how to get COS for skilled worker visa

How to get COS for the UK Skilled worker visa


Getting sponsored (Getting sponsor is Magnific responsibility)

  • You need to be employed by a licensed sponsor to apply to live in the UK.
  • Your sponsor checks that you can do the job they’re hiring you and if it qualifies you for a visa. They’ll assign you a certificate of sponsorship to prove this.

To be able to work and live in the UK, you need to secure a job from a company that has a sponsor licence to bring in skilled workers from outside the UK. You’ll be assigned a certificate of sponsorship as evidence that your employer/ sponsor confirms you qualify and can effectively carry out the job you are applying for or they are hiring for. You will be given all the information you’ll need to apply from your sponsor.

How long does it take to get a Tier 2/skilled worker visa?

For applicants applying from outside of the UK, your Tier 2 visa application can be put in 3 months before you are to resume work in the UK. Your resumption date can be found on your certificate of sponsorship. If you are applying from outside of the UK, it is possible to get a decision on your Tier 2 visa application within 3 weeks.

How long can I stay in the UK on a Tier 2 visa/ skilled worker visa?

When you come into the UK on a Tier 2 visa, you can stay for up to 5 years, or the amount of time given on your work contract, this can be found on your certificate of sponsorship (maximum of 5 years). You can come into the UK 14 days earlier than your start date on your certificate of sponsorship.

How long it will take

  • The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you’re due to start work in the UK. The date you can start is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.
  • You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.
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