Sponsorship Licence and Intra-Company Visas

Setting up a company in the UK and employing someone from outside the UK will result in you needing to acquire a sponsor licence or alternatively an Intra-Company Visa..

Sponsorship Licence or Intra-Company Visa?


sponsor licence is a licence granted to the employer by the UK Government’s Home Office that enables them to hire skilled nationals from non-EEA (European Economic Area) countries. Employers must apply for a sponsor licence and provide evidence of their eligibility and that they meet the strict requirements set by the Home Office.

An Intra-Company Visa, on the other hand, allows an employee to transfer to the UK from an overseas branch of a UK company in order to undertake work on a specific project or assist with setting up the company.

Paul Beare Ltd can work with you to ensure you have the correct licence and/or visa for your company. Our comprehensive support services include support in the following areas:

  • Checking eligibility of the company for a sponsor licence
  • Determining which licence is relevant to the employer
  • Becoming your appointed representative to manage the sponsorship process on behalf of your company and manage the sponsorship management system (SMS)
  • Applying for your licence on behalf of your company and gather all supporting documents
  • Once approved, assign certificates of sponsorship to each foreign worker you employ
  • Determine any additional immigration skills charges
  • Liaise with any UK employees to provide the sponsorship certificate for their UK Visa application

Our advice and recommendations are there to support your overseas company.

Get in touch for additional advice or further guidance on either Sponsorship Licence and or Intra-Company Visas.