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Tier 2 Skilled Workers

The Tier 2 visa is the main immigration route for skilled workers coming to the UK to take up employment, which cannot be filled by the resident workforce.  The employer needs to carry out the resident labour market test (unless an exemption applies) to show that a settled worker cannot fill the position, which will normally involve advertising the role in the UK for a set period of time. Once the employer has met this requirement, they will be permitted to bring in a worker from outside the EEA.

The UKVI must be satisfied that you are being sponsored to undertake a genuine role and are appropriately qualified and capable to undertake the role. In order to assess this, the UKVI may request further information from you or your sponsor.

The starting point is that you need to have a job offer and a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid Tier 2 sponsor licence.

Tier 2 has 4 categories:

1. Tier 2 (General) visa

You can apply under this route if you have been offered a skilled job by a licensed sponsor.

There are 4 key requirements for this visa:

  • Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS): This is not a physical document but an electronic record. Each certificate has its own unique reference number which holds your personal details and contains information about the job you’ve been offered by your licenced employer.
  • Appropriate salary and allowances: You must have an offer of a skilled job paying at least £30,000 per annum or £20,800 per annum if you are a new entrant.  These minimum rates of pay may vary under the UK Visas & Immigration Codes of Practice which sets out the appropriate skill level and rates of pay in accordance with the type of job you are offered.
  • Evidence of English language: You must provide evidence that you are either a national of an English speaking country or hold a recognised qualification taught in English or have passed an English language test by a recognised provider at level B1 or above.
  • Maintenance funds: You must provide evidence to show that you are able to maintain yourself and any dependants that will be joining you in the UK without recourse to public funds.  This means that you need to have enough money to cater for yourselves in the UK.  Alternatively, if your sponsor wishes to maintain and accommodate you for your first month of employment, this must be confirmed in your certificate of sponsorship.

Once the application is approved, you will be given an initial period of leave based on the time given in your certificate of sponsorship plus 1 month, which can be extended for further periods to a maximum of 5 years.  In order to extend your stay you must be working for the same employer and holding the same position within the company. Upon completing 5 years, you can apply for indefinite leave to remain after which time you may be eligible to apply for British citizenship.

2. Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) visa

You can apply under this route if your overseas employer has offered you a job in the UK branch of the organisation.

There are 2 types of Intra-Company Transfer visa.

  1. Long-term staff: You must have been working for the overseas parent company for at least 12 months unless your salary in the UK is more than £73,900 per annum
  1. Graduate Trainee: You need to be employed as a recent graduate with at least 3 months experience with the overseas parent company and must be coming to the UK as part of a structured graduate training programme.

The further key requirements for this visa are:

  • Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS): This is not a physical document but an electronic record. Each certificate has its own unique reference number which holds your personal details and contains information about the job you’ve been offered by your licenced employer.
  • Appropriate salary and allowances: You must be paid at least £41,500 per annum if you are applying under the Long-term staff route or £23,000 per annum under the Graduate Trainee route.
  • Maintenance funds: You must provide evidence to show that you are able to maintain yourself and any dependants that will be joining you in the UK without recourse to public funds.  This means that you need to have enough money to cater for yourselves in the UK. Alternatively, if your sponsor wishes to maintain and accommodate you for your first month of employment, this must be confirmed in your certificate of sponsorship.

Once the application is approved, you will be given an initial period of leave based on the time given in your certificate of sponsorship plus 1 month.  The maximum stay permitted for graduate trainees is 12 months however long-term staff are able to extend their leave up to a maximum of 5 years and there are more flexible rules for high earners allowing them to extend their stay up to 9 years.  In order to extend your stay you must be working for the same employer and holding the same position within the company. You are unable to settle permanently in the UK on this visa unless you applied for a visa before 6 April 2011.

3. Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa

You can apply under this route if you are a top sportsperson or a qualified coach and you are internationally established at the highest level in your sport.  Your employment must make a significant contribution to the development of your sport at the highest level in the UK.  Your sponsor will typically be a sporting body, sports club, events organiser or other organiser operating or intending to work in the sporting sector.

There are 5 key requirements for this visa:

  • Endorsement: You need to be endorsed in the form of a letter by the appropriate governing body of your sport to confirm that you are internationally established at the highest level as a player or coach, you intend to stay in the UK for the duration of your stay, your post could not be filled by a suitable settled worker and your employment will make a significant contribution to the development of your sport at the highest level in the UK.
  • Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS): This is not a physical document but an electronic record. Each certificate has its own unique reference number which holds your personal details and contains information about the job you’ve been offered by your licenced employer.
  • Appropriate salary and allowances: You must be paid at least £159,600 or more per annum.
  • Evidence of English language: You must provide evidence that you are either a national of an English speaking country or hold a recognised qualification taught in English or have passed an English language test by a recognised provider at level B1 or above.
  • Maintenance funds: You must provide evidence to show that you are able to maintain yourself and any dependants that will be joining you in the UK without recourse to public funds.  This means that you need to have enough money to cater for yourselves in the UK.  Alternatively, if your sponsor wishes to maintain and accommodate you for your first month of employment, this must be confirmed in your certificate of sponsorship.

Once your application is approved, you will be given an initial period of leave based on the time given in your certificate of sponsorship that can be extended for further periods to a maximum of 6 years.  In order to extend your stay you must be working for the same employer and must provide a new endorsement and a new certificate of sponsorship.  Upon completing 5 years, you can apply for indefinite leave to remain after which time you may be eligible to apply for British citizenship.

4. Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa

You can apply under this route if you have been offered a job within your faith community as a minister of religion undertaking preaching or pastoral work, missionary, or member of a religious order in the UK.  Your sponsor must be a bona fide religious organisation.

The further key requirements for this visa are:

  • Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS): This is not a physical document but an electronic record. Each certificate has its own unique reference number which holds your personal details and contains information about the job you’ve been offered by your licenced employer.
  • Evidence of English language: You must provide evidence that you are either a national of an English speaking country or hold a recognised qualification taught in English or have passed an English language test by a recognised provider at level B1 or above.
  • Maintenance funds: You must provide evidence to show that you are able to maintain yourself and any dependants that will be joining you in the UK without recourse to public funds.  This means that you need to have enough money to cater for yourselves in the UK.  Alternatively, if your sponsor wishes to maintain and accommodate you for your first month of employment, this must be confirmed in your certificate of sponsorship.

Once your application is approved, you will be given an initial period of leave based on the time given in your certificate of sponsorship that can be extended for further periods to a maximum of 6 years.  In order to extend your stay, you must be working for the same employer and upon completing 5 years; you may be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain followed by British citizenship.

Your family

Your family members (partner and children under 18) can apply to join you in the UK under this visa. Once the application is approved, they will be granted leave in line with your leave which can be extended subject to meeting the requirements for leave to remain under the Immigration Rules.  You may be eligible to apply for settlement followed by British citizenship.

Making an application 

At Axiom Stone, we work closely with our clients’ needs and objectives and achieve results in an efficient and timely manner, aiming to continue the relationship once you have secured your visa and beyond. We can guide you through the points scoring nature of business immigration and on how to score the relevant points for this visa.

To apply for any of the above visas or to make an enquiry, please contact us on 0207 016 9341 or by e-mail to immigration@axiomstone.co.uk to speak to our dedicated team of immigration professionals.

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