The Home Office announced changes for the information required when adding Level 1 users on the Sponsor Management System.

Key Points:

  • Beginning June 19, individuals who are adding a new Level 1 user to their sponsor license must provide the user’s National Insurance number (NINO).
  • Those who are changing personal details in the SMS must provide their NINO if they have not already provided it.
  • New users who do not have a NINO will be asked to provide information on why they do not have a NINO and may be asked to provide evidence that they have applied for one.

Additional Information: Requests may be denied for those who do not have a valid reason for not having a NINO or do not provide evidence that they have applied for a NINO.

BAL Analysis: Individuals should add their NINO as soon as possible to avoid possible complications and delays. U.K. authorities are planning to introduce similar requirements for Authorizing Officers and Key Contacts later this year. BAL will provide more information as it is made available.

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