Too Many Tier 2 and Tier 5 Sponsor Applications Fall Short
Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsor licences allow organisations to recruit workers to fill positions that cannot realistically be filled by the local UK workforce. Each category has numerous sub-divisions, but in both cases the level of specialism or outstanding ability of the workers involved is a key distinction. The Tier 2 category applies specifically to skilled workers on long term contracts whilst the Tier 5 category typically is used for shorter-term placements and is often used for those undergoing training or study (e.g. Government Authorised Exchanges or the Youth Mobility Scheme).
In 2014 the number of Tier 2 sponsor applications was 8,180; that number declined in 2015 to 7,470. The corresponding figures for Tier 5 Sponsors were 715 and 665. These numbers are not spectacular in and of themselves, but it should be remembered that each accepted sponsor has the capacity to recruit many more individual employees, students etc. Many thousands of individuals may be affected by the decision to grant or refuse a sponsor licence.
High Refusal Rates
Given the significant role of Tier 2 and tier 5 licence holders the number of rejected applications is striking. In 2014, 21% of Tier 2 sponsor licence applications refused, with a further 18% deemed invalid. That equates to an attrition rate of 39%. In 2015 the corresponding figures were 19% refused and 34% invalid – a 53% failure rate! The Tier 5 figures are less dramatic, but not less eye catching: 8% refused and 26% deemed invalid in 2014. In 2015 the figures were 10% and 30%.
Such a consistently high level of failure on the part of applicants indicates the degree to which the issuing authorities maintain a high bar to entry. In particular, the high number of applications which are seen as invalid points to the rigorous standard s of documentary presentation that applicants are required to meet.
The government do offer a premium customer service scheme which is in place to assist applicants, however a headline cost of £8,000 per year may represent a significant disincentive to take up their services. The service was established in 2014 as part of a drive to attract ‘Club Class’ business to the UK. Too many applications fall short of the required submission standards – this can be easily avoided by taking well-practised guidance on all matters relating to applications for Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsor visa applications.
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