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Out of Country Tier 2 Applications

‘Out of Country’ Tier 2 applications are used where a UK Employer wishes to employ a Non EEA national who does not have an existing status that will allow him or her to move to the new visa in country. (more…)

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In Country Tier 2 Applications

In Country’ Tier 2 General applications are used where an applicant is either; (1) switching immigration category, OR (2) changing employment from one Tier 2 sponsor to another, OR (3) extending existing Tier 2 leave with the same employer. (more…)

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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.

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IT Consulting on Tier 2 General visa

Highly skilled IT consultants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) now have few choices but to do IT Consulting on a Tier 2 General Visa with a Tier 2 Licensed Sponsor in order to work in the UK now that Tier 1 General (formerly the old HSMP) has been cancelled. One other option if you have £50,000 to invest and a valid plan for an IT consulting business, is a Tier 1 entrepreneur visa using our partners turnkey solution

Are you a highly skilled IT Consultant with skills in demand? Do you need a Tier 2 General Visa (formerly UK Work Permit) to work in the UK? If so Commonwealth Contractors may be able to help!

At Commonwealth Contractors we partner with Tier 2 Licensed Employers & Consultancies who may be prepared, where appropriate, to sponsor a highly skilled Individual on a Tier 2 General Visa.

 IT Consulting on Tier 2 General Visa

If you’re a highly skilled IT Consultant your aim will no doubt be to work on many varied IT projects in order to develop your professional experience and make you skills ever more in demand. Working for an IT Consultancy can be a great way to realise this aim and build your skill set in order to enjoy a long and fruitful career.

At Commonwealth Contractors we work with a number of IT Consultancies who are always looking for highly skilled individuals with skill and experience combinations in great demand in the UK. These companies are Tier 2 licensed and are prepared, where required, to sponsor a Tier 2 General visa.

Benefits of working for an IT Consultancy on a Tier 2 General Visa:

  • Varied Projects – Work on a number of varied projects during the course of a Tier 2 visa approval and build experience quickly. This should be compared to working for a Tier 2 sponsor in the same role for 5 years and stagnating
  • Increasing Project Rates and Retention – Normally rates increase with experience and value creation. If billing rates increase so will your pay / benefits!
  • 3 – 5 Year Tier 2 General Visas Approved – Our partners normally look to apply for maximum term Tier 2 General Visas (initially 3 years, extendable so that after 5 years you will usually be eligible for Permanent Residence (‘Indefinite Leave to remain’ or ILR)
  • Reclaimable Expenses to boost retention. Where appropriate, expenses may include:
    • Accommodation costs (either hotel or rent & Utilities) linked to work at a temporary site
    • Visa Costs
    • Flights Home
    • Travel cost to a temporary workplace
    • Subsistence costs when working at a temporary workplace
    • Professional Training & development
    • Professional Journals and Textbooks
    • Postage and Stationary
    • Necessary hardware & software

IT Roles in Demand

Many high level Information Technology roles and in great demand in the UK, including;

Senior Business Analysts, Systems Consultants, Project Managers, Senior Systems Analyst, Senior Test Analysts, Senior Systems Developers, Systems Architects, Senior Programmers, Senior Software Engineers.

If you work in one of the areas detailed below or any other high level IT role please get in contact!

IT Skills in Demand

The IT sector is always evolving which means that many new and existing skills are in great demand, including;

Murex, Calypso, Fidessa, Front Arena, Globus, OpenLink, Sophis, Summit, SolArc, SAP, Oracle, SQL, .NET, C, C++, C, Oracle, ASP.NET, XML, Java, J2EE, ION Trading, TIBCO, Solvency II, Basel II, Basel III, Sybase, WebSphere, WPF, Silverlight, Android, J2SE, WebLogic, DB2, Essbase etc

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To find out more about securing Tier 2 Work Permit Sponsorship with a Tier 2 Licensed employer call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

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Tier 1 PSW to Tier 2 General

Would you like to remain in the UK past the expiry of your Tier 1 Post Study Work Visa? Are you looking to secure Tier 2 Work Permit Sponsorship? If so Commonwealth Contractors may be able to help! (more…)

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Tier 1 General to Tier 2 General

Are you unable to qualify for a Tier 1 General extension? Do you work as a highly skilled IT, Engineering, Medical or Financial Services Professional? If so Commonwealth Contractors may be able to help you ‘switch’ in country to Tier 2 General! (more…)

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