Finding an employer to sponsor your visa can increase your chances of being able to work in the UK. This blog will deep dive into the steps you can take towards landing a Visa Sponsorship.

What is a Visa Sponsorship?

A Visa Sponsorship is when an employer provides you with a certificate of sponsorship, which you can use when applying for a visa to the UK. This certificate confirms that the employer is willing to sponsor your visa application and that the role you are applying for meets the requirements for sponsorship under UK immigration rules.


Requirements for Visa Sponsorship

Before applying for a position that requires visa sponsorship, it's essential to understand the specific requirements and ensure you meet them. Generally, companies that sponsor visas are looking for candidates who have certain skills and qualifications that are in demand.

These requirements can vary depending on the employer, and you can usually find this out by checking the job description or reaching out to the employer directly.

Steps to Find Out If a Company Can Sponsor Your Visa

Come across a role that sparks your interest but unsure if the company would sponsor your visa? Many companies specify on their websites, usually in the careers section, whether they offer visa sponsorship. If you can’t find this information, don't hesitate to reach out to the company directly.

It is important to note that not just any company can sponsor a visa. In the UK, employers must be registered as licensed sponsors by the Home Office to do so. Make sure to check that any potential employer has this license.

Contacting Employers for Visa Sponsorship

Making the move to reach out to a company directly to inquire about visa sponsorship can be daunting, especially if it is a role that you’re really hoping to land. However, taking this step shows your serious interest in the position, which can be very appealing to employers.


If you struggle for a response via email, why not use LinkedIn to connect with current employees or recruiters from the company? Engaging with them could open doors for further discussion about sponsorship opportunities. Start by sending personalised connection requests, showing your interest in the company and the specific role they’re hiring for.


What if a company won’t sponsor my Visa?

Don’t worry if a company does not offer Visa Sponsorships - there are still options available to explore. You could consider roles that are on the UK’s Shortage Occupation List, which are more likely to offer sponsorship. Alternatively, you might look into gaining additional qualifications or experience that could make you a more attractive candidate for sponsorship in the future. Networking within your industry and staying up to date with changes in immigration policies can also come with new opportunities.

More resources on Visa’s: 

Understanding Your Right to Work in the UK: A Simple Guide

How to apply for a visa to come to the UK

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