With effect from 6 January 2013, Tier 2 sponsors began receiving notification from the UKBA that they can apply for the next annual allocation of certificates of sponsorship.

The current certificate of sponsorship allocation for sponsoring organisations will expire on 5 April 2013. Sponsors will therefore be unable to assign new certificates of sponsorship from 6 April 2013 unless their allocation request has been processed by the Border Agency.

Sponsors are advised to submit their allocation requests early.