10 January 2018

UNITED KINGDOM: Monthly allocation of Tier 2 General oversubscribed

Since the monthly migration cap was introduced in 2011 this is the second time that the monthly allocation of the Tier 2 General restricted certificates of sponsorship (RCoS) has been exceeded.  Therefore the minimum required score was increased for the month of December which resulted in a high number of RCoS requests to be rejected and 91 RCoS were taken from the January 2018 allocation.

Only the Tier 2 General applications from outside the UK were affected. Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfers (ICTs) and graduates switching to Tier 2 and Tier 2 Changes of Employment were not affected.


The annual allocation under the Tier 2 scheme is 20,700 RCoS which is divided into monthly allocations.  Monthly allocations are not divided evenly, they are higher earlier in the year to ensure enough RCoS are available in the summer period when demand is high.  Should allocations be undersubscribed in any month the additional surplus is carried forward to the following month.  When demand is higher than supply a points threshold is then used whereby applications are awarded points based on salary and occupation.

How does this affect the client?

With the reduction of 91 RCoS taken from the January cap there is a possibility that applications will be rejected for lower paid jobs again.  Affected employers should be prepared for this possibility and consult their immigration specialist for advise on reapplication. 


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