UK Tier 2 Visa Certificate of Sponsorship for January 2019

Following the latest Tier 2 visa allocation of restricted certificates of sponsorship meeting, the number of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) available for January 2019 stands at 2,119, according to UK Visas and Immigration data. The department published its December report, citing that its figures were correct as of 19 December, 2018.

Sanwar Ali comment:

Continuing good news for Tier 2 Sponsor employers wishing to employ those resident outside the UK on a Tier 2 visa.  There is good availability under the quota.  In most cases as long as the other requirements are met it should be possible to obtain a Tier 2 visa.  There is continuing uncertainty relating to Brexit.   

It should also be remembered that Immigration Health Surcharge is about to double.  It may be an idea to apply as soon as possible to avoid this additional cost.

An employer with a Tier 2 Sponsor 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.

The number of certificates reclaimed as not used for the month of December totalled 242.

The December Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship allocation meeting took place on 12 December, 2018. All valid applications lodged by 5 December 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 December looks like this:

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


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


Number of certificates returned during previous month (November).


Number of certificates reclaimed as not used within three months.


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


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


Minimum point score for successful applications in December.


Total number of Certificates of Sponsorship granted in December.


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 January 2019.


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



The next UK Visas and Immigration allocation meeting will take place in January 2019 and will indicate the number of Tier 2 CoS that will be available for the month of February, 2019. can help with Tier 2 Sponsor Licences and Tier 2 Visas

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