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New Sponsors: how to sponsor migrants under the Tier 2 Work Permit category

20 August 2010

On 19 July 2010 the UK Border Agency introduced an interim limit on applications submitted under Tier 2 (General) of the Points Based System.

This limit will be in place until 31 March 2011 and will be reviewed on a regular basis to reflect the changing economic circumstances.

During the interim period the UKBA will continue to process sponsor licence applications however, there will be a limited allocation of CoS available to new sponsors with some sponsors not being able to employ any migrants during the interim period.

Those sponsors who do not have any CoS available on the Sponsor Management System can apply for additional CoS under the exceptional consideration.  The number of CoS are available for exceptional cases is limited and it is likely that most requests will be refused. The overall allocation of CoS available for exceptional cases will be divided across the months of the interim limit.

All requests will be assessed and ranked against the following criteria (starting with the highest ranking):

All requests for exceptional consideration will be considered by a panel of UK Border Agency managers meeting on a monthly basis on the first working day of the month.

Sponsors will be notified of the outcome of their request for exceptional consideration within five working days from the panel's meeting. The panel's decision is final and will not attract a right of appeal.


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