Need to employ a General Worker (Tier 2) and want legal help and assistance for Tier 2 General Sponsorship Licence? Contact our expert team of Tier 2 Sponsor Licence solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham for fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee immigration services for your Tier 2 General Sponsor licence application. Ask a question to our Tier sponsor licence specialists for free immigration advice concerning your Tier 2 General sponsor licence application.

Contents Table

When Can I Apply?
How To Apply?
Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT)
Allocation Of Certificate Of Sponsorship (CoS)
Sponsor Duties
How Can We Help?
How Much We Charge?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When Can I Apply For Tier 2 General Sponsorship Licence?

You can apply for Tier 2 General sponsor licence if you wish to employ a skilled migrant worker and the job role meets the job suitability requirements. Before you submit your application for Tier 2 General sponsorship licence to the Home Office, UKVI, you must have identified a migrant worker you wish to sponsor for Tier 2 General Work visa. Unless the exemption from the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) applies, you may have to advertise the job vacancy for 28 days to comply with the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) before you identify a migrant worker to sponsor for Tier 2 General Worker visa.

How To Apply For Tier 2 General Sponsorship Licence?

You can apply for the Tier 2 General sponsor licence online on the Home Office, UKVI website. Once you have submitted your online application, you must then send to the Home Office, UKVI all of the following to validate your application. A valid application must:

  1. contain the original submission sheet (not a certified copy), which has been signed and dated by the Authorising Officer (all pages must be sent); and
  2. contain all of the documents listed on the submission sheet as mandatory documents (originals or certified copies); and
  3. all be sent in together within 5 working days of completion of the electronic application.

To get a Tier 2 General licence, you must apply to the Home Office, UKVI, supplying specified documents to prove that you are suitable and eligible. The Home Office, UKVI will carry out appropriate checks before deciding whether to grant the sponsor licence. The Home Office, UKVI considers an application to join the sponsor register by assessing whether you meet the relevant requirements. If your application for Tier 2 General Sponsor Licence is accepted by the Home Office, UKVI, you will be issued with SMS login ID and password to manage your sponsor licence online. Your sponsor licence will be valid for 4 years and can be renewed online prior to the expiry of the licence.

Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT)

The Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) is a process which requires the Tier 2 sponsor to advertise the job vacancy for at least 28 days and show that none other than the Tier 2 Migrant worker was more appropriate for the job position advertised by the Tier 2 sponsor. According to paragraph 78 of Appendix A of the Immigration Rules, the the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) will be considered valid for Tier 2 application if:

  • the Sponsor has advertised (or had advertised on its behalf) the job as set out in Appendix A of the Immigration Rules; and
  • The advertisements have stated:
    • the job title
    • the main duties and responsibilities of the job (job description)
    • the location of the job
    • an indication of the salary package or salary range or terms on offer
    • the skills, qualifications and experience required for the job, and
    • the closing date for applications, unless it is part of the Sponsor’s rolling recruitment programme, in which case the advertisement should show the period of the recruitment programme; and
  • The advertisements were published in English (or Welsh if the job is based in Wales); and
  • The Sponsor can show that no suitable settled worker is available to fill the job unless the job is in a PhD-level occupation shown in Table 1 of the codes of practice in Appendix J. Settled workers will not be considered unsuitable on the basis that they lack qualifications, experience or skills (including language skills) that were not specifically requested in the job advertisement; and
  • The Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) Checking Service entry contains full details of when and where the job was advertised, and any advertisement reference numbers, including the Find a Job (or other Jobcentre Plus online service), Jobcentre Online, or the GOV.UK Teaching Vacancies service job reference number where relevant.

Our expert team of immigration solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services to a Tier 2 sponsor or a prospective Tier 2 sponsor for full compliance of Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) as per requirements of the Home Office UKVI.

Allocation Of Tier 2 General Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS)

Once you have been granted a Tier 2 General sponsor licence you will be able to assign certificates of sponsorship (CoS) to migrants who wish to come to, or stay in the UK to work as Tier 2 General Migrants. For Tier 2 General workers, being assigned a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) is an essential part of qualifying for entry clearance (if they are outside the UK) or leave to remain (permission to extend their stay while in the UK).

Unrestricted Certificate Of Sponsorship (CoS)

For all in-country applicants with the exception of Tier 4 Dependent partner switching to Tier 2 General, the employer has to assign an unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to sponsor a Tier 2 General worker's stay in the UK. There is no annual limit put by the Home Office UKVI for allocation of unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to Tier 2 General sponsors.

Restricted Certificate Of Sponsorship (CoS)

In order to sponsor a Tier 2 General worker from outside the UK, the Tier 2 General sponsor is mostly required to obtain a restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from the Home Office UKVI to be able to assign the same to the migrant worker. A request for allocation of restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is made to the Home Office UKVI by 5th of every months and the Home Office UKVI would normally decide the allocation request on or around 11th of the same month. There is annual limit put by the Home Office UKVI for allocation of restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to Tier 2 General sponsors.

 But there are also other requirements set out in the immigration rules that they must meet. They must score enough points, and are likely to be refused if there is anything in their personal or immigration history that suggests that their presence in the UK is not desirable.

What Are The Duties As A Tier 2 General Licenced Sponsor?

As a Tier 2 General licensed sponsor you must comply with certain duties, including, but not restricted to, a duty to inform the Home Office, UKVI if the Tier 2 General Migrant does not turn up for work, or if he is absent without permission for a significant period. You must also keep proper records of the migrants you sponsor, including contact details and a copy of their biometric residence permit (BRP), and supply any documentation to the Home Office, UKVI on request.

The Home Office, UKVI will monitor your behaviour and compliance with your duties once you have been granted Tier 2 General sponsor licence. In particular the Home Office, UKVI will:

  • set a limit on the number of certificates of sponsorship (CoS) you can assign as a Tier 2 General sponsor, and review your performance after you have assigned a certain number;
  • make visits, pre-arranged or not, to check compliance; and
  • refer cases for civil penalty action to be taken where the Home Office, UKVI find evidence that you have breached the illegal working regulations.

How Can We Help With Your Tier 2 General Sponsorship Licence Application?

Our Tier 2 sponsor licence specialists can provide all the required help and guidance to apply for Tier 2 General Sponsorship licence and carry out all the work until decision by the Home Office UKVI on the Tier 2 General sponsorship licence application. As part of our professional legal services for Tier 2 General sponsorship licence application, our immigration caseworker will include the following:

  • Assessing the eligibility of the prospective Tier 2 General Sponsor for Tier 2 Sponsorship licence by considering all the relevant circumstances including the genuineness of the business, the genuineness of job vacancy, the level of job, the salary threshold, the need for Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) or exemption from the same, etc.
  • Advising on the relevant procedures to be followed for an application for Tier 2 General sponsorship licence;
  • Advising on the relevant documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the Tier 2 General sponsorship licence application;
  • Assessing the documentary evidence to ensure that the documents are in compliance of the Home Office UKVI requirements for the grant of the Tier 2 General sponsorship licence;
  • Completing online application form for Tier 2 General sponsorship licence application and submitting the same online;
  • Helping with payment of the Home Office UKVI fee for the Tier 2 General Sponsorship Licence fee;
  • Sending the online submission sheet along with all the supporting documents and information under a detailed cover letter prepared by our expert team of Tier 2 sponsor solicitors;
  • Assisting you with Home Office Compliance visit, if the Home Office UKVI decides to conduct a compliance visit before deciding the Tier 2 General sponsorship licence application;
  • Doing all the follow-up work until decision is reached on the Tier 2 General sponsorship licence application by the Home Office, UKVI.

Our Fee For Tier 2 General Sponsor Licence Application

Our fees for Tier 2 General sponsorship licence related services are given in the table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-Off Immigration Advice & Consultation related to Tier 2 General Sponsorship Licence £80 (inclusive of VAT)
One-Off Documents Checking Service for Tier 2 General Sponsorship Licence Application £200 + VAT
Help With Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) £500 + VAT
Help With Restricted CoS Allocation Request £500 + VAT
Help With Home Office Compliance Visit From £400 + VAT To £600 + VAT
Full Help With Application For Tier 2 General Sponsorship Licence Where RLMT Exemption Applies From £1500 + VAT To £1800 + VAT
Full Help With Application For Tier 2 General Sponsorship Licence Including Help With RLMT From £2,000 + VAT To £2,500 + VAT
Representations To Home Office UKVI following Suspension Of The Tier 2 General Sponsorship Licence From £500 + VAT To £800 + VAT
Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) Against Refusal/Revocation Of Tier 2 General Sponsorship Licence From £800 + VAT To £1200 + VAT
Judicial Review (JR) Against Refusal/Revocation Of Tier 2 General Sponsorship Licence From £2,000 + VAT To £5,000 + VAT

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