Tier 2 Sponsorship Licences Benefit from New Circumstance Service…

Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsorship licence A-rated companies in the UK are set to benefit from a new Priority Change of Circumstance Service introduced by UK Immigration.  Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsor companies to submit an application for four types of change of circumstance requests for faster consideration.

The UK government’s official website lists the four types of change of circumstance

  • In year, Unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) allocation.
  • Follow on Unrestricted    CoS
  • Add new Level 1 user.
  • Replace an authorising officer (AO).

You need to have unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship to employ people who are currently in the UK on Tier 2 visas. Level 1 user and authorising officer’s work in the companies and are responsible for managing the Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsorship licence system.

The government has stated that the faster consideration service is not applicable to Tier 2 ‘restricted’ certificates of sponsorship . Restricted certificates are issued to Tier 2 sponsors looking to bring Tier 2 visa holders, currently working overseas, into the UK to work on a salary less than £155,300 per year.Restricted certificates are also issued to family members or dependants of Tier 4 migrants and a limited number are made available each month.