Certificates of Sponsorship

Certificates of Sponsorship

If growing your business by hiring the right people with the right skills involves hiring migrant workers, obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship through your Sponsor Licence is often essential. Only businesses with a Sponsorship Licence can obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship. A Certificate of Sponsorship allows businesses to hire migrant workers under the Tier 2 and Tier 5 categories of the Points Based System.

What is a Certificate of Sponsorship?

A Certificate of Sponsorship is a virtual document that allows businesses to hire migrant workers under Tier 2 and Tier 5 visas of the Points Based System.

Types of Certificates of Sponsorship

There are two types of Certificates of Sponsorship, Restricted and Unrestricted, with the choice dependent on the circumstances of the prospective employer and the position being offered.

Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship

You’ll need a Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship if you’re looking to hire a new employee from outside the European Economic Area with a salary of less than £159,600.

You will normally need to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) before sending your application to the Home Office for consideration. The panel that administers the monthly allocation of certificates sits on the 11th of each month and assesses applications against the annual cap of 20,700 people per annum, the level and salary for the position and the Resident Labour Market Test where applicable

Unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship

Each year, Tier 2 Sponsors are asked to request an allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship based on their usage in the previous year and their expectations for the year ahead. The Home Office considers the request and credits an allocation of Unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship to the company.

These are typically designed to retain current employees in the UK but may be used in other cases for example where prospective employees are eligible to switch into the Tier 2 or Tier 5 categories or the position commands a salary in excess of £155,300.

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