Existing allocations will expire on 5 April 2015 and before that date businesses should consider their sponsorship requirements for the upcoming year. Companies will need a CoS for any existing sponsored employees whose visa is due to expire, for any existing employees they may wish to sponsor to remain in the UK, for any potential migrant workers they may wish to hire with salaries over £150,000 per year and for any employees based abroad they may wish to bring to the UK in the next twelve months on a short or long term basis.
In the last 12 months we have seen a change in approach from the Home Office when dealing with these requests. Previously most applications were granted without further enquiries. However, in recent months, the Home Office has been asking for further information about the potential roles that the certificates will be used for.
When considering the number of certificates required, we recommend providing the Home Office with as much detail as possible. This can include details of the roles that will be filled by migrant workers, the salaries that the migrant workers will be paid and details of any employees who will need to have their visas extended.
If a company misses the deadline for requesting an annual allocation, or not enough certificates are granted, the company can make a further request at any stage during the course of the next 12 months. There is no application fee for requesting a CoS, but processing times can vary and we recommend applying as soon as a potential need is identified.
If you are looking for assistance with a renewal request or you are considering applying to become a licensed sponsor to allow you to sponsor migrant workers, please contact me on the details below.