Changes Affecting Restricted Certificate Of Sponsorship Applications

On 1 October 2011 the UKBA will be introducing changes to the Sponsorship Management System (SMS), which will affect the way employers apply for restricted certificates of sponsorship (RCoS) in Tier 2 General. The changes will allow employers to use their SMS account to:

  1. submit applications for restricted certificates of sponsorship;
  2. withdraw applications for restricted certificates of sponsorship;
  3. track the progress and outcome of applications for RCoS;
  4. base a new application for RCoS on the details submitted in a previous application; and
  5. view your RCoS allocation including the number of restricted certificates of sponsorship assigned.

There will be transitional arrangements for moving from the current on-line application process to the SMS, which will affect the way employers make an application for RCoS between 6 September 2011 and 9 October 2011. The transitional arrangements will also affect the dates by which RCoS granted prior to 30 September 2011 should be assigned.

These arrangements are summarised in the table below:

Date Event Action
5/9/2011 Closing date for applications for September monthly allocation meeting All valid applications received by 5 September 2011 will be considered on 8 September 2011
6/9/2011 UK Border Agency accept on-line applications for requests for exceptional consideration for restricted certificates of sponsorship that will be assigned before 1 October 2011 Applications for exceptional consideration can be made using the on-line application form for restricted certificates of sponsorship. If the restricted certificates of sponsorship is granted it must be assigned before 1 October 2011
30/9/2011 Final day for assigning restricted certificates of sponsorship granted under existing application process. On-line application form withdrawn after close of business All restricted certificates of sponsorship granted prior to 30 September 2011 should be assigned by this date
01/10/2011-9/10/2011 Applications can be made using sponsorship management system for October monthly allocation meeting The deadline for receipt of applications is extended from 5 October to 9 October 2011.
10/10/2011 Applications can be made using sponsorship management system for November monthly allocation meeting All valid applications received between 10 October and 5 November 2011 will be considered at the November allocation meeting
11/10/2011 October monthly allocation meeting held All valid applications received by 9 October 2011 will be decided and the decision updated on sponsorship management system
11/11/2011 November monthly allocation meeting held All valid applications received between 10 October and 5 November 2011 will be decided and the decision updated on sponsorship management system

If an employer is granted a RCoS but does not assign it before 1 October 2011, they will not be able to assign it without taking further action to reclaim it using the SMS.

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