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

  1. Sponsorship: sporting code of practice

User manuals: sponsorship management system (SMS)

  1. Introduction to the sponsorship management system: SMS guide 1
  2. Manage your sponsorship licence: SMS guide 2
  3. Applications, renewals and services: SMS guide 3
  4. Creating and assigning CAS: SMS guide 4
  5. Creating a CAS: guide for education sponsors, SMS guide 4a
  6. Reporting student activity: SMS guide 5
  7. Miscellaneous CAS functions: SMS guide 6
  8. Bulk data transfer of CAS: SMS guide 7
  9. Creating and assigning a CoS: SMS guide 8
  10. Creating a CoS: guide for business sponsors (SMS guide 8a)
  11. Reporting worker activity: SMS guide 9
  12. Miscellaneous certificate of sponsorship functions: SMS guide 10
  13. Tier 5 creative and sport certificate of sponsorship: SMS guide 11
  14. Restricted certificate of sponsorship: SMS guide 12

Bulk data transfer: technical details

Lists of licensed sponsors

Published 22 January 2014
Last updated 3 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. Link to updated shortage occupation list added under codes of practice.
  2. Updated information.
  3. Tier 2 shortage occupation list from 6 April 2015 addition to the codes of practice section.
  4. Updated SMS documents.
  5. First published.