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All non-EEA nationals are moved to the UK to work or study must have a sponsoring organization. Once a sponsor has been granted a sponsorship license by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), the sponsor will need to assess what type of Certificate of Sponsorship is required for the migrant – ‘restricted’ or ‘unrestricted’. Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship: This applies to all migrants applying for a visa from outside the UK. Points will be awarded based on the following: • Priority is given to those roles on the shortage occupation list. • Then to those who apply to work in a role which requires a PhD. and is in the research field. • Then to those who have carried out a resident labour market test. Note that the higher the salary, the more points will be awarded.
Unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship: Unrestricted certificates can be allocated to the following individuals: • Intra Company Transfers; • Tier 2 migrants extending their stay with their original employer; • Tier 2 migrants with valid leave extending their stay by switching to a new employer; • Those admitted in another visa category and applying to switch in-country into the Tier 2 (general) category; • Where transitional arrangements for those already in the United Kingdom as a Tier 2 migrant or work permit holder apply; • Those seeking admission to fill a vacancy attracting a salary of £150,000 or more; or • Tier 2 Sports People or Ministers of Religion.
You can read more information on the following: https://www.sponsorlicence.com/certificate-of-sponsorship/