Changes to UK visas in 2024: A significant modification to the sponsor license application process will take effect in April to facilitate employment. Six things to be aware of

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UK work visa: The Home Office recently announced that they would shortly do away with the requirement to renew sponsor licenses every four years, which is a huge relief to both employers and foreign nationals living in the UK. Employers in the nation, who previously had to cope with a ton of paperwork and expensive fees to retain staff, will find this to be a huge help.

As per the information provided on by UK Visas and Immigration, a UK sponsor licence is mandatory for those who wish to hire non-UK nationals, including citizens of EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, who arrived in the UK after December 31, 2020. Education providers also required a sponsor license in order to bring faculty and students from abroad to the UK. This is all the information you require:

What is the new rule:

  • The rules that required sponsor licenses to be renewed every four years will no longer exist from April 6.
  • Once it starts, sponsor licenses that are expiring will be automatically extended by ten years, eliminating the need for renewals altogether.
  • Sponsors holding valid licenses within this timeframe are not required to take any action – their licenses are automatically covered by the extension.

What were the earlier rule:

  • Earlier, the businesses that sponsored licenses had to first submit applications 90 days before they expired.
  • They were also required to pay hefty fee between £536 and £1,476 depending on their size and charity status.
  • Processing times for renewals could also stretch up to eight weeks.

In the renewal procedure, the UK Home Office will reimburse application fees to sponsors; however, sponsors are urged to use the online Sponsorship Management System (SMS) to confirm the expiration date of their license. It stated that contacts have been made with sponsors who have already started the renewal process.

In the UK, immigration has always been a sensitive topic. The government of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak intends to raise the expense of recruiting foreign workers, with a significant increase in pay requirements announced in December.


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