Tier 2 sponsors who have not already done so should ensure they complete the annual allocation renewal process as soon as possible. This means telling the Home Office through the sponsor management system how many unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship you expect to need from 6 April 2018 to 5 April 2019.

When making the request, you should consider:

  1. How many of your sponsored workers will need to renew their visas during this period.
  2. How many Tier 4 graduates you expect to recruit this year.
  3. Whether you expect to recruit any other migrants who are already in the UK and who will require sponsorship.

Remember new recruits from outside the UK will require a restricted Certificate and should not be included in this exercise.

In our experience, the number of certificates for intra-company transferees will normally be set automatically by the Home Office, but you may also wish to review this.

It is possible to apply during the year for an increase in your annual allocation, but it is better if you can anticipate your needs at the outset.