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According to the Home Office, the Scale-up route is for talented individuals to work for a UK Scale-up Sponsor, who have the skills needed to enable the Scale-up business to continue growing. The individual must have a high-skilled job offer at the required salary level from a qualifying Scale-up business.
To sponsor someone under a Scale-up Visa, the company must be a scale-up business, and the company must have a sponsor licence for the scale-up route.
A Scale-up Business is a company that:
If your company qualifies as a scale-up business, then you can apply for a sponsor licence under the scale-up route, WorkPermitCloud Limited can assist with this, please contact us.
If your company does not meet the requirements to be considered a scale-up business, you can still apply for a sponsor licence through one of the other routes, such as the skilled worker routes, to hire talents from overseas.
You can apply for a Scale-up Sponsor Licence by completing the sponsor licence application form online, paying the relevant application fee, and submitting any required supporting evidence or information.
If you already hold a valid sponsor licence to sponsor workers, you can apply to add the Scale-up route to your existing licence on SMS.
Organisation applying to be licenced under scale-up route need to:
To apply for a sponsor licence under the scale-up route, normally you do not need to submit any document at all unless you are either:
If you are applying for a sponsor licence under the Scale-up route, your licence will be categorised as a notemporary Workers licence. On this route, you will pay the standard Temporary Worker fee for a sponsor licence or the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) fee.
For temporary worker licence, the sponsor licence application fee is £536, and the CoS fee is only £21. In addition, you do not need to pay for the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC), as it is exempt for the scale-up route. For further details please visit the Home Office site here.
A sponsor licence is valid for 4 years, unless you surrender it or it is revoked before then. Unlike most other sponsored work routes, you cannot renew your Scale-up licence beyond 4 years. If you wish to continue to have the option of sponsoring overseas workers after this period, you must apply to be licensed on another route (for example, Skilled Worker), if you have not already done so.
If you wish to apply for a Scale-up sponsor licence, or if you require more advice on the scale-up route, WorkPermitCloud can help. We have a team of OISC approved Immigration advisors, who are experienced in Sponsor Licence Application.
Start hiring talented individuals under the scale-up route to boost your business by applying for a scale-up sponsorship licence today.
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