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How Much Does Certificateof Sponsorship Cost UK

Understanding the Cost of a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) in the UK 

Securing a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) in the UK opens doors to sponsoring skilled workers and other eligible individuals. While the benefits are plentiful, understanding the associated costs is crucial for informed decision-making. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect: 

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Main Cost Components

Sponsorship Licence Fee: This is the government charge for obtaining or renewing your Sponsorship Licence. The cost depends on your business size: 

Small or Charitable Sponsor: £1,500 for an initial application, £1,000 for renewal. 

Medium or Large Sponsor: £5,000 for an initial application, £4,000 for renewal. 

CoS Assignment Fee: Each CoS you issue to an individual incurs a separate fee: 

  • Worker (except International Sportsperson visa): £239. 
  • Temporary Worker: £25. 
  • International Sportsperson (assigned for more than 12 months): £239. 

*Costs as at 05/02/2024. 

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS): This mandatory fee applies to most visa applicants sponsored by your business. The amount varies based on the applicant’s visa category and duration of stay. 

Visa Application Fee: The applicant directly pays this fee to the Home Office for their individual visa application. 

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Additional Considerations

Professional fees: While optional, seeking guidance from immigration specialists can streamline the process, minimise risk of errors, and potentially save costs in the long run. 

Currency fluctuations: Fees are listed in GBP and may be subject to fluctuations depending on your payment method. 

Hidden costs: Consider potential expenses like advertising the job vacancy, travel, or translation services not directly related to the CoS itself. 

Where to Find Cost Information

UK Government website: Provides official fee details for Sponsorship Licences and CoS assignments. 

Type of licenceFee for small or charitable sponsorsFee for medium or large sponsors
Temporary Worker£536£536
Worker and Temporary Worker£536£ 1,476
Add a Worker licence to an existing Temporary Worker licenceNo fee£940
Add a Temporary Worker licence to an existing Worker licenceNo feeNo fee
Information provided from the UK UK Government website

The fee for the priority service application is £500.  If you make more than 1 request it will be £500 each.

Home Office website: Offers information on IHS fees for different visa categories. 

Visa Application Guide: Lists individual visa application fees. 


Costs can vary based on specific circumstances. Consult the official sources for the latest and most accurate information. 

Start planning early: Factor in all potential costs to ensure your budget aligns with your sponsorship goals. 

Consider seeking expert advice: Immigration specialists can help navigate cost implications and optimise your sponsorship process. 

By understanding the cost structure and potential factors involved, you can make informed decisions and embark on a successful sponsorship journey in the UK. 

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At BPA Immigration Lawyers, we are highly rated experts in helping businesses obtain a Sponsorship License, your Skilled Work visa needs and remaining compliant with the stringent Home Office regulations. We operate in all areas of Immigration Law. 

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