Final countdown to the EU Settlement Scheme deadline
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.
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