The Tier 2 CoS annual allocation process will soon begin meaning that any unused unrestricted Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship (‘CoS’) held by sponsors expire on 5 April each year.
Tier 2 sponsors should therefore check to ascertain if, when their Tier 2 CoS annual allocation expires, they are likely to need to issue unrestricted CoS for the 12 months from 6 April to 5 April. If so they should apply using the Sponsor Management System (SMS) for a new allocation.
Who to include?
Sponsors only need to apply for a new unrestricted Tier 2 CoS annual allocation if they believe that they may need to issue unrestricted CoS during next year’s cycle to a migrant:
- if their annual salary will be at least £159,600;
- if they are already in the UK, sponsored under Tier 2 (General) and are extending their leave, changing employer or changing job role;
- if they are eligible to switch into the Tier 2 (General) category from within the UK;
- if they will be sponsored to work in a PhD level role;
- for high value inward investment posts, where the job offer is for the migrant to work in support of a posting from an overseas firm in connection with the relocation of a high value business to the UK or a significant new investment project;
- where SOC code 2231 is to be used for nurses; or
- where SOC code 2211 is to be used for medical doctors.
Requests for a new Tier 2 CoS annual allocation should include justification for the number of CoS required.
Sponsors can also request additional certificates throughout the year should the need arise.
Should EU/EEA employees be included in the Tier 2 CoS annual allocation calculation?
Based on the information currently available, there is no need for Tier 2 sponsors to include EU/EEA citizens and family members who may be working for them in their Tier 2 CoS annual allocation calculations.
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How we can assist
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