After removal of the sponsor licence, colleges or universities are not permitted to sponsor any new overseas students or employees.
However, it does not affect existing sponsored workers and students until a final decision is made in regards to the status of the sponsor licence by the Home Office.
If the CAS was issued before the licence was removed, the applicant’s visa application will be put on hold until a final decision is made. The same will apply for applicants who applied for an extension.
If the CoS was issued before the licence was removed, the applicant’s visa application will be put on hold until a final decision is made. The same will apply for applicants who applied for an extension.
The college or university cannot issue a new CoS or CAS after the removal of their sponsor licence.
In surprising news the UK Border Agency apologised for an error they made in regards to our client’s application and reversed their decision without the need for an appeal and court fees. They wrongly refused the company’s Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship for spurious reasons in October 2012 which our Senior Solicitor furiously contested. The caseworker was then left red-faced when our client received an email from the UK Border Agency confirming the decision had been made in error. This sets a good precedent for consistency in Tier 2 decisions and demonstrates our proven track record of obtaining Tier 2 Sponsor licences for our corporate clients.