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The UK Border Agency has issued the following announcement on Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship:

Sponsors submitting a request for an initial or additional allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship for consideration at the January panel should be aware that due to the holiday period the panel will convene on 7 January 2011.

Applications must be received by 24 December 2010 to be considered by the January panel. Any applications received after this date will not be considered. Therefore, applications must be submitted in good time taking account of the Christmas post arrangements. Sponsors will be notified of the outcome of their application by 14 January 2011. The February panel date will not be affected and applications for this panel must be received by 24 January 2011.

Two Tier Tier 2?

Following the earlier ‘interim cap’ sponsoring employers were stripped of their Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) allocations, as the government wanted to avoid a rush of Tier 2 applications prior to a permanent migration Cap next April.

Employers now have to reapply for a CoS, which replaced the old Work Permits following the introduction of the points based system, but, as employers have found to their cost, it is becoming virtually impossible to obtain one as the government’s especially for lower paid workers (below £20,000) such as Senior Carers – even though they are officially listed on the Shortage Occupations list.

The UK Border Agency are effectively running a two tier Tier 2 system where higher paid workers are given priority over their lower paid counterparts.

Applications for a previously allocated CoS now goes before a new ‘panel’ which sits monthly to decide on who shall get their CoS back and those who will be refused.

Candidates unable to obtain a CoS from an employer can go home to their country of origin and wait until their employers are ready for them.

Old work permit holders with less than 5 years service are in a difficult position unless they can apply before their visas expire and should seek expert advice from an OISC registered immigration adviser. 

The ECCA, a trade body which represents a large proportion of care industry employers, are taking the government to court this month in a challenge to the migration cap. The Judicial Review is due to be heard in London’s High Court on 15 December 2010.

The ECCA claims the immigration cap for non-EU migrants will seriously put at risk care homes in Britain.

See also:

Immigration cap already in place – for Care Workers

X Factor’s Gamu Nhengu visa refusal reversed on appeal

Consultation on Tier 4 Student Visas announced by Home Office

Non-EU skilled workers to be capped at 21,700

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  1. Hi , I am on NVQ3 student visa and it is running out at the end of January .My employer has tried twice to get CoS but rejected and been told should apply less than 60days . We are waiting for the panel on January but it delayed again due to the holiday ,so the outcome will be out on 14th January .My wages has reached 20K,and we are A rate company , could you tell me how much chance I can get CoS as a senior carer ?As once the outcome is negative will it be too late to renew it on student visa as not enough time left now , so distressed and stressful !

    many thanks

  2. visa asd senior carer is to expire feb 27, 2011,arrived here april 17,2006,am on 7.02 ph,when should i ask my employer for extension or COS,is it true 2 months before my visa ends according to new ruling? Thanks.

  3. what is certificate of sponsorship,what should be the contents of that?My employer is registered to issue work permit so can they issue CoS as well or do they have to apply?please help me, im really worried.

  4. jadesola dairo says :

    i am on tier 2 with old work permit expiring end of employer applied for sposorship to extend my visa.up till now ve not heard from uk border.pls how long does it take to consider an application as my visa will soon run out.tkns

  5. sikirat says :

    Am on tier 2 visa already since last year on shortage is it going to affect. My extension in 2012 regarding. Go

    vernment changes.

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