 Minister of Religion, and

  4. International Sportsperson

The Temporary Worker routes are:

  1. Charity Worker

  2. Creative Worker

  3. GBM—Graduate Trainee, Service Supplier, Secondment Worker and UK Expansion Worker

  4. Government Authorised Exchange

  5. International Agreement

  6. Religious Worker, and

  7. Seasonal Worker

Certain sponsorship aspects are different for the UK Expansion Worker route. These are highlighted briefly below. For further information, see Practice Note: Sponsoring a UK Expansion Worker—The GBM: UK Expansion Worker sponsor licence aspects.

When applying for a sponsor licence, an organisation must decide who will act as its

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Key definition:
Workers definition
What does Workers mean?

A term that includes employees and also other groups such as agency workers or anyone carrying out work who is not genuinely self-employed.

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