The Home Office has announced that from Monday 28 July 2008, employers and educational institutions can apply to join the sponsor register for tiers 2, 4 and 5 of the points-based system.
Employers and educational institutions planning to bring in migrants to work or study in the UK under the above tiers of the points based system must apply for a sponsor licence.
Tiers 2 and 5 are expected to open in November 2008.
Tier 4 is expected to open in spring 2009.
The duration of the licence starts when the relevant tier opens, not when the licence is approved.
Full details on sponsorship under the points-based system are available from the employers and sponsors section of the UK Border Agency website.