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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 April 5, 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 April 5, 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.

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

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