UK Sponsor Licence Expiry

An Expired Sponsor Licence UK may result in problems that directly impact your workers’ immigration status and cause delays in operations. If you do not currently possess a valid sponsor licence, you are not authorised to hire migrant labour.

For further information, help, or guidance regarding your expiring sponsor licence or employing migrant workers, get in touch with us right now. Contact us via our website or by phone at 0203 384 4389.

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How to Determine Whether Your Sponsor Licence Has Expired?

The UK sponsor licence expiry date is displayed on the Licence Summary Page of your company’s Sponsor Management System (SMS).

The Home Office issues sponsor licences to employers that are good for four years. The licence automatically expires unless it is renewed before the expiration date. It implies they failed to fulfil their sponsoring obligations to manage their licence.

Additionally, the Home Office notifies email recipients thirty days prior to the expiration of licences for this reason. The Authoring Officer (AO) of the organisation and the Level One Users included in the SMS are reminded via email.

Moreover, the Home Office anticipates that the organization’s key individuals will receive and read this information. However, it’s not always the case. The reminder email may occasionally end up in the company’s spam folder. Call 0203 384 4389 

Why Do Companies Ignore the Sponsor Licence Expiration Date?

The Home Office compels sponsoring organisations to update their contact information on the SMS. However, this is not always the case.

The SMS account may still have contact information for a prior Authorising Officer (AO) or legal adviser. It’s possible they departed the company, and the system doesn’t have any updated contact details.
When this happens, the person supporting something might not get messages. This means the company won’t know when a deadline is coming or when a license is expiring. That’s why it’s good to have different people listed as the main contact or responsible person.

Additionally, Level One Users may be required by the organisation to log into the SMS at least once every month. Occasionally, the Home Office uses SMS to send out general communications that may be important. If Level One Users consistently register in the portal, they will be able to track these. Call us at 0203 384 4389

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What Effects Can An Expired Sponsor Licence Have?

It is not possible to provide fresh Certificates of Sponsorship (COS) to a sponsor whose licencing has expired. This document is given to the employee by the sponsoring employer so they can apply for a visa and join the company.

What are the UK Sponsor Licence Expiry consequences? If the sponsored employee’s employer’s licence expires, their leave will be reduced. Entry and/or stay in the UK will be cancelled or shortened. Moreover, when their visas expire, employees will have sixty days, or earlier, to depart the company.

Additionally, if the company’s license is expired, employees can apply for a new visa by finding a new sponsor in the UK. If your sponsored employee doesn’t do this quickly, they might get into trouble with the law. Some workers were held by officials when they tried to come back to the UK without knowing their employer’s license had expired.

Due to an expired licence, the sponsor will also be deleted from the Sponsor’s Registers. The Register of Licenced Sponsors is a public database of all UK organisations that have valid sponsorship licences.  Call now at 0203 384 4389 

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How the Sponsor Licence Is Renewed

You will have to take quick action when your sponsor licence expires. To renew it, you might need to submit an urgent application to the Home Office. It may also be recommended that you apply for a new licence.

It will take some time to renew a sponsor licence because the Home Office must thoroughly review every application. This could entail assisting in sponsoring business owners.

Seek the assistance of our immigration solicitors to speed up the renewal application process. To avoid issues, they can also help with negotiations between employers and employees resulting from the sponsor licencing expiry.

Consult with our immigration solicitors and seek professional legal assistance from UK Immigration Solicitors as soon as you detect a licence issue. This will assist you in choosing the most effective plan to follow for minimising expenses and damage to your business.

For any assistance, feel free to reach out to our dedicated UK immigration solicitors at  0203 384 4389

How to Prevent the Issues of UK Sponsor Licence Expiry?

Keep an internal log to keep track of the day your licence expires. This should be accessible to the HR director, SMS Users, and your AO. Do not depend solely on notifications sent by the Home Office to serve as a reminder.

The Home Office typically has ninety days to go before a licence expires. However, it is preferable to plan ahead of time and provide room for error if problems arise. It is best to renew your licence at least six months before it expires.

Additionally, make sure your AOs and users’ contact information on the SMS are updated. Employers should treat sponsor licencing in the same manner as other legal and regulatory requirements.

Continued management will be necessary to keep your sponsor position. New immigration legislation penalises sponsors who neglect to update their contact information in the SMS. As a result, inaccurate information is provided to COS. The Home Office believes that this is a serious enough case of neglecting sponsorship obligations to cancel a licence.

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How Can UK Immigration Solicitors Help?

If your UK Sponsor Licence expiration date has passed, our business immigration solicitors can help you with the renewal procedure. To guarantee a seamless renewal procedure, we may assign an expert to collaborate with your company and its representatives.

You can also get advice on whether applying for New Sponsor Licence UK is preferable to renewing an old one. In addition, we can provide the following support:

Along with many other places, we also have offices in Birmingham, Manchester, and London. We are eager to have a face-to-face discussion with you. Call us at 0203 384 4389

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Most of the time, a child needs a visa in order to live in the UK. For instance, if their parent is a foreign national working or studying in the country, the child may need a Child Dependant Visa.

The company may be eligible to renew the licence or may need to apply for a new one, depending on its specific conditions.

During the sponsor licence renewal process, licenced sponsors are typically free from submitting additional documents. On the other hand, UK Visas and Immigration will write to you to request any specific records or evidence that they require.

In this case, you have five working days to submit the required documents.

If the employer’s current licencing has expired, sponsored workers are not permitted to work legally. If the employer is unable to obtain a new or renewed licence, they will have to quit the firm or the UK.

If they decide to stay, they can apply for a new visa and search for a different sponsor.

Some holders of sponsor licences may not want to renew because they are no longer sponsoring immigrants and will no longer require the permit. It is a good idea to use your SMS account to deny renewal and let your licence expire on its own.

Applications for Renewing UK Sponsor Licence usually take eight weeks to process. This is based on the absence of application issues and the non-conduct of an onsite compliance inspection by the Home Office.

If you need your sponsor licence renewed quickly, you may be eligible to pay for rapid processing. Your sponsor licencing application can be processed in as little as 10 days with this service.

But keep in mind that this service is only available to a restricted number of applications daily. They operate on a “first come, first served” basis.

Your sponsor licence can be renewed by applying through the sponsorship management system. This is explained in detail in the Home Office’s policy guidelines on the sponsor licence renewal procedure.
After being granted by the Home Office, a sponsor licence automatically expires after four years. There’s no automated process in place for renewals. To renew your sponsor licence, action must be taken by your HR department or by relevant staff.

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