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The way you apply for RCoS is all set to change

UKBA to introduce changes to SMS; will affect the way you apply for RCoS
11th August 2011: The way you apply for restricted certificates of sponsorship (RCoS) in Tier 2 General is all set to change.
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The UKBA has asserted that on 1 October 2011 it will be introducing changes to the sponsorship management system (SMS), which will affect the way you apply for RCoS in Tier 2 General.

The changes will allow you to use your sponsorship management system account to: submit applications for restricted certificates of sponsorship; withdraw applications for restricted certificates of sponsorship; track the progress and outcome of your applications for restricted certificates of sponsorship; base a new application for restricted certificates of sponsorship on the details submitted in a previous application; and view your restricted certificates of sponsorship allocation including the number of restricted certificates of sponsorship assigned.

The UKBA said: `There will be transitional arrangements for moving from the current on-line application process to sponsorship management system, which will affect the way you make an application for restricted certificates of sponsorship between 6 September 2011 and 9 October 2011.

The transitional arrangements will also affect the dates by which restricted certificates of sponsorship granted prior to 30 September 2011 should be assigned.’

The Agency added: `If you are granted a restricted certificate of sponsorship, but you do not assign it before 1 October 2011, you will not be able to assign it without taking further action to reclaim it using the sponsorship management service.

`Therefore, if you are granted a restricted certificate of sponsorship prior to 1 October we strongly advise that you assign it before this date to avoid unnecessary delays. We also advise that, if you do not wish to assign a restricted certificate of sponsorship until after 11 November 2011, you should not submit your application until after 9 October 2011’.

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