Employer Sponsor Licence Renewal Process

Employer Sponsor Licence Renewal Process

The Employer Sponsor Licence renewal processing timeline  is not automatic. Your Licence must be up to date and accurate before you submit the renewal request. At least three months prior to the expiry date of your Licence you will be reminded to renew it.

The renewal process is relatively straight forward.  However you will need to reassure yourself that you have remained compliant with your duties as a Sponsor. Additionally, you must continue to have the resources in place to sponsor your Tier 2 workforce.

Even if you do not intend to sponsor anymore Migrants under Tier 2. You must keep your licence live for those who are currently under Tier 2 Sponsorship. Once you application has been submitted you will be required to pay the processing fee.


Renewal Process

If your company has grown considerably over the last four years, you may want to check which fee you should now be paying. While the application for renewal is being considered your Licence will be temporarily extended in order to allow time for the Compliance Officer to visit your premises. In order to approve your licence they must satisfy themselves that you continue to meet their compliance duties.

It is not always necessary for them to visit, however if they find through their initial checks that you are not compliant they may want to visit you to find out why.

If the Home Office is satisfied you are compliant, it is likely they will renew your licence and give you an A-rated Sponsorship status. However if they find that you need to improve they may downgrade you to a B-rating. The B-Rating will remain until such times as you put the practices in place for them to reward you with an A-Rating.

If you do not make your renewal application by before the expiry of your Licence. Your licence will expire the following day.


22.1 If you have been granted a licence and later applied for an extra tier, category or subcategory, the expiry date of the original licence will apply to all extra tiers, categories or subcategories which you added.


What happens if I do not renew my Licence before it expires?

If you do not apply to renew your licence and it expires, you will no longer be a licensed sponsor from the date that it expired and your Tier 2 Migrant workforce may be in breach of the rules.

Which means that:

  • You will not be able to access your SMS account.
  • You cannot assign any more certificates of sponsorship (CoS).
  • The Home Office will shorten the Tier 2’s leave, or worker authorisation of any migrants you are sponsoring to 60 calendar days.
  • Your details will be removed from the ‘Register of licensed sponsors: workers’ on GOV.UK.

If you have any sponsored migrants working for you, you must renew your licence before it expires if you want them to continue working for you, even if you do not plan to sponsor any new migrants.


The Home Office may ask for other information or documents not listed on the website.  Any requested information or documents must be submitted within 5 working days.
You should renew your licence early, or at least one month before the expiry date.

If your licence has expired and a decision to reject or refuse your renewal application is taken.  You will not be able to make another application to renew your licence. Furthermore, you must observe a 6 month cooling off period before you can apply again.

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