The UKBA has announced on its website that from 1 October 2011 it will be introducing changes to the sponsorship management system (SMS) which will affect the way sponsors apply for restricted certificates of sponsorship (RCoS) in tier 2 general.

Transitional arrangements will be put in place to move from the current online application process to the SMS. This will affect the way applications for restricted certificates of sponsorship are made between 6 September and 9 October 2011. These arrangements will also affect the dates by which restricted certificates of sponsorship granted prior to 30 September 2011 should be assigned.

For more information on the changes and details of the key dates, please click here.