The Tier 2 CoS annual allocation process will soon begin meaning that any unused unrestricted Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship (‘CoS’) held by sponsors will expire on 5 April 2019.
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 year 6 April 2019 to 5 April 2020. If so they should apply using the Sponsor Management System 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:
- any current Tier 2 sponsored employees to enable them to extend their permission to remain in the UK;
- new hires who will earn more than the higher rate salary threshold (currently £159,600);
- new hires who are already in the UK in a category that will allow them to switch in to Tier 2 (for instance, students who hold Tier 4 leave or employees who are sponsored by other companies);
- employees who will transfer under the ICT category (if the sponsor licence also includes Tier 2 (ICT)).
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
If you need advice or assistance in managing your Tier 2 CoS annual allocation request, please contact one of our experts.