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Tier 2 Work Visa

UK Immigration under the Points Based System

Apply for a Tier 2 General Visa

The Tier 2 General visa is a work visa for individuals who are highly skilled to have the opportunity to work and settle in the UK. To be eligible to apply for a Tier 2 General Visa you must have a job offer with a Certificate of Sponsorship issued by an employer that holds a Tier 2 Sponsorship license.

A Tier 2 General visa can be valid for a maximum period of 5 years and 14 days, or the time given on your Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) plus 1 month, whichever is shorter. Your stay must start no more than 14 days before the start date on your Certificate of Sponsorship.

Your partner and any children under the age of 18 may accompany you as your dependents.  

You can extend your stay on a Tier 2 General Visa. But the maximum period you can stay on a Tier 2 General Visa is 6 years.

You can settle permanently in the UK after being in the Tier 2 General category for five years. Your 5 years residency period for settlement can be combined with any stay you may have had on a Tier 1 visa.

There is a ‘cooling off period’ that you may be subject to if you have held a Tier 2 General visa and that ends, you apply from overseas. You will not normally be able to apply to re-enter the UK in this category from overseas during this period.

You can switch into the Tier 2 General immigration category if you are already in the UK under Tier 1, 2, or 4 of the point-based system.

Requirements for a Tier 2 General Work Visa

You will need to meet certain requirements to apply for a Tier 2 General visa with the UKVI:

  • Have a job offer in the UK from an employer that holds a Tier 2 Sponsor License
  • The role you are applying for must be at least at graduate level
  • The job must be on the Home Office’s Appendix J; Codes of Practice for Skilled Work or on the Shortage Occupation List
  • Your salary should be a minimum salary of £30,000 (£20,800 for new entrants) or the minimum for the exact job you are doing, whichever is higher
  • The job offer is a genuine vacancy and you are appropriately qualified for  the job
  • Your employer may have to conduct a Resident Labour Market Test 
  • You will need to have a minimum of B1 Level English proficiency
  • You will need to show evidence of being able to support yourself, and dependents, if relevant

Switch to Tier 2 Work Visa from inside the UK

If you are currently in the UK as a Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer (ICT) migrant, you will only be able to switch into the Tier 2 General category if your Tier 2 ICT visa was granted before 6th April 2010 and you are applying to change sponsor, or you have leave under the Tier 2 ICT: Established staff category granted before 6th April 2011 and are applying to change sponsor.

If you are currently in the UK as a Tier 4 General Student, you will need to have either completed and passed your degree level course or be applying no more than 3 months before the expected completion date, in order to be eligible to switch into the Tier 2 General category.

You can include guaranteed allowances to demonstrate that you meet the minimum salary criteria, as long as they would also be paid to a settled worker.

You must not own more than 10% of the shares of the company sponsoring you. This is unless your gross salary is £159,600 or more.

In most cases you will only be able to work for your Sponsor. Although you may be able to do some additional part time work in certain circumstances.

If you will be working in certain health, education or social work professions you may need to provide a criminal record certificate from any country that you have lived in for 12 months or more in the last 10 years.

Requirements to switch to a Tier 2 General Visa 

Your Sponsor will need to show that there is no suitable settled worker to fill the role. In most cases, they will need to prove that they have undertaken a genuine ‘Resident Labour Market Test’. This normally means that they have advertised the role for at least 28 days in two places and no suitable settled worker has applied.

A Resident Labour Market Test is not required in cases where the job is on the Shortage Occupation List. Or if you will be a high earner (annual salary of £159,600 or more). If you are switching from a Tier 4 General Student visa then your employer will usually be exempt from the Resident Labour Market Test.

You will need to be competent in the English language to at least CEFR Level B1. This is equivalent to IELTS 4.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. You should have enough additional money to support yourself without relying on public funds.

What we can do for you for a successful visa

We will provide a Person & Country Specific Document Checklist so that you can gather the required documents according to your circumstances, so that you have the best chance of success for yourTier 2 General Work Visa application.

We are able to explain and guide you on how to meet each of the specific requirements for a Tier 2 General Visa & help you to switch to Tier 2 Visa. 

Submitting the right documents in support of your application is vital so that you have the best possible application. 

It is our job to complete your application forms and also submit the application. This also includes advice on the Biometrics appointment. 

Our aim is to submit your appliaction smoothly and in addition provide up to date information at all times. This way you do not need to keep up to date with the UKVI changes.

We remain available during and after the submission of your application and until a decision comes through.

A legal representation letter is vital and will support your application.

We will work hard and diligently and advise you fully on your application. This ensures you have the best chance of success.

Contact us to apply for a UK Work Visa

Why not give us a call and discover that we are the best Immigration Lawyers in London. We can handle your Tier 2 General Visa / Work Visa / Work Permit. Our clients come from all over the world. So if you are not in London do not worry, we can assist you wherever you are in the world. GSN Immigration has helped clients for UK Visas from all over the world. The country list includes Russia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Tanzania, Morocco, Iran, Egypt, USA, Canada, Italy, Nigeria, Brazil, Columbia, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Vietnam, China to name a few.

We have assisted many clients to apply for Tier 2 General Visa in the UK. We can assist you also with your Tier 2 General Visa / Work Visa / Work Permit application.

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