Low monthly CoS allocation for April 2011 – large rollover of CoS into May's allocation

10 May 2011

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) published figures recently on its allocation of restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) to Tier 2 registered sponsors for April 2011. The figures are surprisingly low and as a result a large number of CoS are being rolled over into the allocation for May 2011.

As it was the first month of operation of the permanent limits, the UKBA had made available 4,500 restricted CoS for use in April, anticipating some pent-up demand from the period of interim limits. However, only 1,028 applications submitted scored the minimum 32 points required and were allocated a CoS – leaving 3,172 of April's CoS unallocated. Those unallocated CoS will roll over into May, meaning that a total of 4,672 restricted CoS are available for employers applying before 6 May 2011.

Employers registered as sponsors who want to assign a restricted Tier 2 CoS in relation to a new employee they want to sponsor, must apply to the UKBA for a CoS. Under the permanent immigration limits, the UKBA has allotted a certain number of CoS for use each month and whether any particular application is successful depends on how many other applications are received that meet the minimum points threshold.

The next monthly allocation date is 11 May 2011. Any CoS available in May that are not allocated will roll over into June's allocation.

For more information please contact: Nicolas Rollason at nrollason@kingsleynapley.co.uk or on +44 (0)20 7814 1276.

Share insightLinkedIn Twitter Facebook Email to a friend Print

Email this page to a friend

We welcome views and opinions about the issues raised in this blog. Should you require specific advice in relation to personal circumstances, please use the form on the contact page.

Leave a comment

You may also be interested in:

Skip to content Home About Us Insights Services Contact Accessibility