26 / 9 / 2013 8.59am
Tier 2 (General) sponsors, may have been experiencing issues with Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) applications for medical and dental practitioners. This was due to incorrect information around weekly hours which was affecting salary thresholds.
To rectify this, the Home Office has amended the Immigration Rules and Codes of Practice which come into effect on 1 October 2013.
What this means for employers
For employers sponsoring medical and dental practitioners using Tier 2 (General), the salary rates for Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes 2211 (medical practitioners) and 2215 (dental practitioners), are now based on a 40 hour week.
Likewise, for jobs falling within the SOC codes for Agenda for Change roles, the salary rates are based on a 37.5 hour week.
If you have a situation where a migrant worker has been refused Tier 2 sponsorship on this point, they should contact UK Visas and Immigration using the contact details on their refusal letter and request for their case to be reconsidered.
You can find out more about Tier 2 of the points-based system, COS and recruiting to medical and dental posts, within the Tier 2 website section.