Tier 5 Sponsor Licence Application
In order for an organisation to sponsor temporary workers under Tier 5 of the Points Based System, it must first obtain the relevant licence.
Tier 5 Sponsor Licence: Main requirements
The Tier 5 (Temporary Workers) route of the Points Based System is intended to allow an organisation to sponsor temporary workers in a variety of different roles throughout the charitable, cultural and religious sectors.
Within this route there are five subcategories each of which require their own specific sponsor licence. An organisation can apply for a Tier 5 sponsor licence in any of the following categories.
Creative and sporting
In order to successfully secure a sponsor licence under this category the organisation must be a sporting body, sports club or an events organiser operating in the sporting sector. The organisation will also require an endorsement from a Home Office approved governing body for a its chosen sport.
The organisation will need to be a registered, excepted or exempt UK charity in line with the relevant charity legislation.
To apply for a licence in this subcategory the organisation must be a bona fide religious organisation and generally needs to be registered as a UK charity unless an exemption applies.
Government authorised exchange
This category applies to those coming to the UK through approved schemes. These schemes are set out in Appendix N of the Immigration Rules here.
In order for a scheme to be valid it must be endorsed by a government department and administered by a single overarching sponsor. As such an organisation will need to approach the relevant government department to seek their endorsement before it will be able to sponsor non-EEA nationals.
Certain Higher Education Institutes can also sponsor individuals under this route for the purpose of sharing knowledge, experience and best practice through work placements. Higher Education Institutions can use this route to sponsor researchers for a maximum duration of two years in order for them to work on a formal research project, provide a series of lectures or for external examinations.
This category is intended for organisations who wish to sponsor:
- employees of overseas governments;
- employees of international organisations; or
- private servants in diplomatic households or households of officials working for international organisations.
When making an application under this subcategory the organisation must send a signed letter from the head of the organisations, confirming that they agree to the application being made, wish to sponsor individuals under this route and accept the sponsorship requirements.
Tier 5 Sponsor Licence Application: How we can help
UKVI will carefully scrutinise an application for a Tier 5 sponsor licence. If it does not consider that the Tier 5 Sponsor Licence Application meets all of the necessary requirements, then the application will be refused. It is therefore essential that an application is prepared thoroughly and carefully.
We are experienced in preparing Tier 5 sponsor licence applications to ensure a successful outcome and will provide expert guidance and assistance to organisations throughout the process.
If your organisation requires legal assistance or you would just like to discuss your situation with one of our experts on a no-obligation basis, please contact us.