There continues to be a good availability of Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) with the number available for allocation in June standing at 2,615, according to UK Visas and Immigration data. The department published its May report citing that its figures were correct as of 13 May, 2016.
An employer with a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence needs to apply for Certificates of Sponsorship for immigrants they wish to employ under the tier 2 visa scheme. 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 used.
The May Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship allocation meeting took place on 11 May. All valid applications lodged by the 5 May were successful, provided they scored 21 points or more.
The breakdown of Tier 2 CoS for the month of May looks like this:
|Number of Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship from annual limit set aside for allocation meeting in May.||2,000|
|Balance of Certificates of Sponsorship carried over from previous month (April).||483|
|Number of certificates returned during previous month (April).||8|
|Number of certificates reclaimed as not used within three months.||0|
|Number of certificates granted by exceptional consideration outside of monthly allocation during previous month (April).||9|
|Total number of certificates assigned to Croatians in previous month (April).||18|
|Total number of Certificates of Sponsorship available for allocation in May.||2,464|
|Minimum point score for successful applications in March.||21|
|Total number of Certificates of Sponsorship granted in May.||1,849|
|Tier 2 (General – New hires under £155,300).||1,840|
|Tier 2 (General – Tier 4 dependant switching to Tier 2).||9|
|Balance of certificates of sponsorship carried over to June 2016.||615|
|Number of Certificates of Sponsorship available for allocation in June 2016.||2,615|
The next UK Visas and Immigration allocation meeting will take place on 11 June, 2016 and will indicate the number of Tier 2 CoS that will be available for the month of July.