Tier 2 visa certificates of sponsorship available in february

UK Visas and Immigration has published its monthly Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) allocation report for January, which gives an indication of the number that will be available for the month of February. Employers with a Tier 2 visa sponsorship licence will be pleased to see that there will be good availability of COSs in February 2016.

An employer with a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence needs to apply for Certificates of Sponsorship for immigrants 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 CoSs for employers.

The January, Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship allocation meeting took place on 11 January, 2016. All valid applications lodged by the 5 January were successful provided they scored 21 points or more.

The breakdown of Tier 2 CoS for the month of January looks like this:

  • Number of Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship from annual limit set aside for allocation meeting in January. 1,650
  • Balance of Certificates of Sponsorship carried over from previous month (December). 124
  • Number of certificates returned during previous month (December). 8
  • Number of certificates reclaimed as not used within three months. 176
  • Number of certificates granted by exceptional consideration outside of monthly allocation during previous month. 10
  • Number of certificates granted by exceptional consideration outside of monthly allocation during previous month. 10
  • Total number of certificates assigned to Croatians in previous month. 22
  • Total number of Certificates of Sponsorship available for allocation in January. 1,926
  • Minimum point score for successful applications in January. 21
  • Total number of Certificates of Sponsorship granted in January. 1,441
  • Tier 2 (General – New hires under £155,300). 1,428
  • Tier 2 (General – Tier 4 dependant switching to Tier 2). 13
  • Balance of Certificates of sponsorship carried over to February 2016. 485
  • Number of Certificates of Sponsorship available for allocation in February 2016. 2,135

The February allocation meeting took place on 11 February 2016, with the allocation figures set to be published later this month, which will also include details of the March allocation quota.

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