IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? U.K. Visas and Immigration has introduced a fee-based priority service for A-rated sponsors of Tier 2 and Tier 5 workers to make certain change of circumstances requests.
What does the change mean? For an additional fee, mandatory change of circumstances Sponsor Management System updates will be processed in just five working days. This add-on service applies to in-year CoS allocations, follow-on CoS allocations, addition of a new Level 1 user, or replacement of an authorizing officer. The service does not apply to restricted certificates of sponsorship.
BAL Analysis: The service benefits A-rated sponsors who are not registered as premium sponsors. Premium sponsors are already given faster consideration of changes of circumstances. Although at an added cost, the new service means that employers are able to manage their compliance obligations as a licensed sponsor with greater ease and ensure that the Sponsor Management System is more responsive to business changes and needs.
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