Certificate Of Sponsorship (Tier 2 & 5)
Once a Sponsorship Licence has been granted a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) may be granted by the UKBA as per the employer's request. It is sometimes possible that a company will receive a zero allocation after obtaining a licence.
A Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is a virtual document, issued by the UKBA to a Level 1 or 2 User via the Sponsorship Management System (SMS). All relevant information about the sponsored employee, their role, and details of whether the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) has been carried out, if appropriate to the application, must be included at this stage.
There are 2 types of CoS, Unrestricted and Restricted:-
UNRESTRICTED CoS is issued to employees not affected by the recent introduced limit such as Intra Company Transfers, those already in the UK under Tier 2 or another category of stay which allows them to switch in-country (such as students, post-study workers and dependants), those attracting a salary of £150,000 p.a. or more and Tier 2 Sports People or Ministers of Religion.
RESTRICTED CoS applies to all those currently outside the UK or here in a category which does not allow them to switch in-country. The limit for restricted CoS is 20,700 for the current year.