The number of Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) available for allocation in May according to the table below is 2483. This is not a precise figure. From past experience it is likely to be more than that. The actual number will probably be similar to the number available in March 2016. UK Visas and Immigration published its April report stating that its figures were correct as of April 13th, 2016.
An employer with a Tier 2 Visa Sponsorship Licence needs to apply for Certificates of Sponsorship for immigrants from outside the EU that they wish to employ. Under the current UK immigration system, unused Tier 2 restricted CoS to employ people who are currently based outside the UK can be reclaimed after three months. This increases the availability of restricted CoS used.
The April Tier 2 Visa Certificate of Sponsorship allocation meeting took place on 11th of April. All valid applications lodged by the 5th of April were successful provided they scored 21 points or more.
The breakdown of Tier 2 CoSs for the month of April looks like this:
|Number of certificates of sponsorship from annual limit set aside for allocation meeting in April||2,200|
|Balance of certificates of sponsorship carried over from previous month||0|
|Number of certificates returned during previous month||0|
|Number of certificates reclaimed as not used within three months||0|
|Number of certificates granted by exceptional consideration outside of monthly allocation during previous month||5|
|Total number of certificates assigned to Croatians in previous month||20|
|Total number of certificates of sponsorship available for allocation in April||2,175|
|Minimum point score for successful applications in April||21|
|Total number of certificates of sponsorship granted in April||1,692|
|Tier 2 (General – New hires under £155,300)||1,688|
|Tier 2 (General – Tier 4 dependant switching to Tier 2)||4|
|Balance of certificates of sponsorship carried over to May 2016||483|
|Number of certificates of sponsorship available for allocation in May 2016||2,483|
The next UK Visas and Immigration allocation meeting will take place on 11 May, 2016 and will provide further details of the number of Tier 2 CoS that will be available for the month of June.
City Legal Services can help with Tier 2 Visa Sponsorship Licences
If you need help with a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence or would like help with complying with your Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence obligations we can help. Call 020 3695 4626 for further details.