Immigration Alert: Annual Certificates of Sponsorship for 6 April 2013 to 5 April 2014

8 January 2013

Annual Certificates of Sponsorship for 6 April 2013 to 5 April 2014

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) is now sending out emails to Sponsors alerting them to the fact that they can apply for the next annual allocation of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) for Tier 2 with effect from 6 January 2013. If your Authorising Officer does receive an email from the UKBA on this subject it will be from a “no-reply” email address and therefore may arrive as spam or junk mail.

The current CoS allocation for each sponsoring organisation will expire on 5 April 2013 and therefore Sponsors will not be able to assign any new CoS from 6 April unless their allocation request has been processed by the UKBA. In past years, Sponsors will have experienced delays with the processing of these requests and to avoid the risk of having no CoS to assign on 6 April, the UKBA is advising that requests are submitted as soon as possible.

If you are a client of Kingsley Napley and this applies to you, your advisor will shortly be contacting you about your annual renewal but please contact us in the meantime should you have any immediate concerns. 

Tuberculosis Testing for UK Visa Applicants in South Africa and Zimbabwe

As of 31 December South Africa and Zimbabwe are the latest to be added to the list of countries where compulsory tuberculosis testing of visa applicants will take place, for those applying to come to the UK for more than six months. The new visa testing processes were first introduced in May 2012 for high risk countries and South Africa has been identified by the World Health Organisation as one of the 67 countries with a high incidence of the disease. The testing will need to take place at an approved test centre.

Home Secretary Promises to Investigate Incorrect UK Visa Text Messages 

In September last year the UK Border Agency (UKBA) awarded a multi-million pound contract to the private outsourcing company Capita to track down and remove 174,000 people who had either entered the country illegally or overstayed their UK visa. Reports have been received of people receiving text messages from Capita over the Christmas period informing them to leave the country, even people with British passports. It seems that Capita is relying on records held by the UKBA, some of which appear to be out of date. Capita has confirmed that a contact telephone number is provided with the text message so that those contacted can discuss their case. The Home Secretary Theresa May has promised to investigate these errors.

For more information, please contact a member of the immigration team.

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