If you are intending to enter the UK to work in a highly skilled position, you will need to have your application sponsored by your employer.

Once you have a job offer from a business with a UK Sponsor License, they will be able to issue you with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). The CoS is a necessary part of your application for a Work Permit and is required for most Tier 2 and Tier 5 applications.

Your employer will need to apply for the Certificate of Sponsorship as soon as they have made you the offer. The CoS is not a physical document but is instead a serial number which you will input on your visa application.

How can IAS help?

With our services, your lawyer will contact your new employer to help them issue your Certificate of Sponsorship. We will also ensure that you are eligible for your type of work visa and completely manage your application.

Your lawyer will perform a document check and complete your application forms in full. They will also prepare a Letter of Representation to be submitted alongside your application. This is a letter which details your case and supporting evidence, with references to relevant UK immigration law.

This document will help solidify your application in the eyes of the Entry Clearance Officer. Contact us on +1844 290 6312 today or make an inquiry to learn more about receiving your CoS and for advice on your application.

FAQs

How do I get a Certificate of Sponsorship?

As a worker, you will not need to apply for the Certificate of Sponsorship. This is your future employer’s responsibility as the sponsor of your application.

Once you have received a job offer to work in the UK, your new company will need to apply to the HMRC Compliance team to receive your CoS. Before applying for a position in the UK, you will need to make sure that the company is able to hire foreign workers legally. Companies with a UK Sponsor License appear on a list made by the UK government.

You may be seen as an illegal worker and face difficulties in the UK if:

  • You do not receive your Certificate of Sponsorship; or
  • There is a discrepancy with your expected salary/job title

To ensure that your application is completed correctly and stress-free, speak with IAS today.

Who needs a CoS?

Certificates of Sponsorship come in two categories – the type you will receive depends on the kind of work you will be doing in the country.

An Unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship is applicable to:

  • Non-EEA or Swiss nationals, who are prospective employees of a UK business and are earning more than 159,600 a year, or
  • Employees who are applying from within the UK to switch onto the Tier 2 Visa (excluding any dependants of Tier 4 Visa holders).

A Restricted Certificate of Sponsorship is for:

  • Tier 2 workers who are entering the country on a salary of less than £159,600 a year, or
  • Dependent family members of Tier 4 Visa holders who are switching to the UK Tier 2 Visa.

It is important to note that there is currently a cap of 20,700 Restricted CoS issued each year.

Who can give a Certificate of Sponsorship?

Any company with a UK Sponsor License can issue a CoS to migrant employees. These must be applied for through the Sponsorship Management System before a worker applies for their Work Visa.

The application for a CoS can be rejected so it is vital that your employer has your certificate granted before you start your application.

What services does IAS offer?

Because of the imposed cap on Restricted CoS, an application for a work visa must be of the highest possible standard.

The lawyers at IAS are experienced in assisting prospective workers with their applications for Tier 2 and Tier 5 work visas. With our services, your lawyer will:

  • Complete a document check and ensure you have the correct documents before submitting;
  • Liaise with your employer to ensure they hold a UK Sponsor License;
  • Assist you in receiving your CoS in time for your application;
  • Check whether your position is on the UK Shortage Occupation List;
  • Maintain contact with the Entry Clearance Office;
  • Provide you with a Letter of Representation to support your case.

Make an inquiry online or get in touch today on +1844 290 6312 to receive our expert support in your application.

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