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Thanks for your reply.
I'm afriad that you're right in that they have limited the persons who can now apply in country to swtich to Tier 1 to the extent so that PSW persons are no longer permitted to swtich in to Tier 1.
This means that if you wish to extend your stay here then you will have to do so by securing a certificate of sponsorship from your employer. They are still allowed to sponsor you but the difference is that instead of being allocated a number of persons which they are permitted to sponsor they now have to apply directly to the UKBA for sponsorship in respect of each individual they wish to sponsor.
Here is the details on how sponsorship as an employer works:-
You need to speak with your employer about arranging for them to sponsor you so that you can apply for a Tier 2 (General) Skilled worker visa before you current visa expires. Unless you marry a person with UK citizenship or ILR this is the only way you can stay in the UK and work
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Thanks I will provide details shortly.
Can you please also provide me with the job role you are doing and will be doing, this needs to be on the job in shotage occupation list.
The is a general limit of 22 700 new applications (including both in country and out of country), the amount of people that each company can apply for is to be referenced against the amount they sponsored for the previous year.
So if your company sponsored 10 people last year then they will probably be permitted to sponsor a further ten this year. However, this is a rough estimate and it is discretionary and the UKBA will judge each case on it's merits
That jobs not on the jobs in shortage occupation list. This means that your company will have to apply the Resident Labour Market Test showing that there are no suitable settled workers or nationals of the EEA that are available to do the job.
All the details on how your company can apply to become your sponsor are contained here:-
It may be that if you company is not willing to devote the resources to reading through the above and making the applicaiton that you will have to offer to do this, probably in your free time.
You will also have to make sure you are eligible under the points based system for a Tier 2. You must have a degree:-
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You application should take around 4-6 weeks to be determined by the UKBA and you will have to have a certificate of sponsorship before you apply. I would think that by your company applying 4 months in advance would be sufficient. There can be no harm in your talking about it now though, if they say they can't then you can look for another sponsor.
The points are contained in the last link to the my most recent post. They are too detailed to go through in a reply to this thread.
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