Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) are electronic documents generated on the Sponsor Management System (SMS) after a sponsor licence is granted. They are essential for sponsoring migrant workers. There are two types of CoS under the new sponsor licence rules:
- Defined CoS:
– Required for individuals based outside the UK making an entry clearance application as a Skilled Worker.
– Sponsors can apply for a Defined CoS on the SMS, and the Home Office typically processes it within 48 hours.
– There is no longer an overall cap on the number of Defined CoS that the Home Office can grant annually.
– Individuals in the UK as visitors must apply for a Skilled Worker visa from their country of residence and need a Defined CoS.
- Undefined CoS:
– The annual allocation runs from April 6 to April 5 each year.
– Sponsors can request multiple Undefined CoS before the April 5 deadline for extending the leave of an existing employee or sponsoring someone switching visa categories.
– If the allocation is justified, it is granted from April 6.
– If sponsors miss the renewal deadline or need additional Undefined CoS during the year, they can request an increase on the SMS, providing justification.
It’s important to note that the processing time for a request to increase CoS allocation is 18 weeks. Both types of CoS play a crucial role in the sponsorship process, allowing sponsors to support migrant workers’ visa applications.