You must have both of the following:
- a certificate of sponsorship reference number from your UK sponsor
- £945 in savings - this is to prove you can support yourself and you must have had this in your bank account for 90 days before you apply
You will not need £945 in savings if your fully approved (‘A-rated’) sponsor has stated on your certificate of sponsorship that they’ll certify your maintenance and that you will not claim benefits during your stay.
Certificate of sponsorship
A certificate of sponsorship is a reference number which holds information about the job and your personal details. It’s not an actual certificate or paper document.
Your sponsor will give you your certificate of sponsorship reference number.
They must also give you some other information to help you to apply, for example your working hours.
You’ll need to add your certificate of sponsorship reference number to your application form - you can only use it once.
Your certificate of sponsorship is valid for 3 months from the date it is assigned to you.
Your sponsor can give you a multiple entry certificate of sponsorship so you can leave and return to the UK.