The application process for companies wishing to apply for a licence as a Sponsor under Tier 2 of the New Points Based System which will replace the existing work permit system has now started.
The significance of this application process should not be underestimated. As from later this year, possibly 1st October, any company wishing to take on an individual on a work permit or apply for an extension for an individual to their existing work permit, must be licensed as a Sponsor.
The application process involves an online application and then the submission of specified documentation within 10 working days of the application date. Most applicants will then receive a visit from an officer of the Border and Immigration Agency as part of the evaluation procedure.
[Thanks to Mark Barnett, Head of Immigration at Steeles Law, for telling me about this.]