Undefined CoS are for individuals switching to the skilled worker category from within the UK, or applying under one of the other visa routes from within the UK or overseas.
When an organisation makes their sponsor licence application, they submit a request for undefined certificates. The application will need to include evidence to support the requested amount of CoS, although there is no cap on the number of undefined CoS that can be assigned, provided the workers are eligible under the visa route and the sponsor pays the fee to assign the CoS.
Any current allocation of unrestricted CoS on your SMS will be transferred into undefined CoS to be used as and when required. The allocated CoS will expire on the 5th April each year. Sponsors will either be asked to submit a request for a yearly allocation of new CoS, or they will be allocated a quantity automatically. It is also possible to apply for additional COS during the year.
For out of country skilled worker visa applications, (not ICT applications), sponsors will need to apply for a Defined CoS. This is a specific application to the Home Office, and details of the specific job and salary will need to be provided. If the individual is seeking to trade points because their salary does is below the standard requirement of £25,600 and the going rate, the CoS will need to explain how those points are claimed, such as whether the role is a shortage occupation, or the worker has a PhD in a relevant subject area. Applications are typically processed within a working day unless further information is requested in relation to the role, the recruitment process or the job candidate.
Sponsors make their requests using the SMS, requesting a renewal of annual allocation. In addition, the Home Office sponsor guidance, ‘Manual 8 of 12: Creating and assigning CoS’, details the steps to take to create, assign or delete individual or batch CoS.
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