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 you require for the first year of your licence. These are called unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship because there is no limit on the number a single sponsor may be awarded.
Workers who fall under the below categories may be granted an unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship:
- When the vacancy in which the Sponsor seeks to fill appears on the Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List . The Certificate of Sponsorship is considered unrestricted.
- In the case where a position’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, are required to apply for a restricted certificate 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.
Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship are limited, and monthly allocations will stand scrutiny by the Home Office before they are issued to the company.
- 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 a 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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