2,332 Tier 2 UK Visa Certificates of Sponsorship Available for Allocation in May by employers with a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence

Following the Tier 2 visa allocation meeting, the number of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) available for May 2017 stood at 2,332, according to UK Visas and Immigration data. The department published its April report citing that its figures were correct as of 24 April, 2017.

An employer with a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence needs to apply for Certificates of Sponsorship for immigrants they wish to employ. Under the current UK immigration 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 April Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship allocation meeting took place on 12 April, 2017. All valid applications lodged by 6 April were successful, provided they scored 21 points or more.

Sanwar Ali workpermit.com has the following comment to make:

There continues to be good availability of restricted certificates of sponsorship.   This is probably because it has become more and more expensive and difficult to apply for a tier 2 sponsorship licence and tier 2 visa.  The Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence guidance in effect gives the Home  Office numerous options to refuse, revoke or suspend a sponsorship licence.   The requirements are so confusing and complex that probably no one including the Home Office fully understands them.   The immigration skills charge which can cost up to £1,000 per employee per year adds considerably to the cost of employing a Tier 2 visa migrant.

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

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


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


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


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


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


Minimum point score for successful applications in April.


Total number of Certificates of Sponsorship granted in April.


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


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


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



The next UK Visas and Immigration allocation meeting took place on 11 May, 2017 and indicated the number of Tier 2 Visa CoS that will be available for the month of June, 2017.

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