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Certificate of Sponsorship
  • What is a Certificate of Sponsorship?

A certificate of Sponsorship is necessary for the migrants planning to move to the UK via Tier 2 General Visa. The UK employer must hold a valid Sponsor License in order to extend the Certificate of Sponsorship to each employee intending to bring them over.

This is a certificate where the employer clearly certifies their proposed employment conditions. However, a certificate of Sponsorship is nothing but an electronic record.

As soon as an applicant applies for a Tier 2 (General) Visa, he or she must be employed by a licensed sponsor. The sponsor validates if the applicant is qualified enough to perform the job hiring for and if it qualifies for a visa.

They will assign the Certificate of Sponsorship in order to add to the Tier 2 (General) visa application. The applicant is expected to use Certificate of Sponsorship reference number only once.

  • What does a Valid Certificate of Sponsorship include?

A valid Certificate of Sponsorship must be assigned by a licensed sponsor. The Certificate of Sponsorship must include the same details as in the passport. It should be assigned no more than 3 months before the date of application.

The start date of the Certificate of Sponsorship should be no more than 3 months after the date of application. By no means, the Certificate of Sponsorship must be withdrawn or cancelled by the sponsor. The sponsor must also ensure to pay any kind of applicable Immigration Skill Charges.

  • What does UK Tier 2 Confirms on the Certificate of Sponsorship?

The employer confirms that the job meets the condition of the Resident Labour Market Test. As per RLMT requirements, it is assumed that the job has already been advertised for the workers from the European Economic Area (EEA) before proceeding to offer it to the applicants Outside EEA.

  • How many types of UK Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship are there?

There are two types of Certificate of Sponsorship which include restricted and unrestricted. Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship are for those prospective Tier 2 (General) applicants who are based abroad, however, intending to work in the UK for a role less than £ 159,600 a year.

Unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship are for those prospective employees who are planning to work in the UK for a role which pays £159,600 a year or more.

  • How does a Tier 2 (General) applicant manage to get a certificate of sponsorship?

A Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship can be obtained through the Sponsorship Management System. Applications of prospective Tier 2 General will be evaluated and prioritised on the basis of criteria “Job and Recruitment” followed by the gross annual salary being offered to the prospective employee.

  • How long does Certificate of Sponsorship take?

The processing time of Tier 2 Visa application is somewhere equivalent to the processing time of restricted Certificate of Sponsorship which is around three weeks.

  • How much does the Certificate of Sponsorship Cost?

Every prospective Tier 2 migrant is assigned with a valid Certificate of Sponsorship which costs £199. The fee is the same, no matter, assigned for a period of 1 or 5 year period. Also note that the employer who is assigning Certificate of Sponsorship is also liable to pay the Immigration Skills Charge.

  • What Services does A Y & J offer?

A Y & J is a one-stop destination for qualified and multilingual immigration solicitors who take a genuine interest in providing assistance for the Certificate of Sponsorship and other matters related to the sponsorship of a Tier 2 (General) migrant. For more information, please call us now on +442074047933 or email us at contact@ayjsolicitors.com.

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