If you want to employ someone from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) to work for you in the UK, you will need a Sponsor Licence.
You will not be granted a Sponsor Licence if you have unspent convictions for immigration offences, or certain other offences, or a history of failing to comply with sponsorship requirements.
You will also have to demonstrate that you have legitimate vacancies within your business or organisation which can be filled by a skilled worker from outside of the EEA.
You must have a place of business at which Home Office officials can visit you to ensure that you are keeping up with your responsibilities as a sponsor of overseas workers.
You will also have to appoint an officer of your organisation to take responsibility for managing sponsored workers.
If successful you will be added to the Register of Sponsors as an A-Grade sponsor, able to issue certificates of sponsorship.
Failing to keep up with your commitments as a sponsor may result in being downgraded to a B Grade – meaning you will no longer be able to issue new certificates, although existing certificates will remain valid and can possibly still be renewed.