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Archive for May, 2011

May 6th, 2011

Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsors

The Highly Trusted sponsor licence is a new category awarded to Tier 4 sponsors which have a track record of recruiting genuine students who comply with the UK’s immigration rules.

All sponsors under the Tier 4 of the points-based system will receive an ‘A’ or ‘B’ rating when completing a successful sponsorship licence application. The Highly Trusted sponsor category is a further segmentation of the sponsor rating system. It is designed to identify sponsors who have the highest levels of compliance with their sponsor obligations, and those students show the greatest compliance with the terms of their visa or permission to stay.

Highly Trusted sponsors must meet the UK Border Agency criteria when holding a Highly Trusted sponsor licence. When sponsors have successful achieved Highly Trusted Sponsor status there will be greater flexibility, more privileges, and new services available to them.

A Highly Trusted sponsor licence is valid for a period of 1 year, which must be renewed to continue holding the Highly Trusted sponsor status.

May 6th, 2011

The First Monthly Approved Certificates Of Sponsorship

The first allocation of restricted Tier 2 (General) certificates of sponsorship under the new immigration limit, took place on 11 April 2011. Over 1,000 certificates of sponsorship were granted in April 2011.

All valid applications scoring at least 32 points received by 6 April 2011 were successful.

There were over 3,000 certificates of sponsorship carried over to May 2011. Each month any certificates of sponsorship that have not been allocated will be carried over to the following month.

The permanent limit on migration through Tier 2 (General) was introduced on 6 April 2011.