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Tier 2 Visa Extension

Tier 2 Visa Extension

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Tier 2 Visa extension

The Tier 2 Visa, the main immigration route for skilled workers who wish to live in the UK, is usually granted for an initial period of 3 years.

However, eligible visa holders may be granted further leave to remain in the UK after the expiration of their permit, provided that they apply for an extension before the termination of their current immigration status.

The lawyers at IAS are experts in Tier 2 Visa extension applications. We have worked with businesses and employees across the country to continue their employment in the UK. To find out more, call us now on 0333 363 8577 or make an enquiry online.

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How do I apply for a Tier 2 Visa extension?

You must submit your Tier 2 Visa renewal application from within the UK, and before your current visa expires.

Once your employer has agreed to extend your contract, they will need to apply for an unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

Your employer is not required to undertake a new Resident Labour Market Test before assigning you a new CoS.

What are the Tier 2 Visa renewal requirements?

Your eligibility will depend on whether you continue to meet the Tier 2 eligibility criteria under the same visa category, meaning that your role and salary must still qualify for a work permit.

As a part of your application, you will need:

  • A new Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
  • A relevant salary for your role – you will not be able to extend your visa if your salary is less than in your original application
  • Evidence of maintenance funds
  • Proof of English Language ability
  • Biometric evidence, including your fingerprints and a photo of yourself.

What is the Tier 2 Visa extension processing time?

The standard processing time for Tier 2 Visa extension applications is approximately 8 weeks. However, the Home Office may need more time to review your case if you fail to submit adequate evidence of your situation. Besides, you may need to attend an interview to confirm your eligibility.

Applicants can submit their renewal application up to 60 days before their current immigration status expires. However, if you are on a strict deadline, you can apply for the Home Office’s Super Priority Service, which will allow you to get your decision within 1 working day.

Can I apply for a UK Work Visa with a new employer?

You cannot extend your Tier 2 Visa if you are no longer employed by the same company that originally sponsored our permit.

If you wish to change your job or to work with a different employer, you need to submit a new application. to sponsor your application, your employer will need to undertake a new Resident Labour Test, and require a new CoS.

Can I apply for a Tier 2 Dependent Visa extension?

You can include your dependents on your current Tier 2 Visa as well as your extension.

If your children have turned 18 during their stay in the UK, they will need to submit a separate application.

Can I extend my status from Tier 2 to ILR?

Eligible migrants can change their immigration status from Tier 2 to Indefinite Leave to Remain when they have been in the UK for at least 5 years. You can submit your ILR application before your current Tier 2 Visa expires.

Those who hold a Tier 2 ICT Visa can apply to settle in the UK if they were granted their first leave to remain before 6th April 2010.

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Once your employer has agreed to extend your contract, they will need to apply for an unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). Your employer is not required to undertake a new Resident Labour Market Test before assigning you a new CoS.

A Tier 2 Visa extension must be applied for within three months of the new CoS being assigned or 60 days before your current leave expires, whichever is sooner.

For example, if the employer has assigned a new CoS on 28th February, the applicant will be able to apply up until 28th May.

An in-country Tier 2 Visa renewal application can be completed online. The applicant will need to show they have a CoS, relevant salary, maintenance funds and English Language ability.

The online application requires applicants to prepare their documentation before starting. New application centres opening from November 9th will allow applicants to photocopy their evidence in one session so that documents are not held by UKVI during the application.

You will also need to apply for a Tier 2 Dependent Visa extension at the same time as your extension application.

Your stay in the country on a Tier 2 Visa can last up to six years. How long you can extend your visa for depends on how long you were initially allowed to stay for.

For example, a standard Tier 2 Visa is granted for three years. This can be extended for a maximum of three more years.

The standard Tier 2 Visa processing time is within 8 weeks for in-country applications.

You may be eligible to apply through the Priority Service which could see you receive your result within 10 days, or pay extra for a same-day result.

You can include your dependents on your current Tier 2 Visa as well as your extension.

If your children have turned 18 during their stay in the UK, they will need to submit a separate application.

Applicants who are changing their role but staying with the same employer need to get a new CoS before they can submit their request.

A new Certificate of Sponsorship is required if:

  • Your core duties are changing and a new Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code applies;
  • Your new job has the same SOC code, but your salary is going to be less than the required rate (as shown by the relevant code of practice)
  • You are changing from a job which is on the Shortage Occupation list to one which is not;
  • Your pay reduces from the level indicated on your current CoS;
  • Your core duties change such that you are switching from a different job but within the same SOC code.

Eligible migrants can change their immigration status from Tier 2 to ILR when they have been in the UK for at least 5 years.

You can submit your ILR application before your current Tier 2 Visa expires.

Those who hold a Tier 2 ICT Visa can apply to settle in the UK if they were granted their first leave to remain before 6th April 2010.

The lawyers at IAS understand the importance of maintaining your employment in the UK. With lawyers across the country, we can help you with your Tier 2 Visa extension wherever you are.

Our service includes:

  • Completing application forms in full to an expert standard;
  • Reviewing the sponsoring business to ensure compliance with the Home Office;
  • Writing a detailed Letter of Representation to accompany the application;
  • Ensuring all dependents have the correct documents before submission;
  • Managing contact with the Home Office during the application;

To start your UK visa extension Tier 2 process, or to find out more about your options, call us on 0333 363 8577 or use our online enquiry form.