The Home Office has confirmed that following the decision to remove doctors and nurses from the Tier 2 cap, sponsors can assign unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) for these role, even if the migrant has been recruited from outside the UK. The category “New Hires - Doctors/Nurses/High Value/Inward Investment should be selected.

If a sponsor does not have sufficient unrestricted CoS to assign, then for a limited period of approximately three months it is possible to go through the old restricted CoS request system. In this case the CoS awarded will not count towards the quota. However this arrangement is only temporary and organisations sponsoring migrants in SOC codes 2211 and 2231 should lodge requests now to increase their annual CoS allocation if required.