April 19, 2014

UK Sponsorship Licence Renewal Deadlines Approaching

Employers that applied for sponsorship licences in November 2008 must renew now to avoid losing the ability to sponsor overseas workers in the future.

Sponsors who first applied for their sponsorship licence when the Points-Based System was introduced in November 2008 should have started to receive notifications from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) that they can apply to renew their sponsorship licence. All Tier 2 sponsorship licences granted by the UKBA are valid for an initial period of four years, and the notifications are issued 120 days before the licence expires.[1]

Sponsors are advised to submit their applications as early as possible and to renew at least one month before their licence expires. If a sponsor fails to apply to renew their sponsorship licence (and pay the sponsorship licence application fee), their sponsorship licence will lapse automatically.

If the sponsorship licence lapses or is not renewed, all sponsored migrants' permissions to live and work in the UK will be curtailed, and they will be required to leave the UK or find another sponsor. Further, the sponsor will no longer be able to sponsor those individuals whom they may wish to recruit from overseas.

[1]. For more information on renewing sponsorship licences, see our 10 August 2012 LawFlash, "UK Employers: Sponsor Licence Renewals to Begin," available here.

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Tracy Evlogidis is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labour and Employment Practice. Tracy regularly advises companies and individuals on a full range of UK immigration issues, from visiting the UK to securing a British passport. 

Tracy has a wide client base, including media and entertainment clients and corporate organisations in industries such as financial services, technology, retail, education, and legal services. She also works with a number of private banks in advising high-net-worth individuals.

Tracy also advises on exceptional or complex...

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Gemma Goodhead is an associate in Morgan Lewis's Labour and Employment Practice and is also a member of the firm's Global Immigration Services Practice. Gemma advises companies and individuals on their business immigration matters, including under Tiers 2 and 5 of the Points-Based System.

In respect to corporate clients, Gemma has experience in advising on and preparing sponsorship licence applications under Tiers 2 and 5 and advising on the prevention of illegal working requirements. For individuals, she advises on entry clearance, further leave to remain,...

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Nicholas J. Hobson is an associate in Morgan Lewis's Labour and Employment Practice and is also a member of the firm's Global Immigration Services Practice. Nicholas advises corporate and private clients on the full range of UK immigration matters and has experience advising corporate clients on preventing illegal working, sponsorship licence applications under Tiers 2 and 5 of the Points-Based System, issuing Certificates of Sponsorship as well as further leave to remain, entry clearance, and settlement applications for lead applicants and their dependants.

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