Certificate of Sponsorship
Certificate of Sponsorship (COS)
There are two types of Certificate of Sponsorship:
Unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship
During the initial application for an Employers Sponsor Licence it is necessary to state how many Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship are required for the first year of the licence. These are called unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship because there is no limit on the number a single sponsor may be awarded.
- When the vacancy in which the Sponsor seeks to fill appears on the Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List the sponsor is not obliged to carry out the Resident Labour Market Test. Since the skill set required by the sponsor has been formally categorised as being in short supply within the UK, the Certificate of Sponsorship is considered unrestricted as the individual is not replacing a resident worker.
- In the case where an appointment’s annual salary is above £159,600 the applicants contribution can be considered highly valuable and will also fall into the unrestricted category.
- Tier 2 (General) workers who are already employed with you and need to extend their current leave.
- Tier 2 (General) workers who are already working for you in the united Kingdom and are changing jobs and the new job is in a different standard occupational classification (SOC) code.
- Tier 2 (General) workers who are already in the UK and who want to start work for a new sponsor individuals already in the UK under another immigration category and who qualify to switch into Tier 2 (General); this doesn’t include those who are in the UK as a Tier 4 dependant .
- Croatian nationals.
Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (RCos)
Tier 2 (General) skilled migrant workers who do not qualify in the unrestricted category require restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (see below). A set allocated number of applications in this category are awarded every month via the Sponsor Management System. In order to qualify for a restricted Certificate of Sponsorship, the sponsor is required to carry out a Resident Labour Market Test.
- You will need a Tier 2 restricted cos if you want to employ new workers who are not ‘high earners’ and who will apply for leave to enter the UK under Tier 2 (General).
- If you want to employ workers who are switching into Tier 2 (General) who are in the UK as the dependant of a person that was last granted leave under Tier 4 you will need an Tier 2 restricted Cos.
There are a number of rule changes relating to the Tier 2 category for Sponsors and their Tier 2 employee’s which were rolled out during Autumn 2016 to April 2017. For more information please click below:
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