Under the Priority Service for Sponsor Licence applications, the Home Office UKVI, will decide your sponsor licence application within 10 working days, instead of 8 weeks under the normal service. A sponsor licence priority service is also known as a pre-licence priority service. The Home Office UKVI would charge £500 additional fee for processing the sponsor licence application under the Priority Service. By getting a faster decision on your sponsor licence application, you will be able to sponsor the potential migrant worker sooner by assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to the migrant worker.

When To Submit A Priority Service Request?

It is possible to request Priority Service for sponsor licence either at the time of submitting your Sponsor Licence application online or after you have already submitted the application online through standard service. If you request the Priority Service after submisison of the sponsor licence application online, you can submit your request while your application is waiting to be allocated to the UKVI caseworker for consideration. Once the application has been allocated to the UKVI caseworker for consideration, it is no longer possible to submit a request for Priority Service.

One-Off Service For Submitting Priority Service Request For Pending Sponsor Licence Application

As specialist fast track immigration solicitors for sponsor licence, we can provide sponsor licence priority service for a decision on your pending sponsor licence application to be made within 10 working days. We will submit your sponsor licence application through Priority Service on the basis of no submission no fee which means if we fail to submit your application through Priority Service within 2 working days of fees being paid to us, we will issue the full refund of the fees paid to us, without any deductions. In the event of successful submission of your application through Priority Service within 2 working days of payment of the UKVI fee and our fee, we will charge a fixed fee of £250 + VAT (£300 including VAT).

How To Use Our One-Off Service For Priority Service For Sponsor Licence?

You should use the following steps by step process for us to provide one-off service for Priority Service for your sponsor licence application:

Step 1: You should email us the form link and password for your sponsor licence application form to us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Step 2: We will email you the Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) and our Client Care Letter which will confirm in writing that if we fail to submit the Priority Service request within 2 working days of the fee being paid to us, we will issue the full refund of all fees paid to us, without any deductions.

Step 3: After you have reviewed and e-signed the Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) and our Client Care Letter, we will email you our business account details for online payment of our fee of £250 + VAT (£300 including VAT) and the UKVI fee of £500 for the Priority Service for your sponsor licence application. You will pay the UKVI priority service fee and our fee into Business Account of Premium Solicitors using the account details we email you.

Step 4: Within 2 working days of payment of our fee and the UKVI fee, we will submit your online request for Priority Service. We will pay the Home Office UKVI fee for Priority Service using the Debit Card of Premium Solicitors Ltd when submitting a request for Priority Service. 

What Our Clients Say About Our Pre-Licence Priority Service In Google Reviews?

Sarah Ward
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I can not thank Arshad enough for saving the day and getting our sponsorship licence application successfully into the Priority Service. I had been trying unsuccessfully for over a week to access the service before I contacted Premium Solicitors to see if they could help. I first spoke to Arshad on Wednesday afternoon and by Friday morning, we had secured a place with the Priority Service. From start to finish, the service was friendly, professional and efficient and I would definitely use Premium Solicitors again in the future.

Nadia Akhtar
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Highly recommend Arshad from this firm. He is professional, reliable and true to his word was able to support me with our fast track application within 48 hours we were able to receive the great news. Extremely efficient and invaluable help..thank you again

Tarun Ghai
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Contacted Mr Arshad for priority service for sponsor licence first class service with no hassle quick phone call paid and next day done will prefer him for services in the future.. Thankyou

Karla Freyre
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I truly recommend them! Arshad helped me getting into the priority service in 48 hours!! I really appreciate his support and communication all the time, we talked over the weekend even! If you are in doubt, definitely go with Premium Solicitors. Thanks again Arshad!!

FAQs - UKVI Pre-Licence Priority Service

To be eligible for the pre-licence priority service:

  • you must have applied for a sponsor licence in an eligible route(s) by registering and completing the online application form on the Home Office Website
  • you must have paid the application fee and the priority service fee
  • you must have sent us your submission sheet and all mandatory and supplementary documents for the work routes you are applying for as explained in Appendix A to SponsorshipValidations@homeoffice.gov.uk
  • within 5 working days of paying the priority service fee if you are submitting your application or
  • if you are adding the priority service to an already submitted application, you must already have submitted these documents
  • if you want to add the priority service to an already submitted application your application must not be in progress

The priority service is available for eligible sponsor licence applications submitted between 9.00am and 23.59pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

A maximum of 30 priority service requests are available each day across all eligible routes.

You can request priority service when you make your application for a sponsor licence and pay the priority service fee with your application fee, subject to the eligibility criteria above. You will receive confirmation of your payment on your submission sheet.

You can also request priority service after you have submitted your application and paid your application fee, subject to the eligibility criteria above. To do this, you will need to log back into your sponsor application account using your username and password and select ‘Finish incomplete applications’.

It is therefore vital that make a note of your user ID and password because if you forget it, you will not be able to log back in to make your request for priority service.

If you request priority service and pay the fee after you have paid your application fee, you will receive confirmation of your payment on a separate submission sheet. You do not need to e-mail this submission sheet to us.

There are several reasons why you may not be presented with the option to request priority service whicn may include the following:

  • you are applying for an ineligible route
  • Home Office UKVI have reached their daily limit of requests
  • you have submitted your application outside of the service operating times
  • your application is already in progress (under consideration of the Home Office caseworker).

Eligible requests for priority service for sponsor licence will be considered within 10 working days.

The 10 working day consideration period begins the working day following the date you paid the priority service fee and excludes weekends and public holidays. For example, if you pay the priority service fee on Monday, the 10 working days will begin on the next working day i.e. Tuesday.

The Home Office, UKVI may be unable to reach a decision within the 10 working day timescale if:

  • you have not submitted all mandatory and supplementary documents
  • within 5 working days of paying the priority service fee if you are submitting your application or
  • if you are adding the priority service to an already submitted application you have not already submitted these documents
  • you have failed to respond to a request for further information
  • further checks are required to assess your case

If the UKVI cannot meet the service agreement for a priority application, they will write to the authorising officer by email. For this reason, please ensure the authorising officer checks their email, including junk mail, regularly.

If the service agreement is not met because:

  • you have not submitted all mandatory and supplementary documents
  • you have failed to respond to a further information request
  • your case raises complex issues, and we require further time to assess these fully

UKVI will not refund your priority service fee.

If your consideration is delayed for other reasons outside of normal case working processes (for example, a technical error), you may be eligible for a refund of your priority service fee.

The outcome of your application will be sent by email to the authorising officer listed on the licence application.

The priority service for sponsor licence is an additional service to get faster decision on the sponsor licence application within 10 working days instead of 8 weeks under the standard service. The Home Office UKVI will charge an additional fee of £500 for Priority Service for sponsor licence. A sponsor licence priority service is also known as a pre-licence priority service.

You can request Priority Service for your sponsor licence application either at the time of submitting your application for sponsor licence or after you have already submitted your application and while it is pending with the Home Office UKVI.

By using the Pre-licence Priority Service, you will be able to get a decision on your sponsor licence application within 10 working days whereas under the standard service the Home Office UKVI can take up to 8 weeks to process the sponsor licence application.

By getting a faster decision on your sponsor licence application, you will be able to sponsor the potential migrant worker sooner by assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to the migrant worker.

Until the application is allocated to the caseworker for consideration, it is possible to request the Pre-licence Priority Service after the online submission of your application through standard service.

To submit a request for Priority Service for your sponsor licence, you should take the following steps:

  • log back into your sponsor application account and enter your username and password;
  • once logged in, select ‘Finish incomplete applications’ and submit your request for Priority Service by paying additional fee of £500. 

Once, you have paid the additional fee of £500 for Priority Service, you will receive a confirmation of your payment on a separate submission sheet. You do not have to take any additional actions after making payment of additional fee of £500 for Priority Service. Please note that the 10 working day period starts the next working day after you have paid the additional fee of £500 for Priority Service.

The Home Office UKVI may not be able to process your application within 10 working days under the Priority Service if they have to carry out extra checks e.g. more documents or information is required or the UKVI have to carry out a pre-licence compliance visit. Where Home Office UKVI cannot make a decision on your sponsor licence application within 10 working days, they will send an email to the Authorising Officer informing that the decision will not be possible within 10 working days.

You may not be able to use the Priority Service for your sponsor licence application due to various reasons which include the following:

  • If you are applying for sponsor licence for GBM Expansion worker, GBM service supplier or Scale up, as the Home Office UKVI do not offer Priority Service under these routes;
  • If the Home Office UKVI's daily limit of Priority Service requests has reached the maximum limit;
  • If you submitted a request for Priority Service for sponsor licence outside of the service operating times;
  • If your application has already been allocated to Home Office UKVI caseworker and your application is under consideration.

The daily maximum limit for Priority Service for sponsor licence applications across all eligible sponsor licence routes is 30.

You can submit your request for Priority Service for sponsor licence between 9:00am and 23:59pm Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Using the Priority Service for your sponsor licence will not guarantee success of the application and the chances of success will be based on meeting all the eligibility requirements for the grant of the sponsor licence.

No, the Priority Service for sponsor licence is an optional service to get a faster decision on the sponsor licence within 10 working days instead of 8 weeks. It is not mandatory to use the Priority Service when applying for a sponsor licence.

The Home Office UKVI introduced new procedures for applying for pre-licence priority service on 21 June 2023. From 21 June, requests for priority service will no longer be accepted by email.

As per new process for applying for pre-licence priority service, you can submit your request for Priority Service online either at the time of submission of your sponsor licence application online or any after the online submission but before your application is allocated to the caseworker for consideration of your application.

The Home Office UKVI charges £500 additional fee to provide priority service for sponsor licence application whereby decision on the sponsor llicence will be made within 10 working days instead of 8 weeks under the normal service.

The sponsor licence application fee under standard service for decision within 8 weeks is £536 for a small organisation and £1476 for a medium or large organisation.

If your sponsor licence application includes one or more of the ineligible routes you will not be offered the option to request priority service.

Yes, you can apply for adding a new sponsor licence routre to your existing sponsor licence route through Priority Service.

No, you should submit your application through standard service and then log back into your sponsor application account the next day using your username and password. You can then select ‘Finish incomplete applications’ and, if the priority service
is available, you can request and pay for it separately.

You can continue to follow this process on each working day until your application is allocated to the UKVI caseworker for consideration.

The number of pre-licence priority requests is limited to ensure that the Home Office UKVI can deliver the service to those that are paying for it. The Home Office UKVI would regularly review their capacity to deliver priority services and they may increase the number of requests when they are able to meet demand.

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