Sponsor a Tier 2 or 5 worker: guidance for employers

Guide on how to apply for a Tier 2 or 5 sponsor licence and how to sponsor a migrant worker.


Tier 2 and 5 of the points-based system: guidance for sponsors

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This is the full policy guidance on sponsoring a migrant worker.

Use this guide to find out how to:

  • apply for an employer’s sponsor licence
  • employ people from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who will be doing a role under Tier 2 or 5 of the points-based system
Published 22 January 2014
Last updated 11 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance for use on or after 11 January 2018.
  2. Updated guidance
  3. Updated guidance for use on or after 6 April 2017.
  4. Updated guidance, including an addendum about 'information on the skills charge'.
  5. Updated guidance for use on or after 24 November.
  6. Updated guidance for use on or after 6 April.
  7. Updated guidance.
  8. Updated guidance from 19 November 2015.
  9. Updated sponsor guidance.
  10. Updated guidance.
  11. New version published for use on or after 6 November 2014.
  12. Updated guidance.
  13. New version of sponsor guidance.
  14. Updated.
  15. First published.