buy Certificate Of Sponsorship
These are for people applying on a Skilled Worker visa from outside the UK.
You must apply for defined certificates for these workers through the sponsorship management system (SMS). You’ll get access to the SMS when you get your licence.
When you get the certificate
Applications are usually approved within one working day. It may take longer if UKVI need to carry out further checks on the information in your application.
Defined certificates will appear in your SMS account once they have been approved. You can then assign them to a worker.
The Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) plays an important role when recruiting workers under UK sponsored work visa routes.
Before an employer can sponsor a migrant worker, they must assign a Certificate of Sponsorship to confirm that the conditions of the relevant visa have been met. The worker then uses the CoS to make their sponsored visa application to the Home Office.
Strict conditions and timings apply when assigning the CoS, which employers must be aware of and comply with. There are also two different classes of CoS, and employers must ensure that in each instance, they are using the correct type of CoS in the correct way.
There is a lot to consider when issuing the CoS and any errors can result in a refused visa application for the worker, and Home Office enforcement action against the employer, such a sponsor licence downgrade, suspension or even revocation.
What is a Certificate of Sponsorship?
A Certificate of Sponsorship is a reference number given to a sponsored work visa applicant by their proposed sponsor. It is an electronic record rather than a physical document.
The CoS is a mandatory pre-requisite for visa applications in the Worker and Temporary Worker categories, for example Skilled Worker, Senior or Specialist Worker and Scale Up Worker routes.
By assigning a CoS to an individual, the sponsor is confirming to the Home Office that proposed employment conditions comply with the requirements of the relevant visa route.
A number of strict rules apply with regards to issuing the CoS. For example, the CoS must be used by the worker to make their visa applicant within 3 months of being issued. The worker cannot, however, apply for their visa more than 3 months before the start date of the job listed on the CoS.
Types of Certificate of Sponsorship
Following changes to the Immigration Rules in December 2020, there are now two types of Certificate of Sponsorship – ‘defined’ and ‘undefined’ certificates of sponsorship.
Defined certificates of sponsorship (formerly ‘restricted certificates’) are issued to Skilled Worker visa applicants applying from overseas. For this type of certificate, employers apply through the Sponsorship Management System (SMS) when they have gained their sponsor licence.