UK self sponsorship and the skilled worker visa: FAQs
Can self sponsorship lead to permanent settlement in the UK?
Yes, if you are successful in obtaining a sponsor licence and subsequently obtaining a skilled worker visa then in the future you may be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK which can later be followed by British citizenship.
If you are in the UK on a skilled worker visa, then you must have been working and living in the UK for at least 2 years before you can apply for indefinite leave to remain. If you are in the UK on a different UK visa, then this time increases to 5 years - but please consult an immigration lawyer to obtain tailored information regarding your circumstance.
Once you have obtained indefinite leave to remain in the UK, you must have lived in the UK for at least 5 years and have held indefinite leave to remain for at least one year. Indefinite leave to remain can lead to British citizenship.
At Paragon Law, our immigration lawyers are able to assist those individuals who are looking to either obtain indefinite leave to remain through a skilled worker visa, or those who are looking to apply for British citizenship after having the previous two statuses.
How much does it cost to apply for a sponsor licence?
The specific fee for applying for a sponsor licence is determined by the size and type of your organisation. The cost to apply for a sponsor licence as a ‘small’ or charitable organisation is £536, whilst to apply for a sponsor licence as a medium or large sponsor is £1476. This fee is must be made every time an organisation wishes to renew their licence (every four years).
A ‘small’ organisation is one in which meets at least two of the following:
Has an annual turnover of £10.2 million or less.
Has total assets worth £5.1 million or less.
Has 50 employees or fewer.
A ‘charitable’ organisation is one in which:
How much is a skilled worker visa?
The cost of applying for a skilled worker visa ranges from £625 - £1423 - with the specific cost being dependent on your circumstances. However, in addition to paying the visa application costs, at the time of making the visa application you will also be required to pay the immigration health surcharge (IHS) which currently stands at £624 per year. The immigration health surcharge enables you to access NHS services and it is a mandatory requirement.
If you are able to implement the points discussed and in particular, employ a UK resident, then a UK immigration law advisor will be able to advise you on the acquisition of a sponsor licence and your subsequent ‘self-sponsorship’.
How can Paragon Law help?
If you require assistance regarding self-sponsorship in the UK then please get in touch with us. Please note that our immigration lawyers will offer a fixed fee initial consultation (starting at £100).