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Interim limit panel arrangements for March and April 2011
02 March 2011
The monthly panel meeting to consider applications for certificates of sponsorship (CoS) under the Tier 2 General interim limit will take place on 4 March 2011. Valid applications that were received by us on or before the 1 March 2011 will be considered at the 4 March panel and all sponsors who have made such an application will be notified of the outcome by 11 March 2011.
You can continue to use the existing CoS (AR) form after 1 March 2011 to apply for certificates of sponsorship for extensions of Tier 2 (General) or work permit leave where the leave expires before the proposed introduction of the permanent limit on 6 April 2011.
We will no longer accept applications made on the CoS (AR) form after 1 March for new jobs or for switching into Tier 2 (General).
From 6 April 2011 we propose to make changes to the Tier 2 eligibility criteria and also introduce an annual limit on migrant numbers. Further details of the limit and what will be included can be found in the see also section.
Please note that any certificates of sponsorship issued under the interim limit that are not assigned by you to a migrant prior to 6 April 2011 will be cancelled.