The Role of the Sponsor
A Sponsor is a UK based organisation that wishes to employ an overseas applicant in the UK. For the purposes of the Tier System, an overseas applicant is a national of a country outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland.
In order to sponsor applicants, an employer will need to have registered with the UK Border Agency as a Licensed Sponsor. For this registration to be accepted, the employer will need to meet certain requirements for the particular category of Tier 2 and accept certain responsibilities to help with immigration control.
The Sponsor will need to assign a Certificate of Sponsorship before an applicant can apply for leave to enter the UK or remain in the UK under Tier 2. The Certificate of Sponsorship will act as an assurance that the applicant is able to undertake a particular job and intends to do so.
The Sponsor has a number of record keeping and reporting duties for the applicants that it sponsors.
1. Record Keeping Duties:
- Keeping copies of the applicant’s passport or UK immigration status document and contact details
2. Reporting Duties:
The UK Border Agency must be informed of the following:
- If a sponsored migrant does not turn up for his or her first day of work
- If a sponsored migrant is absent from work for more than 10 working days, without the sponsor’s reasonably granted permission
- If a sponsored migrant’s period of engagement is ended as a result of the migrant resigning or being dismissed
- If any registration that the sponsored migrant needs to work in the UK (such as with a governing body) is ended
- If the sponsor stops sponsoring the migrant for any other reason (example: if the migrant moves into another immigration route that does not require a sponsor)
- If there are any significant changes in the migrant’s circumstances (example: change of job or salary excluding annual pay rise)
- If the Sponsor has any information which suggests that the migrant s breaching the conditions of his or her leave
- If the Sponsor has any information which suggests that the migrant may be engaging in terrorism or other criminal activity (The Sponsor must also pass any such information to the Police)