How to identify UK Sponsor Employer under Tier 2 General Visa.


If you possess the nationality of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or of Switzerland and you are seeking for skilled workers in the UK, then you are subject to submit Tier 2 Sponsor Licence application for entry clearance under the Tier 2 (General) visa. Tier 2 General visa entry parameters are varied and can appear stringent and are premised on the fact that there is a ‘genuine vacancy’. The Home Office publishes a Tier 2 sponsor list, called the Register of Licensed Sponsors, which lists all UK employers that hold a valid and concrete Tier 2 sponsorship license empowering them to employ skilled non-EEA workers. 


For aspirants of Tier 2 visas, the Tier 2 sponsor list can be a valuable resource and means to help in searching for suitable job offers in the UK from UK Tier 2 Sponsor licensed employers.


The Tier 2 sponsor list is a published record of organizations licensed to sponsor non-EEA migrant workers under Tiers 2 and 5 of the points-based system and framework. It is formally entitled as the ‘Home Office Register of Sponsors Licensed Under the Points-Based System’. The list is updated and restructured periodically. It recently demonstrates 30,441sponsors registered under Tier 2 altogether including Tier 5 patrons. The Tier 2 sponsor list incorporates information about the classification of workers a UK employer is licensed to sponsor and their certificate of sponsorship rating. A sponsor might be authorized or licensed under more than one Tier and may have various ratings as well as evaluations for every tier. 


There are four classes or categories under the Tier 2 sponsor licence route: 


• Tier 2 (General) – to empower non-EEA nationals to accept an employment opportunity that can’t be filled by an appropriately qualified or skilled settled worker. This comprises of workers going to the UK to fill shortage occupations, i.e.; there are insufficient workers in the domestic labour market to fulfil demand.


• Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer (ICT)) – to empower existing employees who are non-EEA nationals to be shifted to a UK branch. 


• Tier 2 (Sportsperson): to empower world-class athletes and coaches who are globally established to be situated in the UK. 


• Tier 2 (Minister of Religion): to empower religious workers to accept employment under the purview of the faith community in the UK. 


Most of the sponsors on the Tier 2 sponsor list are licensed under Tier 2 (General). Under this tier, employers are required to advertise any job offered to a non-EEA migrant worker if it does not appear on the Shortage Occupation List. This is known as the ‘resident labour market test’ prerequisite, to demonstrate that there are no appropriate workers already residing permanently in the UK and that the vacancy revealed and offered is genuine in its truest sense.


For every company on the Tier 2 sponsor list, there is a sponsorship rating. A sponsor licence can be evaluated or rated either ‘A’ or ‘B’. The Home Office will only grant a licence to those, who are capable to accomplish an A-rating, i.e.; the employer has set up viable human resource systems and frameworks to have the potential to meet their sponsor obligations. After the Tier 2 sponsor licence has been sanctioned, if the Home Office discovers substantial evidence that an organization is unable or reluctant to consistently fulfil its sponsor obligations, or there is evidence of immigration non-compliance, this may lead to the rating as downgraded one or to a ‘B’ rating, or the sponsor licence being suspended or in the most serious instances, revoked. If your sponsor loses their licence, the certificate of sponsorship will be cancelled and you may need to leave the UK. 


 When seeking for suitable sponsoring employers, you ought to make a list of companies or organizations from the Tier 2 sponsor list respective with your industry. Then you would be able to search through every organization utilizing online job search sites destinations to identify those recently advertising vacancies. The sponsoring employer should guarantee that any advertised job meets the Tier 2 skill and salary levels. To be granted a Tier 2 (General) visa, the job offer has to be certainly under the regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level 6 or above. In major cases, the minimum salary prerequisite is at least £20,800 per annum for ‘new entrants’ or £30,000 for ‘experienced workers’ – or the suitable rate for the specific job on offer, whichever is higher. The suitable rates of compensation for every job are set out under the Codes of Practice for skilled workers under the Immigration Rules (Table 2 – Occupations skilled to Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level 6 or above).


If you want to apply for Tier 2 Sponsor licence or want to apply for a certificate of sponsorship for your workers in the UK, you can speak to our UK Tier 2 Sponsor Immigration Experts on +91 9819 127 002 or email us at for further clarifications and queries. You can find our presence in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Bengaluru as well as Mumbai being our registered office along with international boundaries extending to London.