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January 22, 2021

Tier 2 Sponsor License: Application and Requirements

To make Tier 2 Sponsor License’s strict application process easier, Mann’s Solutions has prepared a list of requirements and described the full application process. 

Tier 2 Sponsor License established by UKVI is usually required by businesses seeking employees from outside the UK. The application process includes a visit from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and once granted license must be renewed annually for a fee.

An employer can make an application for either a sponsor license or both simultaneously and they can also apply at different times..

Business requirements for a Sponsor Licence

There is no requirement that the business needs to be of a particular size before applying for a tier 2 sponsor license, or that it must have been trading for a certain amount of time. This means that start-up businesses are also eligible to apply. The business should already be legally operational, and there should be someone available and resident in the UK to deal with any queries from the Home Office UKVI. In practice, there will typically be one or two key personnel (e.g. an authorising officer, a key contact, and a level 1 user) who have been appointed and working in the business. A level 1 user, oversees the day-to-day management of the Tier 2 sponsorship license using the Sponsorship Management System (SMS).

Other requirements:

· There should be a genuine need for the employee

· The business HR systems can manage the sponsorship duties

· The business is offering employment suitable for tier 2 skill requirements that meet the minimum salary guidelines


Applying for a Sponsor license

To apply for a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence, you will need to complete an online application form and submit it to the Home Office along with supporting documentation. 

Immigration officials from the Home Office will likely visit and examine your HR systems to check for compliance and your eligibility for a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence.


Documents required but not limited to are:

  • Recent bank statements for your business
  • Employers liability insurance documents from an authorised supplier of at least 5 million
  • Proof of business registration with HMRC including the PAYE and Accounting Office Reference Number
  • Evidence of ownership or lease of business premises
  • Latest audited/non-audited accounts (signed)
  • Any mandatory evidence required from regulatory bodies specific to the business sector


There is a fee for a tier 2 sponsor license application which depends upon the size of the business:

  • For a large sponsorship annual license the fee is £1,476
  • For a small sponsorship annual license the fee is £536

It generally takes approximately 8-10 weeks for the sponsor license application to be processed, during which time you will probably be visited by the Home Office Compliance Officer who will undertake a pre-license audit. Once you have obtained a tier 2 sponsor license it is valid for four years.


Contact our Immigration Lawyers – Tier 2 Sponsor License

Mann’s Solutions is an international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, and Moscow. We are specialised in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers are regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) and IMC (Investment Migration Council).

For further information or to discuss your circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at or call +44 207 993 63 46.