Sponsor a Tier 2 or 5 worker: guidance for employers

As a Tier 2 or 5 sponsor under the points-based system, it is imperative that you adhere to government guidelines. For those who wish to apply for an employer’s sponsor license and employ people from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), there has been new information published by the Home Office.

Here’s what you need to know.

 (Updated as of 06 April 2020)

  • A new points-based immigration system will come into effect from January 2021 applicable to both European Economic Area and non-EEA nationals
  • If you intend to sponsor migrants under Tier 2 or 5, you may need to check how much time they will be allowed to spend in the UK
  • Sponsorship is based on 2 principles:
    • those who benefit most directly from migration; employers, education providers or other bodies who are bringing in migrants, should play their part in ensuring the system is not abused”
    • “we need to make sure that those applying to come to the UK for work or to study are eligible and that a reputable employer or education provider genuinely wishes to take them on”
  • Under the Tier 2 route, the 4 categories are:
    • General
    • Intra-Company Transfer
    • Sportsperson
    • Minister of Religion
  • Under Tier 5, the 2 categories are:
    • Temporary Worker
    • Youth Mobility Scheme
  • In some instances, fees are applicable. There is a fee for:
    • initial applications for a sponsor licence
    • applying to renew an existing sponsor licence
    • applying to extend the scope of an existing licence
    • assigning each certificate of sponsorship (CoS)
  • Sponsor licenses are valid for four years and runs from the date it was granted

Please be advised that the above information is not an exhaustive list as there are more requirements and points to consider when making an application

For more information on guidance for employers sponsoring a Tier 2 or 5 worker, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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