Going ahead and getting the certificate of sponsorship
It is a mandatory requirement of the UK PBS (Points Based System) that all non-EEA nationals coming to the UK for work or study are required to have a sponsoring organisation. This requirement means every sponsor holding a sponsorship license can apply for a number of sponsorship certificates in accordance with requirements.
Any sponsoring organisation can go on to award sponsorship certificates to all non-EEA nationals who are considered to be highly qualified and suitable. However, this will depend on whether the candidate meets the requirements of the tiered structure put in place by the immigration authorities.
The certificate of sponsorship
The certificate of sponsorship is not a physical document but a unique reference number which allows any candidate to prepare valid grounds for a visa application. Awarded by the sponsoring employer to the applicant, it is essential that the certificate of sponsorship application is completed by the employer, outlining the requisite details of the job being offered.
Candidates should note a certificate of sponsorship does not guarantee that a visa will be granted. It essentially provides a framework for all potential applicants planning to come to the UK. Possessing it means a candidate is eligible to apply for a UK visa.
Conditions attached with a certificate of Sponsorship
The certificate of sponsorship would need to fulfil certain conditions and contain certain details.
Include the same details as those on a passport.
Awarded three months prior to the date of application by the sponsor
Not withdrawn at any time by the UKBA or the sponsor.
The validity of the certificate of sponsorship expires if it not used within three months of its issue date.
Duties of a sponsor
Other than issuing a certificate, there are certain criteria a sponsor is required to fulfil.
Cooperation with the BIA