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The Tier 2 Visa UK is the most common route for migrants to enter the country to work. This visa requires you to have been offered a job in the UK from a licenced sponsor and issued a Certificate of Sponsorship. You will also need to meet the requirements to obtain the necessary points under the Points Based System to apply for a UK Skilled Worker Visa.
Those looking to enter the country on a Tier 2 (General) Visa will need to meet the minimum salary threshold of your particular job. This is most commonly £30,000 but can vary depending on the job and the demand for Tier 2 Work Visas.
How can IAS help?
The lawyers at IAS are experienced in making Tier 2 Visa applications and have an excellent track record of positive results. After confirming that you are eligible for the relevant work visa to your job, your lawyer will advise you on how to gather the correct documents for your application.
IAS will manage your application and submit it for you, ensuring it is as thorough as possible to give you the best chance of success. To find out more about your eligibility, or to start the Tier 2 Visa application process, call us today on 0333 363 8577. You can also get in touch using our online contact form.
The Tier 2 Visa UK is part of the Points Based System (PBS) for visas which allows skilled workers to enter the country for up to five years.
This visa requires you to already have a job offer in the UK from a licenced sponsor who can provide you with a Certificate of Sponsorship. Your visa will only be valid if you continue to be employed by the company or business stated on your application.
To apply for this type of visa, you will need a job offer and a Certificate of Sponsorship. You will also need proof of your English language ability and maintenance funds. The amount of maintenance you will need to show changes if you are applying with dependents.
Your employer will also need to have completed a Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) before offering you the position. This means the job must have been advertised for at least 28 days before being made available to non-EEA migrants.
The Tier 2 (General) Visa has a minimum salary requirement which is generally held at £30,000. This threshold, however, is dependent on the job you are applying for and your level of experience. For example, the threshold for graduates is more commonly £20,800 per year.
To find out more about the minimum salary for your profession, call our expert advisers on 0333 363 8577.
For a standard three-year Tier 2 Work Visa, the government currently charges £610 for most out of country applications and £704 for in-country switching or extending.
For jobs on the Shortage Occupation List, the fees are slightly lower, at £464 for out- and in-country applications.
If you are entering the country to work, you will be entitled to bring your spouse and/or children with you on a Tier 2 Dependent Visa. The fees and maintenance requirements for your application will change with each dependent.
Spouses in the country on a Tier 2 Dependent Visa have the same rights to work as the Tier 2 Visa UK holder. However, they will not need to show that they have a job offer before making their application.
Typically, work visas are granted for three years. However, you can apply for a visa for up to five years if your company has agreed to sponsor you for that long. You can apply to renew your visa once it is set to expire but only as long as your stay totals a maximum of six years.
You can renew your Tier 2 Work Visa if you are still at the same company as in your original application. You will be able to renew your visa if your job title/description has changed as long as the Home Office were informed of these changes when they were made.
Once you have been in the UK for five years, so long as you meet the other requirements and are still working for the same company as when you arrived, you will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
One of the main requirements of the Tier 2 (General) Visa is that your employer is a licenced sponsor of Tier 2 workers. You will need to show this in your visa application and provide proof through your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).
The CoS is not a physical document but a reference number that must be included in your application.
Should your company have its Sponsor Licence revoked while you are an employee there, you will need to find a new sponsor and reapply for your visa.
If you are already in the UK on a Tier 2 Work Visa and would like to change jobs, you will need to make a fresh Tier 2 Visa application. Your new employer will also have to be a registered sponsor who is able to provide you with a new Certificate of Sponsorship.
Because of the time limits surrounding the application, it is recommended that you find another job before leaving your old one. This will allow the most time for your application to be processed.
The Tier 2 Work Visa covers a number of subcategories for different types of professionals.
There is a yearly limit to how many Tier 2 (General) Visas the government is able to grant. This is currently 20,700, separated into a monthly allowance. There are some occupations which are exempt from this cap and are recognised as in shortage by the government. They can be found on the Shortage Occupation List.
Applying for jobs on this list means applicants enjoy cheaper visa fees. They are also less likely to have their visa refused if they meet all the necessary requirements.
The importance of your career and being able to make the most of your work opportunities is something that we take seriously at IAS. Our UK-wide offices are staffed by a highly-skilled team of experienced immigration lawyers who are fully equipped to advise you on your UK immigration options.
With two offices in London, we are also one of the most respected immigration companies in the capital. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience which could help you get your Work Permit for London.
We can help you understand whether you are eligible for a Tier 2 (General) Visa, which visa type is best for you, and guide you through each stage of your visa application process.
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