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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by PRCcap » Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:24 am

Hi,
My HR just informed them that my work permit expires in November and that perhaps we need to provide them with more information and we are ready to provide any further info and we are kindly asking to treat it as an urgent matter if possible. I need to extend my visa. So we are waiting. What did you write to them?

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by gwen3 » Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:32 am

Basically we previously applied for a visa and it got rejected as the salary was low. My employer has now change my wage to the appropriate level. So on the email, they described the job, the company's requirement, and urgently requested for a UCOS as my visa is going to end. They attached a copy of my current visa, my degree certificate, passport copy and my new contract.

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by gwen3 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:34 pm

Any changes yet PRCcap?

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by gwen3 » Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:45 pm

Just an update guys,

I received my COS allocation today the 6th of October.
We put in a request on the 14th of September, and waited till the 3rd of October till we put in an urgent appeal to the business help desk. They then expedited my allocation as my visa is bound to expire on the 21st of October 2016.

If your visa is going to end soon. DEFINITELY email the business helpdesk who will then forward your request to the licencing unit.

My sponsor and I will put in the application next week.

G

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by JG12345 » Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:22 pm

Hi I have a question

I am on a tier 2 general visa expiring soon
My employer ran out of CoS , so has asked for more and I believe this takes time.
I want to extend my visa and from your posts it seems that I require an unrestricted CoS.

I dont think my employer asked for an unrestricted one, can they ask for one now in October ?( some posts suggest April 2016 was the cut off for 2016/17)
If yes, how do they ask for one if they have never asked or got an UCoS? apparently it does not show up on the SMS.

Can I use a restricted CoS (if and when I get one)?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by JG12345 » Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:23 pm

Hi I have a question

I am on a tier 2 general visa expiring soon
My employer ran out of CoS , so has asked for more and I believe this takes time.
I want to extend my visa and from your posts it seems that I require an unrestricted CoS.

I dont think my employer asked for an unrestricted one, can they ask for one now in October ?( some posts suggest April 2016 was the cut off for 2016/17)
If yes, how do they ask for one if they have never asked or got an UCoS? apparently it does not show up on the SMS.

Can I use a restricted CoS (if and when I get one)?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by eduleal » Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:52 pm

I suggest you read the guidance for employers, as it's pretty clear.

If you require an UNRESTRICTED COS - typically for almost all cases if you apply in-country - you cannot use a restricted one. Each case will be either restricted or unrestricted and you can't use the wrong one.

The good news is that they can request additional Unrestricted COS allocation at any point in time - it normally takes between 2 days and 2 weeks and they need to make a strong case explaining why they need it. This is all done on the SMS, they just need to read the manual...

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by JG12345 » Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:06 am

eduleal wrote:I suggest you read the guidance for employers, as it's pretty clear.

If you require an UNRESTRICTED COS - typically for almost all cases if you apply in-country - you cannot use a restricted one. Each case will be either restricted or unrestricted and you can't use the wrong one.

The good news is that they can request additional Unrestricted COS allocation at any point in time - it normally takes between 2 days and 2 weeks and they need to make a strong case explaining why they need it. This is all done on the SMS, they just need to read the manual...

Thank you 'eduleal', you are spot on as per the user maual I spent (painfully) reading all night.
I just realised the Tier 2 i had was an unrestricted one (Tier- 2 switching immigration category)and as you suggested pretty much all are
My employer tells me they have asked to renew their CoS requests on the SMS, it did not seem they made any case but clicked on some allocation request option and have asked me to wait. Im guessing these were unrestricted because my employer hasnt given out any restricted ones yet.
Nevertheless, will update whenever anything comes up.

Thanks

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by PRCcap » Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:48 pm

gwen3,
Congrats!
I am still waiting, but my visa only expires in mid-November that's why I hope we will have it like you did - approx.two weeks before it expires.
So you used this email businesshelpdesk@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk right? And exactly what sort of documents did you provide? Thank you and congrats again!
BR
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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by gwen3 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:37 pm

Hello, sorry for the late reply.

So basically we sent the business helpdesk an email with the job description, my qualification and that the company have made a mistake in my last application. Additionally my sponsor attached a copy of my passport front page, visa , degree certificate and my contract that states my salary. They were really prompt in replying so it should work for you.

Just make sure that your sponsor sells you as a vital part of the company and that this role is the role is highly specialised.

G

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by gwen3 » Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:39 pm

And that's the right email address :)

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by PRCcap » Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:17 pm

Hello gwen3,
Thanks for your response!

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by hopeforall9 » Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:34 pm

Hey guys

I was just wondering what people's process times were if they applied for a renewal of an unrestricted COS allocation between mid-end of September 2016? And this is without emailing them to expedite the situation? Are people still waiting or have they been allocated their COS?

We asked for our renewal on the 27th, so it's only been two weeks since the request went in, but my company wanted me to renew end Oct/beginning of Nov and we are just concerned that it still won't be allocated at that time? So just wanted to gauge general allocation time from some people that applied for a renewal or extra around that same time (I read most cases are dealt with within 4 weeks which would be fine for us but still just curious).

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by PRCcap » Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:16 pm

Hey all,
Just to let you know My Sponsor got a UCOS on 15th of Oct, and my Sponsor applied for it on 13th of Sept. So in one month we got it. Thank you and good luck!

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by hopeforall9 » Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:39 am

Mine took exactly 4 weeks!

Here is our timeline:
requested - Tuesday 27th September
Cos allocation granted - Tuesday 25 October

I would say ATM its about 4 weeks on average for an allocation. Good luck to everyone else getting one.

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by JG12345 » Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:45 am

hopeforall9 wrote:Mine took exactly 4 weeks!

Here is our timeline:
requested - Tuesday 27th September
Cos allocation granted - Tuesday 25 October

I would say ATM its about 4 weeks on average for an allocation. Good luck to everyone else getting one.
Thanks and good luck!

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by geet_k » Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:34 am

gwen3 wrote:Hello, sorry for the late reply.

So basically we sent the business helpdesk an email with the job description, my qualification and that the company have made a mistake in my last application. Additionally my sponsor attached a copy of my passport front page, visa , degree certificate and my contract that states my salary. They were really prompt in replying so it should work for you.

Just make sure that your sponsor sells you as a vital part of the company and that this role is the role is highly specialised.

G

Hi Gwen

I am applying for a switch from Tier 4 to Tier 2 as well and my employer is dealing with such a case for the first time. They don't want to hire a lawyer either. My employer has requested for 'additional unrestricted COS' to be allocated. It's been over a week and I'm wondering if there is something I am missing. Apart from Passport and Transcript (provisional, I am still awaiting official transcript), is anything else required?

Could you also share your visa application experience? Once i get the COS number I'll need to go ahead with visa application myself. Your inputs will be helpful, many thanks!

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by Barnsbury44 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:11 pm

Hi all, just wondering if anyone has received an Unrestricted CoS in the last couple of weeks? And if yes how many weeks did it take...? I see in earlier posts they were taking around 4 weeks in October, but wondering how long they are taking in November... The application for mine has been in 4.5 weeks.

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by JG12345 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:15 pm

Barnsbury44 wrote:Hi all, just wondering if anyone has received an Unrestricted CoS in the last couple of weeks? And if yes how many weeks did it take...? I see in earlier posts they were taking around 4 weeks in October, but wondering how long they are taking in November... The application for mine has been in 4.5 weeks.
Hi
I got mine in (early) November
It took around 4 weeks

Thanks

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Re: Time to get an unrestricted Cos allocation

Post by Barnsbury44 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:40 pm

Thanks :) *I'm trying to be patient*

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