List of documents and information required to file Sponsor Licence Application for a UK Employer to apply for Tier 2 (General) Sponsor Licence

For applying for Sponsor Licence for the UK Employer, please provide at least four documents from the below list and all the information below:

Documents required

  1. a certificate of VAT registration 

  2. Current Financial Report or Audited Annual Report with the name of the Accountant clearly shown. The Accountant should be a member of an Accredited Accounting Body (CIMA, CIPFA, ACCA, ACA etc).

  3. Evidence of Registration with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as an employer to pay PAYE & National Insurance. Provide proof of PAYE Reference Number & Accounts Office Reference Number. (Evidence of registration must be original or certified copies of documentation issued by HMRC only)

  4. Latest Notice to file a Company Tax Return - CT603 & Company Tax Return - CT600 (Both parts must be supplied).

  5. Certificate of VAT registration; and/or latest VAT return confirming VAT registration number if turnover in excess of £85,000.

  6. Latest Corporate/Business Bank Statement and/or a letter from your Bank setting out the dealings it has had with you, including the nature and duration of its dealings. Please note that if both documents are submitted, this will only count as one document 

  7. Proof of ownership or lease of your business premises. If you send a copy of your lease agreement it must be signed by all parties concerned.

  8. If you are required to be registered with and/or inspected/monitored by a regulatory body to operate lawfully in the UK, UKVI will need to check that you are registered and to see your last inspection report where appropriate.


Information required

you must provide the information below (as well as the documents from the following tables) or your application will be rejected. Tell us: 

• why are you applying for a sponsor licence 

• what sector you operate in 

• what are your opening/operating hours 

You must provide an up to date hierarchy chart detailing any owner, director and board members. 

If your business has 50 employees or fewer, you must list all employees and set out the names and titles of all staff. 

Tell us about the jobs you wish to fill and for which you intend to assign a certificate of sponsorship (CoS). 

Include the following information for each job: 

• job title and Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code

• duties 

• where the job sits on the hierarchy chart referred to above 

• minimum salary you would guarantee if the job were vacant today 

• skill, experience and qualifications required 

You must indicate which jobs are currently vacant and for which you intend to assign a CoS. 

If you have already identified someone that you wish to employ via the sponsorship system, you should provide evidence of how you identified this person. 

If you identified this person as a result of a recruitment process, you should include copies of advertisements placed to recruit for the job, details of any applicants and why they were not suitable for the job. 

You should confirm whether the person is already working for you. 

If you have not advertised the job and the migrant is not currently working for you, you should confirm how you identified that this person was the most suitable for the job. 


If you have already identified a person, including if they are a migrant already working for you, and intend to assign a CoS to them, you should provide the following details of the person: 

• full name 

• date of birth 

• nationality 

• current immigration status 

• current job title and duties 

• 3 monthly payslips, if applicable


For Small employers(less than 50 employees) or for new Businesses the following Information is required:

  • What is the employee’s role in the business (include job title and details of the duties their role entails) and the SOC Code for the position you are wanting to fill?

  • What is the salary for this position?

  • Please provide evidence to show how you can sustain this salary such as accounts (if not already provided), and any available sales forecasts and business development plans.

  • Please could you state the number of employees you currently employ and provide a current up to date hierarchy/organisation chart for your current staff employed along with their National Insurance number/s which also includes all Directors of the company?

  • Please state which method you use to advertise any vacancies and provide documentation to demonstrate this? 

  • Please note we will only grant a Tier 2 Licence where a role is highly specialised and therefore the position could not be easily filled from the local labour market, or when a business has been unable to find a suitable candidate following a thorough and appropriate recruitment search. Please provide evidence and state why this role is a specialised role and please state which skills/experience/educational qualifications the potential candidate would require?

  • What other previous employment or business experience does the applicant need to have? If no experience is necessary then can you state why a person from the resident labour market cannot do the job?

  • Please provide evidence such as job adverts to show that you have made genuine efforts to fill these positions or to recruit from the local labour market before recruiting candidates from outside the UK and EEA and can you details the number of people that applied and reasons for refusal on each resident worker who applied.

  • Can you details the number of people that applied and reasons for refusal on each resident worker 

  • Please provide any current and proposed contracts for migrant workers.


Rules for Certifying documents:

Certifying a document 

8.4 The person certifying the documents must be:  

the issuing authority,  a practicing barrister, a solicitor,  a notary, a chartered accountant for certification of financial documents only

The person must not be:  

related to you

  living at the same address

  in a personal relationship with you 


The certifier must confirm the copy of the document by:

 writing ‘Certified to be a true copy of the original seen by me’ on the document

  signing and dating it  

printing their name under the signature 

 adding their occupation, address and telephone number


If a document has more than one page we will accept the document if the pages are bound together and the certification statement must include the number of pages the document contains. If a certifier’s details cannot be verified, the document will be rejected.


Printouts of PDF files are copies of an original document and must be certified in line with guidelines above. The certifier must confirm that they have seen the original email containing the file.

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