Jewellery company sponsorship licence

Danielle Cohen
By Danielle Cohen Immigration Law Solicitor Linkedin
Danielle Cohen has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer and a reputation for offering professional, honest and expert advice.
20 May 2024

We acted on behalf of a jewellery company in making an application for a sponsorship licence and for the skilled worker to switch her status from Graduate visa to a Skilled Worker visa thereafter.  The company is very creative within the jewellery business.  Having operated for 10 years they have decided to expand their business in the UK growing it for the next 3 years and they required specialist skills in the area of assembly of jewellery which are hard to source skills.  The company needed a sponsorship licence to be able to continue employing specialist workers.  The Applicant that they wished to sponsor was on a graduate visa and having reviewed the skilled worker visa eligible occupations and core documents they found that she could satisfy the criteria.  They have identified this particular Applicant as she was a skilled employee for other companies and had a unique skill set in hand assembly of jewellery, a skill that is difficult to find.  She also had a degree in jewellery design before joining the company.  The sponsorship licence application has been successful and thereafter we assisted the Applicant in obtaining the skilled worker visa.  When advising skilled workers we have to identify the latest Home Office guidance in ensuring the correct minimum level is used for a specific role and the Applicant’s circumstances.  An Applicant’s salary must equal or exceed £38,700 per year or the full going rate for the occupation code as stated in Table 1 of Appendix of Skilled Occupation or £15.88 per hour.

 

Option New entrant criteria Information required from sponsor
1 Applicant is under 26 on the date of application. None – check the applicant’s passport.
2 Applicant is sponsored for a postdoctoral position in one of the following occupations:

  • 2111 Chemical scientists
  • 2112 Biological scientists
  • 2113 Biochemists and biomedical scientists
  • 2114 Physical scientists
  • 2115 Social and humanities scientists
  • 2119 Natural and social science professionals not elsewhere classified
  • 2162 Other researchers, unspecified discipline
  • 2311 Higher education teaching professionals; or
Check the occupation code on the certificate of sponsorship.

The job title or description must confirm it is a post-doctoral position.

3 Applicant is working towards a recognised professional qualification in a UK-regulated profession. Check the CPQ website to confirm whether the job is in a UK-regulated profession. A job qualifies if it appears on any of the four lists. You should request further job details from the sponsor if the sponsor has stated the applicant is working towards a professional qualification and it is unclear whether the job is in a UK-regulated profession.

The sponsor must confirm which recognised professional qualification the applicant is working towards – this must be a qualification accepted by the regulatory body for the profession.

4 Applicant is working towards full registration or chartered status with the relevant professional body for the job they are sponsored for. The sponsor must confirm who the relevant professional body is and the applicant is working towards full registration or chartered status.
5 Applicant’s most recent permission, other than as a visitor, was under Tier 4 (General) or the Student route.

The permission must either be current or have expired less than 2 years before the date of application.

In that permission (or previous) permission, the applicant must have been sponsored to study one of the following courses (not any other qualifications of an equivalent level):

  • a UK bachelor’s degree
  • a UK master’s degree
  • a UK PhD or other doctoral qualification
  • a Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • a Professional Graduate Diploma of Education

The applicant must have completed (or be applying no more than 3 months before they are expected to complete) the course. An exception applies to PhDs and other doctoral qualifications, where the applicant must have completed at least 12 months’ study in the UK towards the qualification.

Confirmation (from the applicant or their sponsor) the applicant has completed (or the date they are expected to complete) their course, or they have completed at least 12 months’ study in the UK towards a PhD or other doctoral qualification.

Check the applicant’s immigration history for other information.

6 Applicant’s most recent permission, other than as a visitor, was under the Graduate route.

The permission must either be current or have expired less than 2 years before the date of application.

None – check the applicant’s immigration history.

Home Office Caseworker Guidance – Skilled Worker (Version 11.0)

If an Applicant is a new entry at the start of their career they will receive 20% discount on the general threshold and 30% discount on the going rate.  Choosing an occupation code (SOC Code) the employer finds the closest match to the job being offered and use the correct relevant code to the role.  If the occupation code selected is not on the list it is ineligible for sponsorship under a skilled workers route