Renew your Sponsor Licence

A sponsor licence is usually valid for four years. Retain your ability to recruit overseas workers by applying for a renewal before your sponsor licence expires.

Licences are valid for four years so if you want to continue to sponsor migrants, including existing sponsored employees, you need to apply for a renewal before your licence expires. Failure to renew in time can incur penalties, and any sponsored employees risk their visas being curtailed. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help safeguard your business and your workers by renewing your sponsor licence.

how can lexus law help?
  • We will help you to gather any additional documentation required by UKVI.
  • We will review your Sponsor Management System (SMS) account to make sure all your licence details are accurate before applying for your renewal.
  • We will prepare you for a visit from the UKVI, ensuring your sponsorship duties have been complied with and you have adequate record-keeping processes in place.

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Contact us today to find out how our accomplished immigration lawyers can assist with your sponsor licence renewal application.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to renew a sponsor licence?

Renewal applications cost the same as first-time licence applications; £536 for a small company or charity, and £1,476 a medium/large company.

When should I renew my licence?

You can apply to renew up to 90 days before your licence is due to expire, but we recommend you begin preparing for your application well in advance. Renewal applications are open for submission up to the expiry date of your licence; you do not need to have received the renewal decision before the licence expires, but you must have submitted your application on the SMS before this date.

Will my existing sponsored workers be affected if I don’t renew?

Yes, if you currently employ sponsored migrants, you will need to renew your licence, even if you don’t plan to hire any further overseas workers. If you do not renew your licence in time, your existing sponsored workers face their UK visas being curtailed.

How do I renew my licence?

Renewal applications must be submitted online through the Sponsor Management System (SMS).

Will the Home Office visit my business before renewing my licence?

We can’t say for sure whether UKVI will conduct a compliance visit or not. However, you should prepare under the assumption that they will, particularly if you have not received a compliance visit in the previous four years. We can help you to prepare for a visit from the Home Office, including a mock audit if required.

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Contact us to book your complimentary consultation.

If you need trustworthy legal advice regarding immigration in the UK, we would be pleased to help. Fill in our contact form with a brief overview of your situation and we will be in touch as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation with our immigration law experts.


Let us review your circumstances and provide a quotation.

During your free consultation, we will provide guidance on how we can support you with your immigration needs. Once we have assessed your current situation and objectives, we will advise on the best course of action and will supply a quotation for our recommended services.


Leave the complex legal matters to our dedicated immigration lawyers.

Once you have approved the quote, we will supply you with our full terms of business. After the terms have been agreed to, we will work closely with you (or on your behalf where appropriate) to achieve your immediate and long-term UK immigration goals.

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