Sponsor Licensing

Use our specialist expertise to gain (and retain) a licence to recruit internationally. Position your business to meet the rules and avoid restrictions.

Understand what you can and can’t do, choose the best and most reliable source of information and advice.

Have you suffered licence loss? Did your previous agent or solicitor mess up? Then turn to us for responsible care and guidance. Entrust your most important recruitment asset to a highly conscientious and trustworthy professional. We succeed where others fail.

Your business must meet stringent criteria to justify a sponsor licence.

A sponsor licence should not be viewed as a primary means of fulfilling your staffing needs.

In the last 10 years the government has helped the nation’s Asian restaurants bring Chefs and managers from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, China and Dubai on work visas.

The present day sponsorship system places a sizeable and daunting legal responsibility on employers for the immigration control of its non EU migrant workers.

Sponsor licensing is complex and tightly regulated legal permission to employ, or ‘sponsor’ skilled non EU migrants. Increasing controls and limitations have made a sponsor licence much more difficult to obtain, and very limiting as a means of staffing your business. Sponsorship should not be viewed as a primary route to fulfilling your staffing needs.

Are you eligible for a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence?

Your business must meet stringent criteria to justify a sponsor licence. The government’s drive to reduce dependency on non EU workers means exhaustive efforts must be made to recruit a British / EU national, or a settled worker before a job is offered to a migrant. This is known as Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT). It is not enough to advertise the post for 28 days before assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). A thorough recruitment process must be carried out with detailed evidence retained for inspection. Failure to do so is a breach of sponsor rules and will lead to licence revocation or refusal if applying for a new licence.

The size, scale and nature of your business as well as the job roles will also be a determining factor in granting you a licence. In addition Home Office apply rigorous ‘genuineness’ testing to determine the credibility of jobs you have filled or intend filling under Tier 2 sponsorship.

Please note sponsorship is restricted to commercial ‘graduate level’ occupations not typically found in a restaurant operation. There are exceptions however in the case of Chefs that meet ‘shortage occupation’ criteria.

Why Goldstar Chefs?

Sponsor licensing requires specialist expertise and an exceptional understanding of your industry for the best chance of licence approval.

As a recruiter of Chefs and hospitality professionals you will experience a better informed approach and superior knowledge base in comparison to solicitors. You will benefit from:

  • Consistent track record of positive outcomes
  • Accurate and cost effective sponsorship solutions appropriate to your business
  • Clarity and simplification of complex and often confusing Home Office rules
  • Unrivalled problem solving ability
  • Relentless commitment to achieving results
  • Unrivalled round the clock service and attention

After your licence is granted allow us to assist with ongoing sponsorship formalities. We can also provide you suitable Chefs and front of house staff if needed. You can choose to retain us as your legal representative and Level 1 user for the management of your sponsor licence.

Safeguard your licence with our ongoing Sponsorship Maintenance Package for a monthly charge (according to number of migrants under sponsorship). Discover a highly competent and trusted organisation you will feel glad to talk to and deal with as have hundreds of happy and satisfied clients.

Please fill in the online Sponsor Enquiry Form now and we will get back to you asap. We want your business and are at your service from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm 7 days a week. Have you any sponsor licence problem including refusal, suspension or revocation? Then contact us NOW and let us help you recover your licence or prevent its loss!

Competence Guarantee

A prompt and courteous refund of fee paid to us if your licence application is refused due to any fault or negligence on our part.

So for results and peace of mind call us, not your solicitor!

We succeed where others fail!


Contact us now and let us help you make sure you have everything in place for an expected or unexpected visit from UKVI.

Goldstar Chefs are authorised and regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner to give Level 1 immigration advice and legal services. OISC reference number F201100296. We specialise in Sponsor Licensing and Tier 2 sponsorship matters. Notice to Tier 2 sponsors – Sponsor Licence Level 1 user policy. Please note Goldstar Chefs have a strict policy of NOT asking sponsors to disclose their ID & password, nor will we accept and use if offered. Please note it is unlawful to disclose your sponsor access details. When having lawful access to Sponsor Management System (SMS) we only exercise this upon sponsor’s written confirmation or consent. To clarify, we do NOT assign Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) nor engage in any SMS activity without sponsors prior knowledge or consent. Please also note we always ensure our sponsor clients have Level 1 access upon granting of sponsor licence. Many legal practitioners and representatives purposely restrict Level 1 access to themselves to ensure your reliance on them, and mislead sponsors into thinking only they have the ability and authority to conduct necessary usage. Please note this is NOT the policy of Goldstar Chefs. If you’re an existing sponsor licence holder with no independent access to your Sponsor Licence Management System please contact us and we will help you set up own access FREE OF CHARGE and with no ongoing cost implication.

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