The UKBA recently issued revised guidance for registered Tier 2 (General) sponsors on applying for a renewal of their annual CoS allocation under the interim immigration limits. Most sponsors can ignore the CoS renewal date entered on the SMS and ignore any reminders from the UKBA to renew their annual CoS allocation.

Under the interim limit on Tier 2 CoS numbers that the coalition government introduced on 19 July 2010, many sponsors were given a reduced interim CoS allocation that expires on 31 March 2011. This date will not currently be reflected on the SMS though, so sponsors may still receive emails asking them to apply for a renewal of their CoS allocation before March.

The UKBA has now decided to input into the SMS a nominal renewal date of 7 November 2011 for all Tier 2 (General) CoS allocations, although the actual renewal date will remain 31 March 2011.

As a result, employers may find themselves in one of the following situations:

  • Those who have received an email reminder to renew their Tier 2 (General) allocation can ignore that email.
  • For those who have already requested a renewal of their Tier 2 (General) allocation and the request is still pending, that request will be dealt with by the UKBA in the normal way.
  • Those who did not receive an interim allocation because their annual allocation had expired by 19 July 2010, will have their allocation set to zero.