UKVI has published information about the Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (‘RCOS’) allocation meeting that took place in November.
The figures confirm that a total of 2,011 RCOS were available for allocation in November and that the minimum points score was 21.
All RCOS applications that were submitted in time and that met the general requirements appear to have been approved. This follows UKVI’s decision to change the RCOS points table from October 2015 by revising the salary bands in order to allow for more flexibility.
1,561 RCOS have been set aside for the December allocation and whilst this figure may be further bolstered with certificates that are returned or are unused in the meantime, the fact that there will be fewer RCOS available will invariably increase the risk of failure.
The next allocation meeting will take place on Friday 11th December.
Sponsors should note that UKVI carefully scrutinizes applications including, where applicable, documentation concerning the Resident Labour Market test (‘RLMT’) that was undertaken by the sponsor. It will refuse to grant a RCOS if it concludes that the RLMT was somehow manipulated or did not otherwise comply with the requirements set out in the Sponsor Guidance and/or that a genuine vacancy does not exist.
We provide legal advice to sponsors who wish to ensure that they comply fully with UKVI’s requirements concerning RCOS and to date have a 100% record of success.
If you require legal advice and assistance, please contact us.