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Certificate of Sponsorship

A valid Certificate of Sponsorship from a Tier 2 Licensed Employer is required in order to apply for a Tier 2 General Visa. If you do not have a CoS you will NOT be able to apply for a Tier 2 General Visa.

A Certificate of Sponsorship is a database record in the UK Border Agency’s Sponsor Management System. Once a Sponsor has passed all mandatory Tier 2 employment processes it can assign a live CoS to a migrant worker. The CoS takes the form of a 10 digit Certificate of Sponsorship reference number which the individual must use when applying for the visa.

Are you a highly skilled IT, Engineering, Medical or Financial Services Professional? Do you need a Tier 2 General visa for the UK? If so Commonwealth Contractors may be able to help! We partner with Tier 2 Licensed employers and consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual under Tier 2 General.

What is a Certificate of Sponsorship?

A Certificate of Sponsorship is a ‘virtual document’ which effectively forms the basis of a sponsors right to employ an individual on a Tier 2 General Visa. It is very important that a sponsor issues a CoS correctly and accurately as errors may be picked up at an annual UKBA compliance audit and repercussions can be costly (the UKBA may fine a sponsor for non compliance and downgrade or revoke a license where required).

There are two types of Certificate of Sponsorship (as detailed below);

  • ’Restricted’ Certificates of Sponsorship , AND
  • ‘Unrestricted’ Certificates of Sponsorship

Restricted CoS’s are used in the case of most ‘out of country’ applications which are subject to the Immigration Cap. Unrestricted CoS’s are used in the case of ‘In Country’ extension or switching applications which do not have any effect on the Immigration Cap.

What are Un-Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship?

Each year Tier 2 Sponsors are asked to request an allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship based on their usage in the previous year and their expectations for the year ahead. The UKBA consider the application and normally credit an allocation of unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship to the sponsor.

Sponsors can assign an unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship in the case of:

  • Intra Company Transfers (where an Tier 2 ICT license is held)
  • Existing migrants who are extending their employment with the same employer
  • New employees who are ‘switching’ their employment
  • Those seeking admission to fill a vacancy attracting a salary of £150,000 or more
  • Tier 2 Sports People or Ministers of Religion

Unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship may be allocated by the Sponsor without applying to UKBA as their allocation does not affect the Immigration Cap.

Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship

A Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is used in the most part for ‘out of country’ applications which are subject to the Immigration Cap. Unrestricted CoS’s are used in the case of ‘In Country’ extension or switching applications which do not have any effect on the Immigration Cap.

To apply for a restricted CoS a Sponsor must submit an application to the UKBA by the 5th of the month and then wait for approval before assigning the CoS to a prospective employee.

In the current financial year the Immigration Cap has been set to 20,700 with the total number of available certificates divided up each month. The Cap may change after the 5th April 2014.  Points are awarded based on the following:

      • Priority is given to those roles detailed on the Shortage Occupation List, THEN
      • Those who apply to work in a role which requires a PhD and is in the research field, THEN
      • Those who have carried out a Resident Labour Market Test with higher level salaries attracting more points.

Croatian citizens don’t need a restricted certificate.

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Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) | Employer

A Certificate of Sponsorship is the all important electronic document that a Tier 2 Licensed Employer must issue to a prospective migrant in order to allow him or her to gain a Tier 2 General Visa in respect of the company.

An individual cannot apply for a Tier 2 General visa until he or she has been issued with a Certificate of Sponsorship by a prospective employer.

Are you an employer who is considering sponsoring a skilled individual under Tier 2 General? Do you need to discuss your situation with a professional OISC registered immigration advisor? If so call Commonwealth Contractors now on  0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

What Information does a CoS Include?

Certificates of Sponsorship include basic information about the individual / role and must more detailed information that effectively sets out the basis for the employment and sponsorship.

The following table outlines the basic information associated with the individual and role.

 

Category

Information

Personal Information

Including;

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Nationality
  • Place of Birth
  • Country of Birth
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Country of Residence

Passport Information

Including;

  • Passport Number
  • Issue Date
  • Expiry Date
  • Place of Issue of Passport

Current Home Address

Including;

  • Residential Address
  • City or Town
  • Postcode
  • Country

Identification Numbers

Including;

  • UK ID Card Number
  • UK National Insurance Number
  • National ID Card Number
  • Employee Number

Work Dates

Including;

  • Start Date
  • End Date
  • Total Weekly Hours

Main Work Address

The should include full details of the main work address and also and other regular work addresses

Agent

If the role was sourced through an agent full details must be provided including;

  • Company Name
  • Contact Name
  • Address
  • City or Town
  • Postcode
  • Country

The second part of the CoS includes much more detailed information about the role, whether the individual is working further to a contract and very importantly, the resident labour market test. Information from the second part of the CoS has been set out below.

Category

Information

Job Title

The individual’s full job title should be detailed. Care should be taken to avoid using acronyms

Job Type

You must choose the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code that most closely matches the job title. Please note that each SOC code has a minimum salary associated with it. You MUST pay the migrant at least the minimum salary as detailed further to the SOC code otherwise there will be issues at audit time.

Summary of Job Description

You should detail the main duties of the role. Where the SOC code has multiple jobs listed under it, you should state which job the salary has been assessed against within that code.

Gross Salary in Sterling

Detail the total gross salary that you will be paying to the individual.

Gross Allowances

Detail any gross allowances that you will be paying to the individual.

Job on a Client Contract

If the job is on a client contract you must tick this box

Summary of Client Contract

Details should be provided of the client contract. This is a free text box so you should simply provide as much relevant information as possible.

Details of the Resident Labour Market Test

You must detail where you advertised the job and the dates each advert ran for. You must also include any reference number for each advertisement, for example a Jobcentre plus vacancy reference number.

Maintenance Confirmation

If you are an ‘A-Rated’ Sponsor you can validate the maintenance requirement in respect an individual. This will make the process of applying easier as the individual will not need to provide at least 90 days bank statements however you do have further legal responsibility.

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Further Tier 2 Employer Information

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Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) | Individual

In order to apply for a Tier 2 General Visa you must have been issued with a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from a Tier 2 Licensed Employer. If you do not have a CoS you will NOT be able to apply for a Tier 2 General Visa.

A Certificate of Sponsorship is a database record in the UK Border Agency’s Sponsor Management System. Once a Sponsor has passed all mandatory Tier 2 employment processes it can assign a live CoS to a migrant worker. The CoS takes the form of a 10 digit Certificate of Sponsorship reference number which the individual must use when applying for the visa.

Are you a highly skilled IT, Engineering, Medical or Financial Services Professional? Do you need a Tier 2 General visa for the UK? If so Commonwealth Contractors may be able to help! We partner with Tier 2 Licensed employers and consultancies who may be prepared, where required, to sponsor an individual under Tier 2 General.

To find out more call now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

What is a Certificate of Sponsorship?

A Certificate of Sponsorship is a ‘virtual document’ which effectively forms the basis of a sponsors right to employ an individual on a Tier 2 General Visa. It is very important that a sponsor issues a CoS correctly and accurately as errors may be picked up at an annual UKBA compliance audit and repercussions can be costly (the UKBA may fine a sponsor for non compliance and downgrade or revoke a license where required).

There are two types of Certificate of Sponsorship (as detailed below);

  • ’Restricted’ Certificates of Sponsorship , AND
  • ‘Unrestricted’ Certificates of Sponsorship

Restricted CoS’s are used in the case of most ‘out of country’ applications which are subject to the Immigration Cap. Unrestricted CoS’s are used in the case of ‘In Country’ extension or switching applications which do not have any effect on the Immigration Cap.

What are Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship?

Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship are used for ‘out of country’ applications which fall under the Immigration Cap. To apply for a restricted CoS a Sponsor must submit an application to the UKBA by the 5th of the month and then wait for approval before assigning the CoS to a prospective employee.

In the current financial year the Immigration Cap has been set to 20,700 with the total number of available certificates divided up each month. Points are awarded based on the following:

  • Priority is given to those roles detailed on the Shortage Occupation List, THEN
  • Those who apply to work in a role which requires a PhD and is in the research field, THEN
  • Those who have carried out a Resident Labour Market Test with higher level salaries attracting more points.

What are Un-Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship?

Each year Tier 2 Sponsors are asked to request an allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship based on their usage in the previous year and their expectations for the year ahead. The UKBA consider the application and normally credit an allocation of unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship to the sponsor.

Sponsors can assign an unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship in the case of:

  • Intra Company Transfers (where an Tier 2 ICT license is held)
  • Existing migrants who are extending their employment with the same employer
  • New employees who are ‘switching’ their employment
  • Those seeking admission to fill a vacancy attracting a salary of £150,000 or more
  • Tier 2 Sports People or Ministers of Religion

Unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship may be allocated by the Sponsor without applying to the UKBA as their allocation does not affect the Immigration Cap.

Find out More

To find out more about our solutions call now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

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