Workers and Temporary Workers: guidance for sponsors part 2: sponsor a worker

Guidance for sponsors on sponsoring a worker.


Workers and Temporary Workers: guidance for sponsors part 2: sponsor a worker – general information

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General information for licensed sponsors on how to sponsor a person on the Worker and Temporary Worker immigration routes.

Published 9 December 2020
Last updated 14 April 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added accessible version.

  2. Updated guidance to reflect the introduction of the new Global Business Mobility routes and the new Part 5 exemption order for licensed sponsors.

  3. Guidance updated with the following changes: S1.18, S3.18, S9.10 (third bullet point): minor amendments to reflect that jobs under occupation code 6145 (Care workers and home carers) have been added to Appendix Shortage Occupation List and are now eligible for the Skilled Worker route (as set out in Statement of Changes HC 1009); S2.12, S2.13: amended to reflect the ending of the fee concession for Certificates of Sponsorship assigned to CESC nationals from 26 February 2022 (as set out in Schedule 3 to the Immigration and Nationality (Replacement of T2 Sportsperson Route and Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2021); S7.56: minor clarification on carrying out right to work checks on workers who hold a biometric residence permit; other minor housekeeping changes.

  4. S1.2 to S1.14: various clarifications on employing EU, EEA and Swiss nationals, and other minor amendments. S7.27 to S7.28: minor clarification on when a worker needs an ATAS certificate. S7.48 to S7.54: guidance updated to reflect introduction of ‘e-Visas’ for some Skilled Workers, and other minor amendments. Throughout: minor housekeeping changes.

  5. Updated to reflect changes to the Immigration Rules, including the introduction of the new International Sportsperson and Creative Worker routes and rebranding of the other T5 (Temporary Worker) routes, to update the process for checking whether a worker needs an ATAS certificate, and to make other minor amendments and clarifications.

  6. Updated guidance with various changes including to provide additional clarification on the ATAS requirement for researchers.

  7. Added accessible version.

  8. Updated guidance reflects changes to the Immigration Rules as set out in the Statement of Changes (HC 1248). Including clarifying the circumstances in which a Skilled Worker’s salary can be reduced without a new application for permission, the introduction of the ATAS requirement for certain roles from 21 May 2021, and minor clarifications.

  9. First published.