Allocations of restricted certificates of sponsorship in March 2019

Under paragraph 245H of the Immigration Rules, the Tier 2 scheme allows UK employers to recruit migrants from outside the EEA in order to fill a particular vacancy that cannot be filled by a British, settled or EEA worker.

The applicant must be allocated a restricted certificate of sponsorship (CoS) under the Tier 2 category if he/she would like to apply from outside the UK.

It is important to note that there are a limited number of CoS available to Tier 2 (General) A-rated sponsors each month. The annual limit is 20,700 and they are divided into 12 monthly allocations. The UKVI has now published the monthly allocation of restricted certificates of sponsorship for March 2019 as below:

Number of certificates of sponsorship from annual limit set aside for allocation meeting       1000

Balance of certificates of sponsorship carried over from previous month       912

Number of certificates returned during previous month          1

Number of certificates reclaimed as not used within 3 months            246

Number of certificates granted by exceptional consideration outside of monthly allocation during previous month           27

Total number of certificates of sponsorship available for allocation in March    2141

Minimum point score for successful applications in March     21

Total number of certificates of sponsorship granted in March 1611

Tier 2 (General – new hires under £159,600)  1598

Tier 2 (General – Tier 4 dependant switching to Tier 2)           13

Number of certificates of sponsorship unused from the 2018 / 2019 annual limit      530

Please note that the next monthly allocation meeting date is 11 April 2019.

For more information about how to obtain a CoS or how to apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa please contact us.

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