Search

How can we help?

Icon

How to sponsor workers from outside the UK

UK businesses can sponsor overseas worker or non-settled worker already within the UK once successfully being granted a sponsor licence.

Eligibility Requirements

To sponsor an overseas or non-settled worker already within the UK, employers must ensure that they offer them a job that they will perform at a suitable rate of pay and skill level, in addition to other criteria.

What type of sponsor licence do you need

For new candidates based either inside or outside the UK, your business will need a Worker licence in the Skilled Worker category. For existing employees of overseas entities linked by common ownership or control to your UK business, you will need to apply for a GBM: Senior or Specialist Worker licence. A Temporary Worker licence is only required if you require sponsored workers in certain roles for short periods of time, such as seasonal horticultural workers.

Main UK visa options for businesses

Under the UK’s points-based immigration system, the main visa routes for non-settled workers include Skilled Worker visas, Global Business Mobility: Senior/Specialist Worker visas, and Temporary Worker visas. Each of these visa types requires sponsorship by a licensed employer.

Monica Mastropasqua

Paralegal

View profile

+44 20 7539 8021

A Temporary Worker licence is only required if you require sponsored workers in certain roles for short periods of time.

Ongoing Responsibilities

Once the visa has been granted, you must ensure you remain compliant with the ‘Sponsor Duties’ that you signed up to when you applied for the Sponsor Licence.

Legal Support

We can support your business with all aspects of hiring non-settled workers. Our UK immigration team provides a comprehensive approach, preparing the entire licence application, taking into account the commercial considerations for your business.

About this article

Disclaimer
This information is for guidance purposes only and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. Please refer to the full General Notices on our website.

Monica Mastropasqua

Paralegal

View profile

+44 20 7539 8021

About this article

Read, listen and watch our latest insights

art
  • 10 April 2024
  • Employment

New Guidance: Confidence to Recruit

The new Government guide in collaboration with the CIPD aims to give employers the confidence to recruit its workforce from a wider range of people including those who may have been overlooked in the past as a problem rather than an asset.

art
  • 03 April 2024
  • Employment

FAQ’s on the new Carer’s Leave Act

Beginning on 6 April 2024, the Carer’s Leave Act comes into force, meaning carers are now entitled to request 1 week’s unpaid leave to care for their dependants.

art
  • 26 March 2024
  • Employment

Navigating Neuroinclusion: A Guide for Employers

Over the past few years, we have seen a marked rise in awareness of neurodiversity, as well as campaigns for awareness and inclusion in the workplace for neurodiverse employees.

Pub
  • 21 March 2024
  • Employment

TUPE Podcast Series: Who Transfers?

In this fifth podcast in our TUPE Podcast Series, Amanda Glover will be focusing on ‘who transfers’ under TUPE. Looking at the definition of ‘employee’ under TUPE legislation and the tests that apply in deciding if those employees transfer.

art
  • 20 March 2024
  • Employment

Changes to Employment Laws from April 2024 – are you ready?

There’s a large number of employment law changes coming in April which are set to shake up the workplace. It’s crucial for employers to stay informed and prepared.

art
  • 19 March 2024
  • Employment

Instant Messaging in the Workplace: Factors to be aware of

Workplaces have changed beyond recognition in the four years since the first COVID-19 lockdowns. This anniversary represents an opportunity to look back at how workplaces have changed in that period, from the increased use of flexible and hybrid working, to the continuing and significant integration of more technology in office-based work.