Sponsor Licences List - Types of Licences
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Sponsor Licences List - A quick look
There is a Sponsor Licence for ‘workers’, which allows companies to hire workers for skilled and long-term positions; and a Sponsor Licence for ‘temporary workers’, allowing companies to hire workers for temporary positions. It is also possible to apply for a licence to employ both types of workers.
Sponsor Licences List - Licence Types
There are different types of Sponsor Licences, depending on the kinds of jobs needing to be filled:
- Workers – for skilled or long-term employment
- Temporary Workers – for specific types of temporary employment
- You can also apply for a licence to be able to hire both kinds of workers.
A ‘Worker’ Sponsor Licence allows businesses to hire workers for skilled or long-term positions.
Worker Visa routes include:
- Skilled Worker
The particular role must meet particular skill and salary requirements.
- Senior or Specialist Worker
For multinational companies which need to transfer employees to the UK.
- Minister of Religion
For individuals wanting to work in the UK for a religious organisation.
- International Sportsperson
For elite sportspeople, including coaches.
Temporary Worker Licence
A ‘Temporary Worker’ licence will let you sponsor workers on a temporary basis. Temporary Worker Visa routes include:
- Creative Worker
To work in the creative industry for up to 2 years, for example as an actor, film crew member, artist or entertainer.
- Charity Worker
For unpaid workers for a charity for up to 1 year.
- Religious Worker
For individuals working in a religious order or organisation for 2 years.
- Government Authorised Exchange
For work experience (1 year), research projects and training (2 years) to enable short term exchange of knowledge.
- International Agreement
Where the worker is to do a job that is covered by international law, such as employees of an overseas government.
- Graduate Trainee
For workers transferring to a UK branch of their employer’s company as part of a graduate training programme.
- Service Supplier
For workers with a contract to provide services for a UK company for 6 or 12 months.
- UK Expansion Worker
For workers sent to the UK to set up a new branch or subsidiary of an overseas business.
- Secondment Worker
For workers transferring from overseas to work for a different UK business as part of a high-value contract.
- Seasonal Worker
For workers in ‘edible horticulture’ (eg. fruit and vegetable picking) for up to 6 months.
In the event that a business has either a Workers licence, or a Temporary Workers licence, and needs to ‘upgrade’ it to be able to hire both kinds, it is possible to do so. There may be a fee to upgrade.
The costs of obtaining a Sponsor Licence depends on the type of licence a business applies for, and the size of that business. Find out about Sponsor Licence fees.
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