How To Find Employment-Based Visa Sponsorship in The UK


What Is Employment-Based Visa Sponsorship?

Employment-based visa sponsorship allows an organization or employer in the United Kingdom to bring in eligible foreign nationals who will work for them into the UK, thereby making the applicant a legal working resident of the country.

In most cases when employers cannot find a suitable candidate to fill existing vacancies or there are shortage of workers, they scout for qualified candidates in the global job market.

Such foreign nationals will be sponsored by an employer, who has given them an official job offer. 


Necessary Documents for Visa Sponsorship Jobs In The UK

Requirements and documents you will need for visa sponsorship jobs in the UK are:

  • a copy of your certificate of sponsorship from your employer
  • a signed letter by your sponsor sponsor
  • certificate of sponsorship reference number from your employer
  • proof of your knowledge of English
  • a document to proof your identity and nationality e.g a valid passport
  • your job title
  • a blank page in your passport for your visa
  • your annual salary
  • a scanned copy of the sponsor’s ID or passport
  • proof of address
  • a criminal record certificate (you can find the process of applying for it here) if you’re applying from outside the UK.
  • your job’s occupation code
  • the name of your employer
  • your sponsor’s licence number, which can be found on your certificate of sponsorship
  • a valid ATAS certificate if your employer tells you that you need one if your job involves researching a sensitive subject at PhD level or higher
  • if your qualification is from outside the UK – you’ll need to apply through Ecctis  to your unique Ecctis reference number (formerly unique UK NARIC reference number)
  • you’ll have to provide a certified translation if your documents are not in English or Welsh
  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country
  • documents stating the sponsor’s finances
  • if your sponsor will not be responsible for your finances, then you will have to show evidence that you have enough personal savings to support yourself in the UK, for example bank statements called Proof of Fund.
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How To Find Visa Sponsorship Jobs in The UK

If you have the aforementioned documents ready – except a few ones from sponsors – here is how to search for employment-based visa sponsorship in the UK.

NOTE: Most of the employers you will find on the job portal are licensed to sponsor foreign workers into the UK.

Here is how to begin your search:

  • Go to, and type “visa+sponsorship” or “skilled+worker+visa” in the search bar.
  • Enter a specific location if you have one in mind
  • A list of jobs will come through.  
  • Click on the role to read through the job descriptions to have an insight of what the employers are looking for.
  • Check under “benefits” section of the job descriptions,
  • If you find “UK visa sponsorship” as one of the benefits, you can submit your application.


Employment-Based visa sponsorship is when another individual or organization advocates for the applicant by supporting their application.

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