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Sponsor Licence Revocation

The ability to sponsor students to study in the UK is a privilege that must be earned. When a sponsor is granted a Student sponsor licence, significant trust is placed in them. With that trust comes a responsibility placed on sponsors to act in accordance with the Immigration Rules and the sponsor guidance. 

What is Sponsor Licence Revocation?

A Sponsor Licence Revocation is a severe action taken by the UK Home Office against businesses that fail to comply with immigration rules and sponsorship duties. This action can have far-reaching consequences, affecting not only your business operations but also the status of your sponsored employees. UK Visas is committed to providing expert guidance and legal support to help you navigate this complex issue.

Why Choose UK Visas for Sponsor Licence Revocation?


Our team of immigration specialists brings years of experience in dealing with Sponsor Licence Revocations. We understand the intricacies of UK immigration laws and are well-equipped to guide you through the process.

Comprehensive Compliance Checks

We conduct thorough compliance checks to ensure that your business meets all the requirements set forth by UK immigration authorities. Our proactive approach aims to prevent future revocations and ensure the stability of your workforce.

Legal Advice

We offer personalised legal advice tailored to your business's unique circumstances. Our team will assess your situation and recommend the best course of action to either prevent revocation or reinstate your sponsor licence.

Common Reasons for Sponsor Licence Revocation

Understanding why sponsor licences get revoked can help you take preventive measures. Common reasons include:

  • Failure to meet sponsorship duties.
  • Compliance breaches, such as incorrect documentation or failure to report changes.
  • Threat to immigration control, often due to illegal employment practices

Consequences of Sponsor Licence Revocation

The revocation of a sponsor licence can have devastating effects on your business:

  • You will be unable to issue new Certificates of Sponsorship
  • Existing sponsored employees may have to leave the UK
  • Financial penalties and a tarnished reputation

How We Can Help

Judicial Review

If you believe that your sponsor licence has been revoked unfairly, we can guide you through the judicial review process. This legal procedure allows you to challenge the decision and potentially have it overturned. 


If your sponsor licence has been revoked, it's crucial to act quickly. Our team can assist you in applying for a new sponsor licence, ensuring that you meet all the requirements for a successful application.

Cooling-off Period

After a revocation, there is a  'cooling-off period' during which you cannot apply for a new sponsor licence. We can advise you on steps to take during this period to improve your chances of a successful future application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens if my sponsor licence is revoked?

The immediate effect is that you can no longer sponsor new employees, and existing sponsorships may be invalidated.

Can I appeal a licence revocation?

Yes, you can challenge the decision through a judicial review. If the Home Office decides to revoke a licence, the sponsor will be allowed to respond to the findings in writing within 20 working days. UK Visas and Immigration, within the Home Office, will consider any reasonable request from the sponsor to extend this period, but extensions will only be given in exceptional circumstances. UK Visas can help to draft a response to any findings.

What is the difference between suspension and revocation?

Suspension is a temporary measure, while revocation is permanent unless successfully appealed.

How long does a sponsor licence last?

A sponsor licence generally lasts for 4 years but can be revoked at any time if compliance is not maintained.

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For personalised advice and assistance, contact us today. Our team is available via phone, email, or in-person consultations to address your specific needs.

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