Once the Staff Immigration Team (SIT) have approved a Certificate of Sponsorship extension application, they issue and email the CoS to the applicant together with the in-country permission to stay application guidance.
The visa applicant is also encouraged to read the Home Office's Skilled Worker 'Extend your visa' guidance and Tier 5 'Extend your visa' guidance, depending on their type of visa.
The application process, for applicants and each dependant (if applicable), is undertaken in the following stages:
1. Completing and submitting an online application
This is based on the information provided in the Certificate of Sponsorship and is similar to the initial visa application. The system is intuitive and only asks for information relevant to the application being made. SIT is happy to provide guidance, and encourages applicants to email the final draft of their application to be checked before submission. An application cannot be amended once the ‘declaration’ section has been completed; therefore, the draft should be downloaded once the ‘document’ section has been reached.
Once the visa application fees, biometric enrolment, and Immigration Health Surcharge have been paid, two .pdf documents are generated: a summary of the application and a supporting evidence checklist.
SIT does not guarantee the successful outcome of any visa application; however, checking it helps to flag any inaccuracies or potential problems.
2. Submission of supporting documents
Applicants will be directed to upload scanned copies of the supporting evidence and book an appointment to register their biometric details (fingerprints and photographs) at a Sopra Steria UKVCAS centre.
There are UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UKVCAS) Centres around the UK:
- 7 Core Service Points which offer free appointments (Belfast, Cardiff, Croydon, Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield and Solihull);
- 50+ Enhanced Service Points, which charge an additional fee; and
- 1 Premium Lounge Service Point (London). A full table of costs including additional fees can be found on the Skilled Worker costs page.
Additional information can be found on the Sopra Steria UKVCAS Website
The supporting evidence checklist provides the list of documents to scan and upload. This is done under the ‘Document upload’ section prior to the biometric enrolment appointment. Alternatively, the original documents can be taken to the appointment for uploading and scanning. Those applying at a Core Centre, as detailed at Step 3, will be charged additional costs for using the scanning service.
If any applicant requires assistance with scanning and uploading documents ahead of their appointment, or has any queries around which documents need to be submitted, they should seek support from SIT.
3. Enrolment of biometric details
Applicants must attend the appointment at their selected UKVCAS centre and provide their biometric details before a decision is made on their application. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by the responsible adult named in the child's application.
Applicants will be told what they need to take to the appointment at the time of booking. These are typically:
- Appointment confirmation;
- Passport or travel document;
- Supporting documents as stated on the document checklist (even if these have already been scanned and uploaded, it is advisable to bring the original documents along in case they need to be reviewed or re-scanned).
The Home Office will issue a decision letter via Royal Mail, and the new Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) for the applicant and each dependant are delivered by courier within 10 working days after the decision.
Further information can be found in Home Office guidance on Biometrics Residence Permits.
For more information on the visa fees and other relevant costs, please see the Skilled Worker Costs and Tier 5 Costs pages.