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How to Operate a Sponsor Licence


Are following Home Office directives and managing your sponsorship licence correctly? When employing skilled workers from overseas, UK employers will need to hold a valid sponsor licence. Once a licence has been granted employers need to meet compliance duties which, if not adhered to, may be liable for penalties.

Failure to comply with the Home Office directives on sponsorship licence management can have disastrous and far-reaching consequences. 

Understanding which records to keep and how to store them and reporting any concerns that your sponsored employees may have breached their conditions of stay are key to retaining your sponsor’s licence.

Appointing and training your key personnel, including the Authorising Officer, is vital. This intensive and time-critical course will equip your team with the correct tools and knowledge to remain compliant.

The programme content can be adapted to meet your specific organisational challenges and training needs. This half-day course can run at either 0930-1300 or 1300-1630

How to Operate a Sponsor Licence - Course Overview

The agenda below is used as a starting point for pre-course discussions with the trainer. To ensure the final agenda meets your specific requirements, minor amendments can be made.

Overview of the sponsor management system

Sponsor duties: What you need to know

  • The Key Personnel
  • The five fundamental sponsor duties
  • Interaction between this and right-to-work
  • Sponsor duties and HR reporting
  • Practical tips

Issuing a Certificate of Sponsorship

  • Requirements to issue a Certificate in the Skilled Worker or Global Business Mobility routes
  • Defined and Undefined certificates
  • The process to issue
  • Creating a compliance pack based on Appendix D of the Sponsor Duties
  • Using priority services
  • Sponsor Notes

Some common challenges

  • Meeting the sponsor duties
  • Ensuring HR processes, meet these requirements
  • Handling problems and changes

Worked examples and Q&A and wrap up

Delegate feedback 

"Yes I would highly recommend this training. Everyone was helpful and accessible. I found the trainer engaging, responsive and clearly an expert in his field." 

"It was enjoyable and very informative. "

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