Sponsoring and Hiring Foreign Nationals

Our highly experienced team advises and assists on the Points Based System, and has in-depth expertise in advising on sponsorship and hiring foreign nationals. Whether you are seeking to sponsor foreign nationals for an intra-company transfer or hiring nationals outside the UK and European area, we are here to provide you with the support you require and to guide you through every necessary stage.

Recognised as one of the leading immigration teams in the UK with over 13 years in the top tier of both Chambers UK and Legal 500, we are well placed to provide you with the end-to-end support you need to ensure the application process is completed with minimum worry for you and your HR team.

Sometimes a solution to your recruitment needs may not be obvious and this is where we can help and guide you through the options available. We understand that as an employer, you are looking for the very best for your company, and sometimes the person you need with the specific skills and experience for your business may currently reside outside the UK or Europe.

The first step is for us to assist with the preparation and submission of the Tier 2 Sponsor Licence Registration application. The sponsor licence will enable you to sponsor foreign nationals and effectively gives the employer the ability to apply for and issue the certificates of sponsorships (work permits) to hire foreign nationals. Thereafter, we will assist you with the Tier 2 visa application by preparing and submitting the application to bring the foreign national to the UK to begin their employment with your company. We will then continue beyond this point by helping you with reporting to the Home Office on any changes, detailing a business case for additional Certificates of Sponsorship under the current Points Based System limits and assisting with responses to any government consultation papers on immigration which may affect your business.

Recent examples of work

  • Providing strategic advice to a various leading clients in the financial services sector in respect of mergers/acquisitions
  • Advising a global financial services company regarding Sponsor Licence implications on the sale of part of its business


"Always prompt and factual’" Kingsley Napley LLP provides "an excellent level of service"

Legal 500 UK

"Kingsley Napley leads the immigration outfits in the UK"

Who's Who Corporate Immigration

"..'The practice has gone from strength to strength.'the group is 'at the top of its game,' whilst clients are keen to highlight that the department is 'extremely informative and good at reporting policy changes'..." 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"Interviewees agree that Kingsley Napley is home to a superb team of immigration lawyers"

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

“absolutely superb” 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

“top of the tree, with admirable depth and breadth” 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

“genuinely ground-breaking work that requires this firm’s impressive brainpower” 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"Kingsley Napley LLP has ‘enormous experience and great depth of practice'" 

Legal 500 UK


For more information about our immigration services please contact Nicolas Rollason at nrollason@kingsleynapley.co.uk or a member of the team.


Registering as a Sponsor FAQs

In order to sponsor migrants under Tier 2 of the Points Based System, employers must be registered with the Home Office and hold a Sponsor Licence. Here we cover some of the frequently asked questions.

Staying Compliant under the Points Based System

The UK government places the responsibility for compliance with Home Office rules on employers hiring foreign migrants in the UK under the points based system. We can help you put systems and processes in place to stay compliant.

Prevention of Illegal Working

To help prevent illegal working, our top ranked immigration team can advise you on setting up fully compliant systems, policies and processes and we can regularly audit your compliance levels as an employer and Tier 2 sponsor.

Dealing with a Home Office Investigation

Dealing with a Home Office investigation into your workforce can be a stressful situation for any company or employer. We provide specialist support for your business together with our employment and criminal lawyers if needed.

Mergers and Acquisitions and Your Tier 2 Sponsor Licence

Our team provide clear strategic advice to businesses and their advisors on changes in ownership, mergers and corporate reorganisations, which can have significant immigration implications for businesses that are Tier 2 sponsors.

Strategic Immigration Support for HR Teams

We provide a full range of immigration support services to HR teams, offering strategic support and advice to ensure you meet your objectives on PBS sponsorship and compliance.

Global Mobility and Employment Law

International relocation is a key challenge for both multinationals and domestic employers following Brexit. We are unique in providing top quality joined up employment law and immigration law advice.

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