Visa sponsorship Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a Sponsorship visa last?

Tier 2 visas can last either two, three or five years.

What is the cost?

The Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) will cost £199, once it has been granted. If you need a Sponsorship License, this will cost £536. Under proposals by the government, a skills charge of £364 per year will apply to each worker. This regulation is due to come into effect in April 2017.

Is there a minimum salary?

The minimum salary threshold is currently £25,000 per anum. This is due to increase to £30,000 from April 2017.

Can the candidate work through timesheets?

No, candidates need to be taken onto a full-time contract at the school. Our standard introduction fees will apply.

How long does it take?

It can take up to 8 weeks for a Sponsorship Licence to be granted. Requests for Certificate of Sponsorship need to be submitted by the 5th of each month.

Decisions on whether they have been granted are made by a panel on the first working day after the 10th of each month. The certificate is then granted before the next panel meeting (within one month). On receiving a CoS, teachers may then apply for their visas up to 3 months before the day they’re due to start work in the UK. The processing time for the visa is between 2-3 weeks.

The teacher needs to arrive in the country 10 days prior to the start of their employment with the school.

Are all applications successful?

No. The Tier 2 visa works on a quota system. On occasion, if the quota limit is reached, then no more visas will be allocated that month. In the unlikely event that your application is unsuccessful, you will not be charged and you can resubmit your application the following month.

What Next?

If you are interested in seeing the current selection of teachers available for sponsorship, contact your consultant today to discuss your vacancy. Your consultant can provide you with a selection of relevant CVs and arrange Talking CVs and Skype interviews as required.

If you would simply like to discuss the process in greater detail please contact your consultant who will be able to provide further information.