1,531 UK Tier 2 Visa Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship Available for Allocation in November

Following the latest Tier 2 visa allocation meeting, the number of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) available for November, 2017 stands at 1,531 – now the lowest figure in 2017 - according to UK Visas and Immigration data. The department published its October report citing that its figures were correct as of 23 October, 2017.

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With Brexit approaching there is talk of more and more skills shortages. It seems that many EU citizens will leave the UK even if they are allowed to stay. The expensive, complicated and bureaucratic Tier 2 Visa and Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence System is unlikely to be able to deal with an increase in the requirements for UK visas after Brexit. Plans for a new type of UK visa system need to start ASAP.

An employer with a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence needs to apply for restricted Certificates of Sponsorship for immigrants they wish to employ who are currently living outside the UK. Under the current UK Visa system, unused Tier 2 restricted CoS to employ people who are currently based outside the UK can be reclaimed after three months. This increases the availability of restricted CoS used.

The October Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship allocation meeting took place on 11 October, 2017. All valid applications lodged by 5 October were successful, provided they scored 21 points or more.

The breakdown of Tier 2 CoS for the month of October looks like this:

Number of Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship from annual limit set aside for allocation meeting in October.


Balance of Certificates of Sponsorship carried over from previous month (September).


Number of certificates returned during previous month (September)


Number of certificates reclaimed as not used within three months


Number of certificates granted by exceptional consideration outside of monthly allocation during previous month (September).


Total number of certificates assigned to Croatians in previous month (September).


Total number of Certificates of Sponsorship available for allocation in October.


Minimum point score for successful applications in October.


Total number of Certificates of Sponsorship granted in October.


Tier 2 (General – New hires under £159,600).


Tier 2 (General – Tier 4 dependant switching to Tier 2).


Balance of certificates of sponsorship carried over to November 2017


Number of certificates of sponsorship available for allocation in November 2017.


The next UK Visas and Immigration allocation meeting will take place on Monday, 13 November, 2017 and will indicate the number of Tier 2 CoS that will be available for the month of December, 2017.

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