Tier 2 General route enables UK employers to hire workers from outside the EEA to fill a particular vacancy that cannot be filled by a British or EEA worker.
In order to make a visa application a skilled worker will require a sponsorship certificate from their employer that is a licenced sponsor in the UK. If the employer is not a licenced sponsor, they will need to apply for a sponsorship licence before they can assign a sponsorship certificate to you. Currently there is an annual limit of 20,700 on the number of Certificates of Sponsorship available under Tier 2 (General). This limit applies to all out-of-country applicants and to dependants of Tier 4 (General) students switching visa category in country.
Other key requirements:
- you will also need to have an ‘appropriate’ salary as prescribed in the applicable SOC code for Tier 2;
- meet the English language requirement;
- you must hold £945 in your bank account for 90 days before making application.
Should your application be successful, a leave will be granted for a period equal to the length of the engagement shown on your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 1 month. The maximum period of grant is 5 years and 14 days.
UK immigration law is complicated and often confusing to those unfamiliar with the rules, regulations and procedures. Our immigration adviser can translate technical issues into plain English and cast a light upon the complex issues of immigration legislation. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your options and how we can assist you in your application.