In November 2016, we saw the introduction of a new Priority Change of Circumstances service which allowed Tier 2 and 5 A-rated sponsors to apply for faster consideration of four types of change of circumstances requests.
The service came at a price of £200 per request and reduced consideration times to 5 working days, as opposed to 18 weeks, with a caveat that they may not receive an outcome within 5 days if the request is complex or extra checks are required. The following are considered:
- In year certificate of sponsorship (CoS) allocation
- Follow on CoS allocation
- Add new Level 1 user
- Replace an authorising officer (AO)
From 1st April 2017, this service has been extended to include “Adding a Representative” and has been increased from 20 requests a day to 50 requests.
When requesting to ‘add a representative’, you can add the new representative as a new level 1 user as part of the same call. This will count as two requests and you will be charged twice, i.e. £400 for this scenario.