This section explains the role of employers and education providers under the points-based system.
The concept of sponsorship is at the heart of the points-based system. If you want to employ a migrant or enrol a migrant as a student, you must be their sponsor during their stay in the United Kingdom (unless they are coming here for six months or less in certain circumstances). And before you can sponsor a migrant, you must obtain a sponsor licence.
Here you can find out whether you can be a sponsor, how to apply for a sponsor licence, how you can sponsor migrants once you have a licence, and what your duties are as a sponsor.
Full details of how you can obtain a sponsor licence and sponsor migrants under the points-based system.
An introduction to the points-based system, plus summaries of the role of sponsors and the process of sponsorship.
Straightforward tools to help you apply for a sponsor licence.
Employers share their experiences of sponsorship.
Details of our sponsorship helpline and our list of approved third-party advisers.