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UNITED KINGDOM – 2017 Allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship

UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) have advised that sponsors are now able to apply to renew their allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) in Tier 2 (General).

Key Points

  • The present allocations will expire on 5 April 2017.
  • Some sponsors’ allocations will be "automatically renewed”, in which case nothing is required from the sponsor.
  • UKVI will contact other sponsors via email three months before 5 April 2017, and monthly thereafter, by way of reminder.
  • If a sponsor’s allocations expire, it is not possible to assign a CoS until a renewal request is granted.
  • It is not possible to request an in-year CoS increase for an expired allocation.
  • The standard processing time for a CoS is up to 18 weeks. Sponsors may request expedited CoS processing for a £200 UKVI fee.

Action Items

  • Sponsors should ensure that requests to renew allocations are made to UKVI in time to facilitate a CoS allocation on 6 April 2017, to minimise the risk of allocations expiring.

The information in this alert was provided by Dearson Winyard International.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.