Sponsorship: guidance for employers and educators

Information for student and worker sponsors, including full policy guidance, using the sponsorship management system and how to get help.

This collection includes documents for businesses and educational institutions that sponsor foreign workers and students. It includes:

  • sponsorship policy guidance
  • guides to using the business helpdesk and educators helpdesk
  • codes of practice
  • user manuals for the sponsorship management system (SMS)
  • technical details for bulk data transfers
  • lists of licensed sponsors

The codes of practice for skilled workers for certificates of sponsorship assigned on or after 6 April 2017 can be found in Appendix J of the Immigration Rules.

Sponsorship policy guidance

How to get help

Codes of practice

All the creative codes of practice are contained in the Immigration Rules, Appendix J, Table 8

User manuals: sponsorship management system (SMS)

Bulk data transfer: technical details

Lists of licensed sponsors

Published 22 January 2014
Last updated 5 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added guidance on priority change of circumstances for sponsors and Tier 2 and 5 priority service request form.

  2. Link to updated shortage occupation list added under codes of practice.

  3. Updated information.

  4. Tier 2 shortage occupation list from 6 April 2015 addition to the codes of practice section.

  5. Updated SMS documents.

  6. First published.