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Important information for the end of the Brexit Transition Period and the EU Settlement Scheme, if you or your close family members are an EU / EEA Citizen

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Certificates of Sponsorship

Having been granted a sponsor licence, the next step in employing a migrant worker is often an application for a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (“CoS”). However, before you can do this, you must be sure you cannot recruit a settled worker.  There are a number of processes to go through.

Only businesses with a sponsorship licence can obtain a CoS.


What is a Certificate of Sponsorship? 

A CoS allows businesses to hire migrant workers under the Tier 2 and Tier 5 categories of the Points-Based System.

There are two types of CoS: Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (“RCoS”) and Unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship. The type of CoS that a company requires depends on the migrant worker’s circumstances and the vacancy that the migrant will fill.

It is important to note that applications for RCoSs are only considered once a month. It is therefore vital that any application is planned and scheduled carefully.Under certain circumstances, the company will be required to carry out a Resident Labour Market Test before they are able to apply for a CoS.

Applications for a CoS are made via the Home Office’s Sponsor Management System. Once a CoS is approved, it needs to be allocated to the migrant it is intended for before the migrant is able to apply for their visa.


Annual CoS Allocation

Every year the Home Office allows companies holding a sponsor licence to apply for an allocation of Unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship. The application requires the company to justify the number of CoSs they apply for.

Gherson is able to advise and assist with all aspects of the CoS application process.


For further information relating to CoSs, please contact us.



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