Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Services

Tier 2 Sponsor Licence applications: do you need a lawyer?

Not necessarily.

As with any engagement for services, it is a balance between the time taken by you or your company to do it yourself (and the risk of getting things wrong), versus the fees paid to an expert to do it on your behalf.

The following is an outline of the points we usually make in an initial call:


There are 200+ pages of Home Office  guidance to navigate (not including appendices, or 12 manuals on how to use  the Sponsor Management System). This can be especially time-consuming for small companies. Everyone  agrees that the Tier 2 sponsor licence structure is administratively burdensome.  Although change is promised, it has not yet arrived. 

Instructing a lawyer is likely to significantly reduce the time spent by a company in applying for a sponsor licence, and which can be better invested building the business. 


On a technical level, there are many areas in which a specialist lawyer can add value. The main ones are as follows

  • Resident Labour Market Test: if required (a key question in itself), we usually advise that this is carried out prior to applying for the licence. We can advise on the wording of the advert, on which there is strict guidance, where it needs to be placed, and how to deal with candidates who apply
  •  HR policies and processes: sponsor companies must have HR policies and processes in order to monitor sponsored migrant employees. Having advised many companies on their HR policies and procedures in the past, we are able to see where processes can be improved in ensure compliance with 
  • Contractual relationship with sponsored migrant: we can advise on key clauses in the migrant's employment contract to ensure clarity in the rights and responsibilities required of both the migrant and sponsoring company regarding reporting events
  • Ongoing compliance: as a part of the sponsor licence application, we are able to brief company staff on what steps they will need to take in order to maintain compliance with the sponsor regime, including reporting to the Home Office in certain events. We also offer an ongoing compliance service and training if required.  
  • Overall strategy: with experience in the full range of UK immigration advice, we are able to advise on alternative routes for prospective employees. 


The risk for companies usually arises during a Home Office visit. Guidance as to what can happen during these visits runs to 126 pages.    

The point is, errors made by companies years previously - during the set-up of the licence of after - can be grounds for revocation or downgrade of the licence by the Home Office. For a small business, this can have a devastating impact. 


We charge a fixed fee of £3,500 to assist with applications for a sponsor licence. This includes advice and assistance on the completion of a Resident Labour Market Test (if required). Full details of the service are set out below. 

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We have over 10 years experience advising within the immigration law sector. Please read some of our reviews collected in the past few years.  

If you instruct Edgewater Legal, you will deal with Nick Nason, listed on the Lexis Nexis immigration experts panel. You will not deal with junior lawyers or paralegals.  

Nick regularly writes about UK immigration issues, including the issues facing Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holders and those applying for licences, for a leading immigration law website.

In particular, Nick has written about the extremely serious impact of revocation for Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holders, as well as the likely implications of Brexit for this particular corner of the UK immigration system. 

He has been interviewed by both the Guardian and the i Newspaper for comment in immigration cases, also appearing in Private Eye

  • Initial no-obligation phone consultation to discuss eligibility
  • Face to face meetings/telephone conferences as desired
  • Detailed letter of advice and guidance on the application process, and what is required
  • Detailed scrutiny of supporting documents prior to submission
  • Advice in relation to HR documents, processes and procedures
  • ​Completion of RLMT process if necessary prior to dispatch of application
  • Drafting of a covering letter to be sent with application
  • Preparation for Home Office visit (if required)
  • Liaising with Home Office decision-makers
  • Advice and guidance on rights and responsibilities under the licence, with ongoing support if required

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