The most important aspect of getting yourself a Tier 2 Visa UK and fulfil your dreams of living and working in the UK, is the Tier 2 Sponsor, as explained by our niche UK Tier 2 Visa consultant in Mumbai.

To be eligible for a Tier 2 visa, you must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from an employer who possesses something known as the Tier 2 Sponsorship license. Your potential employer must assign your Certificate of Sponsorship through online Sponsor Management System account. In order for an employer to be your Tier 2 Sponsor, they must have access to the Sponsor Management System (SMS) as a level 1 User. Level 2 users can only assign something known as an unrestricted CoS. They can then provide you with the certificate number which you will have to submit along with your visa application.

In this second edition of our Certificate of Sponsorship guide, we bring to you the 2 different types of CoS in order for you to have a better understanding of which one you require for your Tier 2 Visa.

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Types of UK Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship:

A Certificate of Sponsorship can be one of the 2 types: restricted or unrestricted. All prospective employees that are based outside the UK will need a restricted certificate of sponsorship unless they are to be paid a salary of £159,600 a year or more.

  • The Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship: These are for prospective employees who are based outside the UK, and planning to work in the UK for a salary of £159,600 a year, or the employment post is an ‘inward investment post’ (Contact TheSmartMove2UK for more details). There is a monthly allocation meeting for this type of Certificate and an annual cap of 20,700. Prospective employees that are based in the UK and are eligible to change status to a Tier 2 visa do not come under the Tier 2 Visa Cap and usually do not need a restricted COS.
  • The Unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship: These are assigned to prospective employees who are already in the UK on a valid UK Visa (dependent family members of Tier 4 visa holders are not included) or are outside of the UK and are to be paid a salary of £159,600 a year or more, or will be employed for an inward investment post.

An allocation meeting is conducted once a month for restricted COSs (eleventh day of each month), and an annual cap of 20,700 is divided into 12 monthly caps. Your employer must apply on or before the 5th of the month.

The Tier 2 Visa provides an ocean of opportunities right at your fingertips. All you have to do is make the right decisions at the right time, like choosing the Tier 2 Visa Consultant in Mumbai to advice you on the best possible path for your journey to a life in the UK.

The SmartMove2UK is a niche immigration law firm specializing in UK Visas. Book an appointment with one of our experts for a hassle free, start-to-finish walk-through of your UK Visa application process.

If you have any comment or want to know anything about the UK Tier 2 Visa or Certificate of Sponsorship then you can call our immigration expert in Mumbai or you can also connect with us on

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