Appendix A: Supporting Documents For Sponsor Licence Applications Updated (Version 05/23)

Business Immigration, 31 May 2023

Appendix A: supporting documents for sponsor licence applications has been updated, to be used for all sponsor licence applications made or decided on or after 31 May 2023. Appendix A lists all of the documents which a company must send to the Home Office to support its application for a Sponsor Licence on the Worker, Temporary Worker and Student routes.

The updated version replaces version 04/23 (published on 14 April 2023).

Global Business Mobility (GBM): UK Expansion Worker route amendments (Australian Businesses)

Under the new guidance and with the coming into force of the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement on 31 May 2023, Appendix A: supporting documents for sponsor licence applications has been updated to reflect that an Australian business expanding to the UK under the Free Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Australia does not need to submit evidence that it has been trading overseas for at least 3 years as part of a sponsor licence application.

Such Australian businesses must however, still submit all of the following as part of an application:

  • Proof of your UK ‘footprint’ (Companies House reference number or lease of business premises)
  • Evidence you have been trading overseas for at least 12 months before the date of your application
  • Evidence of your planned expansion to the UK including evidence of your capability to fund your planned expansion
  • Additional documents such as Articles of Association (or equivalent document) for your overseas business, annual reports and investor information or evidence of engagement with, or advice sought from, specialist advice companies, such as company formation businesses, relocation firms, UK corporate law services, tax services, or the British Chamber of Commerce

What is the Global Business Mobility (GBM): UK Expansion Worker visa?

The Global Business Mobility: UK Expansion Worker visa route enables overseas businesses seeking to expand into the UK to temporarily assign senior managers and specialist employees to the UK to establish a branch or wholly-owned subsidiary of the overseas business in the UK.

Implications for companies

An overseas business seeking to assign senior managers or specialist employees to the UK to establish a branch or wholly-owned subsidiary of the overseas business in the UK must be authorised by the Home Office to sponsor GBM: UK Expansion Worker visa holders and hold a valid sponsor licence for the GBM: UK Expansion Worker route.

If you do not already hold a sponsor licence, you must apply for one by completing the online application form, paying the relevant application fee, and submitting the supporting evidence specified in the sponsor guidance.

For your sponsor licence application to be valid, you must send the Home Office all of the documents within 5 working days of the date on which you submitted your online sponsor licence application. If any of the mandatory documents are missing or incorrect, your application will be invalid and the application fee will be refunded.

It is imperative that you submit the correct documents to avoid labour shortages and business disruption.

For more detailed UK immigration advice and for any other questions on this and other UK immigration developments, please contact us at info@viajeukimmigration.com