To make an application to renew a Sponsor License, the Sponsor must do so online via the online Sponsor Management System (SMS). Once the request has been made a ‘Submission sheet’ will be generated which will need to be completed, signed and sent off. The UKBA will then make a thorough assessment on the Sponsor Licence details. Should more documentation be required the UKBA will write to request any further information or documents. If the documents are not submitted then the UKBA are likely to refuse the application and the fee paid will not be refunded.
Visit by the UKBA
The UKBA may decide to undertake a visit in connection with the application. The UKBA will then decide on one of the following options;
- Grant the application to renew your licence
- Downgrade the licence to a B rating
- Revoke the licence
Sponsors cannot apply to renew their license more than 3 months before their Sponsor Licence is due to expire, unless they have been given a special invitation by the UKBA. Renewal applications can take up to 3-6 weeks to be granted therefore we would advise that a request is made as soon as it is possible in order to receive confirmation in advance of a Sponsor Licence expiry date.
Failure to renew Licence
If the licence expires and is not renewed, sponsors will no longer have a license.