To apply for a licence, you must register your details online by completing the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) ‘Online sponsor application registration’. Once you have registered, you will be able to log in to the UKVI ‘Sponsor application log in’. You will need a credit or debit card to pay for your application.
Appendix A of the guidance for sponsors sets out the documentary evidence required to validate your application. You should make sure you will be able to send all of your documents in as soon as you have sent your application.
If you have all the necessary information before starting, the online sponsor application will take about 30 minutes to complete.
You must make the application yourself. A representative can help you to fill in your application but must not send it on your behalf. If we find this has happened, we will refuse your application and not refund your fee. The ‘Key personnel’ section has more information on appointing representatives once a licence has been granted.
Once you have sent your online application, you must send the following documents to validate it:
- the original submission sheet, not a certified copy, signed and dated by the authorising officer – all pages must be sent
- original or certified copies of all the mandatory documents listed in Appendix A of the guidance for sponsors and on the submission sheet.
These must all be sent in together within 5 working days of the date you complete your online application.
If any items are missing or incorrect, your application will be invalid. We reject invalid applications and refund the application fee.
If there are any documents specified in Appendix A, other than mandatory documents, missing from your application, or if we require any more documents or information, we will contact you by email. We will give you 5 working days to send the documents or information we ask for. We must receive all the documents or information by the end of the deadline date. If you are sending in anything by post, you must respond to our email request by return email, within the deadline, telling us that you have posted the information and providing any postal reference or tracking numbers.
If you have not contacted us by the end of the deadline date, we will assume that you have not responded and your application will then be refused and your fee will not be refunded. It is important that your authorising officer and key contact are available while we consider your application, to deal with any requests we may need to make. The ‘Authorising officer and ‘Key contact’ sections have more information.
We always email the person named as your key contact if we need any further information or documents. We may also email your authorising officer.
When making a licence application, as well as providing all the documents required in Appendix A, there are specific requirements for each tier, categories, or sub categories. The ‘Applying for a licence: tier specific’ section has more information on this.