The work permit arrangements have today been replaced by Tier 2 of the Points Based System.

Like the work permit arrangements, Tier 2 covers skilled workers with a job offer from a UK employer. Instead of an employer making an application for a work permit, as they would have done under the old system, they will now issue ‘certificates of sponsorship’ which will enable individuals to apply for a visa.

Although many of the requirments are the same, the following are the main changes that Tier 2 has introduced:

  • Employers must have a sponsor’s licence to sponsor migrants under this Tier. Please see the Tier 2 page for more information.
  • This licence will be granted on the basis that the employer meets certain Home Office requirements on HR practices.
  • A much greater level of trust will be awarded to employers, who will issue certificates of sponsorship without certain evidence being checked by the Home Office at the time of issue (although it can be checked at any time while the person is sponsored).

Employers interested in obtaining a sponsor’s licence should contact UK Work Permits for information on how we can help. We can also help employers who have already obtained licences, to manage their affairs under the new system.

For more information about Tier 2, please visit the Tier 2 pages or contact us.