Includes refined criteria 2nd November 2010: The UK Border Agency has revised its guidance for Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsors to include the refined criteria.
It has already published refined criteria which will be applied to Tier 2 (General) sponsors’ requests for additional certificates of sponsorship.
The criteria have been refined to give sponsors greater certainty, by ensuring all requests will be approved if they relate to an extension for a work permit holder or Tier 2 (General) worker already employed by a sponsor.
The UK Border Agency asserted: `The refined criteria will also help us to meet the ongoing recruitment needs of sponsors while maintaining the overall interim limit for Tier 2 (General) applications, which was introduced in July 2010.
`Requests for additional certificates of sponsorship are considered by a panel of UK Border Agency managers, who normally meet on the first working day of each month. Because of the introduction of the refined criteria, the November panel will be delayed until 12 November.
`This delay will allow us to gather further information in advance of the November panel from sponsors who have submitted a COS(AR) request form. If further information is needed, the sponsor will shortly receive a letter detailing the information that they should supply.
`We will consider urgent cases outside the monthly panel for those sponsors whose applications cannot wait until 12 November. For example, where an existing employee’s leave is due to expire before 19 November’.