Tier 2 General Skilled Worker Visa

Tier 2 General Skilled Worker Visa

The Tier 2 General Visa is for individuals who have a skilled job offer in the United Kingdom from a licensed Tier 2 Sponsor.

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The Tier 2 General Skilled Worker category is for individuals who have an offer of a skilled job in the UK from a licensed Tier 2 Sponsor. This category includes applicants coming to the UK to fill shortage occupations. You will need to have an offer of employment before applying for a Tier 2 General Skilled Work visa.

The Main Eligibility Requirements for a Tier 2 General Visa

In order to qualify for a Tier 2 General visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

  • You have a job offer in the UK from an employer that holds a Tier 2 Sponsor License;
    The job you are sponsored for is at least graduate level or a specified creative profession unless it is on the shortage occupation list;
  • You will be paid a minimum salary of £30,000 (£20,800 for some applicants) 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/licensed to do the job.

Resident Labour Market Test

A feature of the Tier 2 General category is the Resident Labour Market Test. This requires appropriately detailed adverts to have been placed in one or more general or specialist publications, for set periods to ensure that your prospective employer has made a genuine good-faith effort to hire British citizens/settled workers first. We can review your employer’s efforts to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test and conduct additional advertising and recruitment efforts where necessary.

A Resident Labour Market Test is not required in cases where the job is on the Shortage Occupation List, for certain doctors and dentists in training, in research positions 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.

Tier 2 General Salary

There are precise criteria by which the salary of a Tier 2 General Worker are to be calculated, essentially aiming to include only guaranteed earnings and allowances that would be received by a settled worker in the same line of work, and limiting the earnings to those gained in a 48-hour week. 

Tier 2 General Maintenance Requirements

An applicant must satisfy the maintenance criteria in order to secure a Tier 2 General Visa. This is possible in the following ways:

  1. Providing your last 3 months’ bank statements prior to the date of application (with a closing balance dated not more than one month before the date of application) showing a balance of at least £945 at all times; or
  2. Your sponsoring employer can certify that they will provide maintenance and accommodation during the first month of your employment in the UK. Please note that only an A rated sponsor can certify maintenance for prospective workers.

If your spouse/partner and children under the age of 18 will accompany you to the United Kingdom, then you  will need to demonstrate an additional £630 for each of your accompanying dependents in addition to the £945 that you require for yourself. Again, an A rated sponsoring employer can certify that they will provide maintenance and accommodation for your dependents.

Tier 2 General Visa Duration

If your application for a Tier 2 General visa is approved then your initial visa may be issued for a maximum period of 5 years and 14 days, or the time given on your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 1 month, whichever is shorter. Your may extend your Tier 2 General Visa as long as your total stay in the UK is not more than 6 years.

Indefinite Leave to Remain

Tier 2 General Migrants may apply for indefinite leave to remain once they have five years’ continuous residence in various combinations of UK work visas. Your sponsoring employer must support your application by certifying that you are still required in the position and will be for the foreseeable future, also providing their record of absence including any excess absences for serious and compelling reasons.

Your sponsoring employer must confirm that your salary meets the minimum salary threshold (£35,800 for applications submitted after April 2019), unless you are employed in certain extremely highly-skilled occupations which are exempt from this requirement. You will need to provide evidence of your salary including recent pay slips with corresponding matching bank statements as evidence of salary deposits.

Legal Advice & Representation

Our UK immigration lawyers can advise you in relation to the copious requirements of the immigration rules and Tier 2 Policy Guidance to ensure that you and your dependents make a successful application. We have a wealth of experience in filing applications for Tier 2 General entry clearance, extensions and indefinite leave to remain.

We will ensure that your UK employer is licensed to the correct level and that they have met the requirements of the Resident Labour Market Test and Certificate of Sponsorship issuance.

If your initial application for entry clearance has been refused, we will make a request for Administrative Review if there are sufficient legal merits. 

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