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UK Tier 2 Visa: Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship show a huge Shortage in Dec 2017

January 2018, 04
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The employers with tier 2 sponsorship licences obtain a tier 2 visa for employing people who reside out of the UK. Now it will be possible to get tier 2 visas, based on present allocation; for employing foreign nationals residing outside the UK when the salary rate annually payable to them is £55,000.  There is a demand for persons applying again by 5 January 2018, to observe whether it will be easy to obtain a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship.

In December, as per Immigration data, after the allocation meeting was held, the numbers of Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship available for Dec 2017 were 1,512. These figures held true as of 28th November 2017.

The requirements in December 2017 under the points system for restricted certificates of sponsorship were fifty-five points. The tier 2 visa system and tier 2 restricted certificate of sponsorship system work on different points systems.

A resident labour market test gives twenty points to a candidate and 35 more points are required to achieve the 55 points needed to get an annual salary of £55,000. Employers, as well as foreign workers, are waiting for January 2018 to see the happenings in this category.

Any employer possessing a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence must apply for Certificates of Sponsorship to employ immigrants. Unused Tier 2 restricted CoS are subject to reclamation after a passage of three months. Thus their availability increases.

The number of certificates not used, and made available, for the November were 309.

The meeting for November Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship allocation was held on 13th November 2017. All valid applications submitted by 5th November made the grade, after scoring 21 or more points. The scenario became difficult in December 2017.

The breakdown of Tier 2 Visa CoS for November 2017 is presented here:
Number of Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship from the annual limit set aside for allocation meeting in November. 1,500
Balance of Certificates of Sponsorship carried over from the previous month (October). 31
Number of certificates returned during the previous month (October). 0
Number of certificates reclaimed as not used within three months. 309
Number of certificates granted by exceptional consideration outside of monthly allocation during the previous month(October).65
Total number of certificates assigned to Croatians in the previous month (October). 16
Total number of Certificates of Sponsorship available for allocation in November. 1,759
Minimum point score for successful applications in November. 21
Total number of Certificates of Sponsorship granted in November. 1,747
Tier 2 (General – New hires under £159,600). 1,726
Tier 2 (General – Tier 4 dependant switching to Tier 2). 21
Balance of certificates of sponsorship carried over to December 2017. 12
Number of certificates of sponsorship available for allocation in December 2017. 1,512

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