The UK Home Office has announced plans to offer an optional
premium service for requests made through the Sponsor Management
System (SMS). This service will allow Sponsors to pay a fee of
Ł200 for expedited processing of certain types of requests
including Certificate of Sponsorship allocation and Level 1 user
This service is being offered in an attempt to address the long
processing times that many Sponsors have experienced when making
routine requests through the SMS. In some instances, the Home
Office has estimated as long as 18 weeks for the processing of
requests. Such long wait times can be extremely burdensome on
Sponsors who hope to hire recruits from outside of the UK to meet
immediate staffing needs.
The law creating this new premium service will go into effect
next month. From there, the Home Office will work toward
implementation, but a specific timeline for when the service will
be available to SMS users has not yet been announced. We will
provide additional information when it becomes available.
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