27 April 2018
Whilst the process of assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) is straightforward, it’s useful for sponsors to know what validates a CoS. If a CoS is not valid at the time the Tier 2 worker submits their visa application, the application will be refused resulting in delays to start date.
What is a CoS?
A CoS is a virtual document sponsors assign to workers they wish to sponsor via the Sponsorship Management System (SMS). When you are ready to assign the CoS, you will need to fill in a short online form which contains details of the person you will be sponsoring, details of their employment, the role and salary you are offering and whether you carried out and satisfied the Resident Labour Market Test (if no exemptions applied).
What is a “valid” CoS?
A CoS reference number will only be considered valid if:
Sponsors must also ensure that the Resident Labour Market Test is still within its validity period.
Mistakes on the CoS form
On occasions where the level 1 user has made minor mistakes on a CoS (such as misspelt name or incorrect date of birth) these can be corrected by ‘adding a sponsor note’ via the SMS. This can be only done if the employee has not submitted their visa application.