Employers facing long delays in Certificate of Sponsorship allocations
It appears that the UK Border Agency are currently experiencing high volumes of requests from sponsors who have applied to renew their allocation of certificates of sponsorship for 2012-13. The annual allocation period for certificates of sponsorship ended on 5 April 2012 and any certificates remaining on the Sponsor Management System were set to zero on that date.
As a consequence, employers are finding that they cannot sponsor further migrants under the Tier 2 category until the new allocation appears on their Sponsor Management System.
We have approached the UK Border Agency to seek information in this regard and they have advised that any requests submitted before 6 April 2012 should be completed by Friday 4 May 2012.
If you are currently sponsoring an overseas worker whose leave to remain expires on or before 4 May 2012 and who requires a certificate of sponsorship in order to make an in-country application to extend their leave, please send an email to sponsorshipPBSenquiries@ukba.gsi.gov.uk, enclosing details of the sponsored worker.
It is worth mentioning that Sponsors can also opt for the new premium service which can help expedite matters. Please refer to our recent news article UKBA rolls out of Premium Service for Sponsors. However, a sponsor must undergo a compliance visit and obtain approval from the UK Border Agency before being able to sign up for this new service. Our team of experienced lawyers can assist you in this regard.
For further information on the above, please get in touch with Rahul Batra, Director and Head of Department at email@example.com or call on 020 3553 7711.