Applying for a sponsor licence under Tiers 2 and 5: procedure
Applying for a sponsor licence under Tiers 2 and 5: procedure

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

  • Applying for a sponsor licence under Tiers 2 and 5: procedure
  • Applying under more than one categories and/or tiers
  • Certificates of Sponsorship and annual allocations
  • Preparing and submitting the application
  • Decision
  • Dealing with a refusal
  • Cooling-off periods
  • Information sharing
  • Licence renewals

When applying for a sponsor licence under Tiers 2 and 5 of the Points-Based System (PBS), an organisation must go through the following process:

  1. step 1: decide which categories/tiers it wishes to include on its licence

  2. step 2: assess its eligibility and suitability for each category/tier and make any relevant changes to its HR systems

  3. step 3: decide who will be the 'Key Personnel'

  4. step 4: get together the appropriate documents for submission with the application

  5. step 5: 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)

  6. step 6: submit the online application and hard-copy documents

  7. step 7: where relevant, prepare for and attend the Home Office site visit to the organisation's offices

  8. step 8: receive the decision

Steps 2 and 4 are dealt with in Applying for a sponsor licence under Tiers 2 and 5: eligibility and suitability, step 3 is discussed in Applying for a sponsor licence under Tiers 2 and 5: key personnel and representatives and step 7 is covered in Sponsor duties under Tiers 2 and 5: preparing for, and attending a Home Office visit.

This Practice Note covers the remaining procedural steps. It also looks at licence renewal applications.

Note that further details can be found in:

  1. Modernised Guidance (MG),