Employers, know about Tier 2 (General) interim limit

Interim limit to be replaced by permanent limit in April 2011

20th July 2010: With the coming into force of interim limit on Tier 2 (General) certificates of sponsorship, all sponsors affected by the introduction of the limit will receive a letter detailing their allocation and how it has been calculated.

The UK Border Agency has asserted that it has published guidance for the interim limit on Tier 2 (General) certificates of sponsorship, which has come into effect.

The interim limit will be replaced by a permanent limit in April 2011. `We are currently holding a consultation on the form that this permanent limit should take’, the Agency has added.

Giving details, it says: `The UK Border Agency is introducing an interim limit on applications submitted under Tier 1 (General) and Tier 2 (General) of the Points Based System.

`The aim of this limit is to achieve an overall reduction of 5 per cent in the number of applicants in these categories compared to the equivalent period last year. This interim limit will run from 19 July 2010 to 31 March 2011.

`Within Tier 2 this limit will include all Certificates of Sponsorship used under Tier 2 General, including certificates used for extension applications; will not include Tier 2 Intra-company Transfers (ICTs), Ministers of Religion or Sportspeople; and Will not include Tier 2 dependent applications.

`The interim limit will be implemented by limiting the number of Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) each sponsor can assign to migrant workers.

`All licensed Tier 2 (General) sponsors should have received a letter dated 1 July 2010 from Jeremy Oppenheim, UK Border Agency Regional Director for North East Yorkshire and the Humber, notifying them of the introduction of an interim limit on Tier 2 (General).

`From 19 July 2010 onwards Tier 2 (General) sponsors will receive a further detailed letter setting out their individual CoS allocation for the period.

`We have reserved a small number of the CoS available for exceptional cases that meet
specified criteria. You can request CoS from reserved allocation, if you are: a new sponsor licensed during the period of the interim limit; or an existing sponsor who requires additional CoS in exceptional circumstances during the period of the interim limit.

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