The Certificate of Sponsorship is not an actual certificate or paper document but is a virtual document in the form of a database record. Each Certificate of Sponsorship has a unique reference number and contains information about the job for which it has been issued and the applicant's personal details.
It is the Sponsors responsibility to provide the applicant with:
Tier 2 Points Test
For possible entry to the UK as a skilled worker under the terms of Tier 2 (general category) it is necessary to score a minimum total of 70 points as detailed below:
You will need a job offer and a Certificate of Sponsorship from your prospective employer.
You can score up to 15 points for your qualifications (select your highest qualification and get the points shown):
You can score a maximum of 20 points for the (yearly) earnings specified in your Certificate of Sponsorship:
To gain entry into the UK under all categories of Tier 2 it is necessary to fulfill the Maintenance Requirement.This is intended to demonstrate an applicant's ability to support his or herself during the first month of residency in the UK.
To qualify at this stage, a migrant must fulfill one of the following 2 conditions:
If the applicant intends to bring his or her immediate family with them to the UK then there are additional requirements: For each dependant one of the following 2 conditions must also be satisfied:
* The financial provisions will change at the end of March 2009 when the amounts of £800 and £533 will need to have been held at all times during the preceding 3 month period.
The following forms of evidence are allowable:
In all cases the evidence should be original, should clearly relate to the applicant and should bear the issuing institution's name and logo. Statements generated electronically should bear the stamp of the relevant institution on each page
To gain entry into the UK under all categories * of Tier 2 it is necessary to fulfill the English Language Requirement. This is intended to demonstrate an applicant's ability to succeed in his or her new job and to successfully integrate into UK society.
* Please see the notes at the bottom of this page
Applicants must be able to speak English at a level that shows familiarity with everyday expressions and basic phrases. They must be able to introduce themselves to others and answer basic personal questions about themselves.
An applicant can demonstrate the necessary competence in English in one of three ways.
Nationals of the majority English-speaking countries listed below automatically meet the English Language Requirement:
Documentary evidence of nationality can be in the form of a current valid original passport or travel document, current national identity card or an original letter from the applicantš home government or embassy
An applicant may provide evidence that he or she holds a degree which:
The test certificate must have been issued by an organisation approved by the UK Border Agency.
As an example, the following test and pass mark is acceptable in the general category:
In order to sponsor applicants, an employer will need to have registered with the UK Border Agency as a Licensed Sponsor. For this registration to be accepted, the employer will need to meet certain requirements for the particular category of Tier 2 and accept certain responsibilities to help with immigration control.
The Sponsor will need to assign a Certificate of Sponsorship before an applicant can apply for leave to enter the UK or remain in the UK under Tier 2. The Certificate of Sponsorship will act as an assurance that the applicant is able to undertake a particular job and intends to do so.