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UK Sponsor Licence Renewal Requirement Extended by 10 Years from April 2024

Published 22 July 2024

The UK Home Office is introducing a significant change in Sponsor Licence management, effective April 2024. Here’s a concise update:

Automatic 10-Year Sponsor Licence Extensions

  • Sponsor Licences expiring on or after April 6th 2024 will receive an automatic 10-year extension. No action is needed from licence holders unless they wish to surrender the licence.

Confirmation on SMS

  • To confirm the extension, Sponsor Licence holders should check their licence summary page on the SMS (Sponsor Management System).

No Action Needed

  • If your licence expires on or after April 6, 2024, you don’t need to take any action, and renewal notices can be ignored.

Licences Expiring Before April 6th 2024

  • Licences expiring between January 25th 2024 and April 6th 2024 still require the existing renewal process, including payment.

Surrendering the Licence

  • If you no longer need a Sponsor Licence, you must actively surrender it by notifying the Home Office.

This development extends the Sponsor Licence validity by 10 years, streamlining processes and resources for businesses. However, compliance remains crucial, as the Home Office can still enforce penalties for breaches.

For questions or concerns regarding the new rules and compliance practices, please contact Five Star.

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