Sponsoring & Hiring Foreign Nationals

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To sponsor migrant workers from the EU and outside the EU, you will need to apply for a Sponsor Licence. The Sponsor Licence allows you, as an employer, to legally employ workers from outside the UK and the EU.


There are two types of licence employer can depend on

  1. Worker Sponsor Licence – for long-term workers in different types of skilled employment who can work up to 3-5 years. Categories of the licence are
  • Skilled Worker
  • Senior or Specialist Worker visa (Global Business Mobility)
  • Minister of Religion
  • International Sportsperson
  1. Temporary Worker Sponsor Licence – for workers who take on employment on temporary basis
  • Scale-up Worker – up to 6 months
  • Charity Worker – up to 1 year
  • Creative worker – up to 2 years
  • Religious Worker – up to 2 years
  • Government Authorized Exchange
  • International Agreement
  • Graduate Trainee
  • Service Supplier – up to 6 or 12 months
  • UK Expansion Worker
  • Secondment Worker
  • Seasonal Worker – up to 6 months


To be eligible for Sponsor Licence:

  • Your business must be based in the UK and have a genuine need for migrant workers
  • You must also not have any history of immigration violations or breaches of employment law
  • You must not have a sponsor licence revoked in the last 12 months
  • You must have appropriate systems in place to monitor sponsored employees
  • You must have a nominated key personnel who will be responsible for managing the sponsorship duties


Our Corporate Immigration team at GSC Solicitors LLP can guide your business throughout the Sponsor Licence application process. This includes advising on the merit of applying for the licence, the initial compliance requirements, assisting with the application preparation, as well as post-application advice.

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