Covid-19 - Update

During this difficult period Permits2work is still open for business to help you with your Immigration needs. Our caseworkers are working from home, fully supported by our legal clerks who are still in the office.

Please call us for any assistance and please stay safe.

Certificate of Sponsorship & Resident Labour Market Test

UK organisations must follow Home Office rules when assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to a non-EEA national.

Getting this wrong can lead to automatic refusal or compliance action being taken against the sponsor.

Our corporate immigration team ensures your application is filed correctly first time, in line with published policy and guidance.

Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) in more detail

This is a virtual document, assigned by the sponsor. This contains specific details of the applicant, the role and how the requirements were met. 

A valid COS does not guarantee a successful application – an applicant must satisfy all criteria for the visa category.

Resident Labour Market Test in more detail

Tier 2 General requires a sponsor to prove why it cannot find a settled worker, unless an exemption applies (e.g. Shortage Occupation). This is the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT)

RLMT requirements can vary depending on the specific case. We advise you and manage the process to ensure compliance.

Certificate of Sponsorship Free Assessment

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If your organisation requires consultancy services on the Certificate of Sponsorship or Resident Labour Market Test process, our experts can help.