Student Sponsor Licence

A Student Sponsor Licence allows education providers to enrol international students at their institution. Becoming a Student Sponsor enables your school, college or university to sponsor international students to study in the UK. At Holmes & Partners Ltd, we are an expert immigration consultancy firm, specialising in sponsorship duties and student visas. We will advise you on the rules and regulations surrounding sponsoring a student and support you along every step of obtaining your Student Sponsor Licence.

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Our Sponsor Licence Services

If your institution has decided to sponsor a student, we can help make the Student Sponsor application process completely stress-free. We will support and guide you through the various steps in obtaining your Student Sponsor Licence.

Our end-to-end service covers everything including:

  • Advice and guidance on the eligibility and suitability requirements, costs and compliance duties.

  • Helping you prepare your organisation for the Home Office pre-licence inspection.

  • Assisting with the online application process and mandatory document requirements.

  • Advice on child safeguarding rules relating to sponsorship.

  • Providing ongoing advice on record keeping, monitoring and reporting.

  • Supporting you in managing your Student Sponsor Licence once it has been approved.

  • Renewing your licence every four years.

  • Notifying the Home Office of any change in circumstances.

  • 24/7 advice line to offer support at any time.


We are experts in the rules and regulations surrounding the Student Sponsor Licence process and are happy to share our knowledge with your school or college. We provide bespoke training sessions tailored around your institution, ensuring you meet the necessary requirements and that your staff members feel confident in their new roles. All our training sessions can be conducted either in-house or remotely, whichever you would prefer.

Mock Inspections

The Home Office may visit your institution with little or no notice to ensure you are meeting the sponsorship regulations. Our UKVI mock inspection will help ensure your school or college is fully compliant and meets the necessary standards before the Home Office pre-licence inspection. We will conduct a mock inspection that is tailored around your education institution’s needs and then provide you with feedback and advice on areas for improvement. This means that when the real inspection comes around, you will pass with flying colours!
Student Visa Services
We also offer services in Student Visas, Child Student Visas and Parent of Child Student Visas and can help your current and prospective sponsored students apply for a UK Student Visa. Find out more on our Student Visa page.
What you Need to Know About Applying for a Student Sponsor Licence
In order to enrol international students from around the world, your institution will need to be a registered Student Sponsor, approved by the Home Office. Eligible schools, colleges and universities can all apply for a Student Sponsor Licence, allowing them to sponsor a student. However, there are some exceptions in who can apply, for example some types of institutions including academies and state-funded schools are not eligible for a Student Sponsor Licence. Our expert team will be able to advise you on this in more detail.

To apply for a Student Sponsor Licence, you must:

  • Be a genuine education provider that has acceptable educational quality standards, and is operating lawfully in the UK.

  • Comply with all the appropriate rules and regulations.

  • Be considered eligible and suitable to hold a Student Sponsor Licence.

  • Be capable of carrying out your duties as a student sponsor.

  • Demonstrate that all of your sites meet acceptable educational quality standards and maintain these standards throughout the duration of your Student Sponsor Licence.

Why Choose Holmes & Partners Ltd?

We are a small, local firm based in Leeds who work with clients worldwide. Our small size means we can offer a tailored, personal approach to all our clients, focused around their needs. At Holmes & Partners Ltd, our team are all experienced in visas and immigration, many on a first-hand basis, and so really are experts in their fields. We can take care of the entire visa process for you, as well as offering support and advice whenever you may need it, leaving you free to enjoy your time studying in the UK. Our services are charged on a fixed fee rate, so there are no hidden extras or nasty surprises when it comes to paying the bill.
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Our skilled and friendly team are ready to answer all of your questions and to fully support you during your visa application process. Contact our team today for advice and support.