UK Tier 2 Visa Certificate of Sponsorship for February 2019

Sanwar Ali comment:

Brexit if it does actually happen (or is delayed) is less than two months away. Many employers are starting to wonder what they will do if they are unable to recruit EU workers. The expensive, bureaucratic, and confusing Tier 2 Sponsor Licence and Tier 2 visa system is not fit for purpose in this situation.

Tier 2 Sponsor Licence applications are refused for minor mistakes or due to mistakes made because hardly anyone understands the extremely long and confusing Tier 2 visa related guidance documents provided by the Government. If the Government was really interested in helping employers then UK Visa and Immigration would contact employers to correct mistakes instead of refusing Tier 2 Sponsor Licence applications outright.

Following the latest Tier 2 visa allocation of restricted certificates of sponsorship meeting, the number of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) available for February 2019 stands at 2,317, according to UK Visas and Immigration data. The department published its December report, citing that its figures were correct as of 22 January, 2019.

An employer with a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence needs to apply for Certificates of Sponsorship for immigrants they wish to employ. Restricted certificates of sponsorship are needed in many cases to employ migrants who are resident outside the UK. In most cases those applying to switch to a Tier 2 visa from within the UK do not need a restricted Certificate of Sponsorship. Also, you do not need a restricted CoS for Tier 2 Intra-Company transfer applicants. 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.

The number of certificates reclaimed as not used within three months for the month of January totalled 168.

The January, Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship allocation meeting took place on 11 January, 2019. All valid applications lodged by 5 January were successful, provided they scored the 21 points needed for an application to be approved.

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

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


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


Number of certificates returned during previous month (December).


Number of certificates reclaimed as not used within three months.


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


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


Minimum point score for successful applications in January.


Total number of Certificates of Sponsorship granted in January.


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 February 2019.


Number of certificates of sponsorship available for allocation in January 2019.



The next UK Visas and Immigration allocation meeting will take place on 11 February and will indicate the number of Tier 2 CoS that will be available for the month of March, 2019. can help with Tier 2 Visa Sponsorship Licences

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