Certificate of Sponsorship


The University of Nottingham is licensed to issue Certificates of Sponsorship under Tiers 2, 4 and 5.

What is a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)?

A certificate of sponsorship is not an actual certificate or paper document, but is a unique reference number, which holds information about the job and your personal details.

The University (as your sponsor) will give you your certificate of sponsorship reference number, together with some of the information they used to assign the certificate for you to use the point-based calculator and apply, for example, the wage of the job.

Having a certificate of sponsorship alone does not mean you will be successful in applying to come or stay in the UK. You must meet the requirements of the tier and category you are applying under as well

What is a live Certificate of Sponsorship?

Sponsors assign certificates using the sponsorship management system, and you can only have one live certificate of sponsorship in the system at any one time. A live certificate of sponsorship is one that the sponsor has assigned to you, but that you have not used yet to apply.

If you have given your personal details to a prospective sponsor and that sponsor assigns a certificate of sponsorship to you, then no other sponsor can assign a certificate of sponsorship to you during the time the certificate gives you permission to come or stay. So it is very important that you only give your personal details to a sponsor you intend to work for.

What your Certificate of Sponsorship must show

Your certificate of sponsorship must:

  • have the same details as in your passport
  • be assigned to you by your sponsor no more than three months before the date you apply
  • has not been withdrawn by your sponsor or us.

The certificate of sponsorship will run out if it is not used by you to apply within three months of the sponsor assigning it to you. If you apply using a certificate of sponsorship that has run out, your application will be refused. You must get a new certificate of sponsorship from your sponsor.



Last edited Aug 01, 2016