Customer Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Certificates Can I Apply For?


When you submit a Sponsor Licence Application you will be asked to estimate the number of unrestricted sponsorship certificates that you will need. You will need to provide evidence that you need the number of certificates applied for. There is no limit to the number of unrestricted sponsorship certificates available. There are a limited number of restricted sponsorship certificates available each month and these need to be applied for through the Sponsorship Management System (SMS). Applications are assessed on the first working day after the 10th day of each month (the ‘allocation date’) using a points system. If you apply after the 5th day of the month then your application will be held until the next month’s allocation date. Roles on the Shortage Occupation List are prioritised, with roles which require a PhD prioritised after this. Those who have completed a Resident Labour Market Test are then prioritised, with more points awarded the higher the salary.




Can You Guarantee A Certificate Will Be Granted?


A CoS does not guarantee that a visa will be granted. Once you have assigned the CoS, the applicant worker will need to submit a successful visa application under the Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) or Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) categories of the points-based system. It is your responsibility, as the employer, to ensure that the applicant worker is informed when a CoS is issued. The Certificate of Sponsorship must include the same details as stated in the applicant worker’s passport.




Can My Certificate Expire?


A CoS can only be used once and will expire if it is not used by the applicant worker within three months of the employer assigning it to them.




Do I Need To Pay An Immigration Skills Charge?


If you assign a certificate of sponsorship to a worker with a Tier 2 (General) or Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa, you may also need to pay the Immigration Skills Charge.