The following Immigration guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
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:
step 1: decide which categories/tiers it wishes to include on its licence
step 2: assess its eligibility and suitability for each category/tier and make any relevant changes to its HR systems
step 3: decide who will be the 'Key Personnel'
step 4: get together the appropriate documents for submission with the application
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)
step 6: submit the online application and hard-copy documents
step 7: where relevant, prepare for and attend the Home Office site visit to the organisation's offices
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:
Modernised Guidance (MG),
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