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UNITED KINGDOM: Tier 2 Certificates of Sponsorship Expire on April 5, 2015

The Home Office has been sending out reminders about the expiration of Tier 2 certificates of sponsorship (CoS) on April 5, 2015. There is a three-month window in which to submit a request for an annual certificate allocation for the period April 6, 2015, to April 5, 2016. These requests can be submitted now. These notifications are sent annually to the Authorising Officer and it is important to watch for the emails sent from no-reply@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. Sometimes these emails go into a spam or junk folder, so this should be checked. The Home Office is advising sponsors to submit their requests sooner rather than later to ensure that they are allocated their new CoS allowances by April 6, when their existing certificates will have expired.

A change in process this year will affect some sponsors. The Home Office is automatically allocating a fresh batch of CoS for some sponsors with established businesses and/or who have had a Home Office audit. It will therefore be necessary to check the Sponsor Management System to find out whether the sponsor has been allocated the CoS automatically. If this is the case, the sponsor will not need to take any further action.

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