Tier 2 Change of Employment Process

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If you are a current Tier 2 General Visa holder and you are looking to change your employment position and employer, there are options available for you.

If you want to change your employer while on a Tier 2 Visa, you must ensure that your new employer is on the UK Sponsor Licence Register and is, therefore, able to legally hire migrant workers. It is also worth noting that any new job you apply for will most likely be subject to the Resident Labour Market Test. This means it will be advertised for a total of 28 days before it can be offered to Tier 2 Visa holders. Because of this, it is probably wise to plan your move while you are still with your current employer.

Switching employers while on a Tier 2 Visa is a very complicated process. Seeking the advice of the experienced immigration lawyers at IAS can help you successfully deal with the challenges a Tier 2 change of employment can bring. They will ensure that your new employer can officially sponsor you and make sure that any possible issues are considered before proceeding with your application. Get in touch today for personal, specialised assistance with your Tier 2 Visa changes. Read More


What is the Tier 2 Change of Employment process?

Even if the time on your current Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) has not run out, you will still need to make a new application for a Tier 2 Visa.

This means any new job you apply for will be subject to the Resident Labour Market Test and advertised for a total of 28 days before it can be offered to Tier 2 Visa holders. Because of this, it is recommendable to plan your move while you are still with your current employer.

The new company will also have to be in possession of a Sponsorship Licence to give you a new Certificate of Sponsorship. Unlike your first application, you will not need evidence such as proof of English Language.

The in-country application process should make your application smoother as well, particularly if you are able to use the Same-Day Premium Service.

What happens during the Tier 2 Change of Employer transition period?

You will need to agree on a new start date with your new employer. Assuming there is still time on your first visa you can then continue working at your old job until the start date on your new CoS.

What if I have dependents?

As you change job it is important to reassess what that means for the rest of your family.

A new Tier 2 Visa means any family members currently in the UK with their visas contingent on yours will also have to reapply.

A person re-applying for a new Dependent Visa does not need to leave the UK and may also apply for Same-Day Premium Service.

What are the costs of a Tier 2 change of employment process?

Making a new application will incur costs as your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) will have expired.

You will need to have either applied for or obtained a new one before this before you can start your new job and remain in the UK.

Depending on your circumstances there may also be an another Immigration Healthcare Surcharge.

How can IAS help?

Changing employers can already come with its own challenges and doing this in another country can be even more difficult. It is vital that everything is done by-the-book when it comes to applying for a new Tier 2 Change of Employment Visa. Any periods of overlap/overstay will count against you if you are planning on applying to settle in the UK someday.

Understanding this, we have a number of services that can help put your mind at ease, guiding you through the process of changing employers while holding a Tier 2 Work Visa.

Our expert lawyers will ensure that you have filled your new application out correctly within plenty of time. We will investigate the sponsorship status of your next employer to ensure that your Tier 2 Change of Employment application process runs smoothly. This will make sure that any plans for future settlement in the UK are not jeopardised.

Our services include:

  • advising on if the prospective job vacancy passes the Resident Labour Market Test
  • confirming that your documents are satisfactory for your application;
  • organising and liaising with your Tier 2 UK Sponsor;
  • ensuring you receive your Certificate of Sponsorship;
  • completing your application form in an experienced and professional manner;
  • preparing the details and merits of your case in a Letter of Representation to accompany your application. This will also include reference to relevant UK immigration laws to help your case; and
  • liaising with the Home Office while your application is processed.

Get in touch today to receive assistance from one of our lawyers for your Tier 2 Change of Employment application.

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