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Find if the company is already registered as a Sponsor? If so there is no need for new registration, just to get the Unrestricted COS.6pandn21 wrote:Hello folks,
I recently got a job offer from a small employer and they are willing to apply for my work permit as well and I had some questions I would be grateful if I got some answers on.
I am currently in a PSW which ends by the first week of February. The company does not yet have a COS but are willing to move right on it after I start this week. From an older post I found out that the steps involved are:
1. Company applies for a new licence with 1 un-restricted COS.
2. Assigns the unused COS for my application (As I am in PSW, my understanding is I do not need to pass the RLMT). My confusion in this step is how is this assigning done?.
3. I submit my application with the COS ref. no in the application form for UKBA consideration.
Now I know time is very limited and with the holidays coming, it will almost surely make things worse. But I really had no option as I needed to get a job first to even think about it. And from the forum, I gathered it could take from 3 weeks to 3 months for the COS application.
And I am assuming I won't be able to submit my own Tier 2 application until I know whether the company gets the COS? Is there some sort of premium service where the company pays higher fee for faster service?
And I and the company are thinking of doing it all on our own. Is it a good idea or do you think using an agent is a must and/or makes things faster?
I will hugely appreciate any information provided. Thank you very much for your time.[/i]