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UK Expansion Worker Licence

UK Expansion Worker Sponsor Licence

If you are an overseas business looking to establish a UK branch or subsidiary, you may need to apply for a UK expansion worker sponsor licence. This licence will allow you to send your senior managers or specialist employees to the UK to undertake work related to your business expansion. Freeths LLP can help you with the application process and ensure that you meet all the requirements and obligations as a sponsor.

How can I secure a UK expansion worker licence?

To sponsor a UK expansion worker, you need to hold a valid UK expansion worker sponsor licence. This licence will allow you to issue certificates of sponsorship (CoS) to your eligible workers, who can then apply to enter and work in the UK.

Requirements for a UK expansion worker sponsor licence

To apply for a UK expansion worker sponsor licence, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must be an overseas business with no branch, subsidiary or other representative in the UK
  • You must have an overseas trading presence and have a UK footprint
  • You must have credible plans to expand to the UK
  • You must have a genuine need to send workers to the UK for your business expansion
  • You must have suitable systems in place to monitor and comply with your sponsorship duties
  • You can only sponsor the number of workers that you genuinely need to establish your UK business, up to a maximum of 5 workers. Each worker must meet the eligibility criteria.

How can our immigration solicitors help you?

We have extensive experience and expertise in advising and assisting overseas businesses with their immigration needs. We can help you with your UK expansion worker sponsor licence application by:

  • Assessing your eligibility and suitability for the licence
  • Advising you on the application process, fees and documents
  • Preparing and submitting your online application form
  • Liaising with the Home Office on your behalf
  • Supporting you with any queries or issues that may arise
  • Providing guidance and support on your sponsorship duties and compliance
  • We can also help you with issuing certificates of sponsorship to your workers, advising them on their visa applications, and assisting them with any immigration matters during their stay in the UK.

Why choose Freeths?

Freeths LLP is a full-service law firm with a reputation for delivering real results. We are known for our innovative, practical, and commercial legal advice. 

We have a dedicated team of immigration solicitors who specialise in business immigration and global mobility. Our team has extensive knowledge and experience of the sponsorship routes, including the UK expansion worker route. We have helped many overseas businesses successfully expand to the UK and secure their sponsor licences.

We offer a personalised service that is tailored to your specific needs and objectives. We understand the challenges and opportunities that come with expanding your business to a new market. We will work closely with you to ensure that your immigration strategy aligns with your business goals and supports your growth.

We offer competitive fees and transparent pricing. We will ensure that you get value for money and a high-quality service.

If you are interested in applying for a UK expansion worker sponsor licence or want to find out more about our immigration services, please contact us today.

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