Working on a Tier 2 visa can be a tricky business, you may be unsure of what you can and cannot do in relation to changing employers or even industries. In this article, we look at what to do if you are looking to move on from your current role and the impact that it can have on your visa.
Yes. Even though your visa relies on sponsorship from your current employer, it is far from impossible to move on to a different company. There are drawbacks to changing employers and you must take these into account when considering moving on.
For a start, you will have to apply for a new visa. You will also need to track down a new employer and get them to offer you a new Certificate of Sponsorship so that you can make a new visa application.
It is also very difficult to find employers who offer Certificates of Sponsorship. This is where you are best to consult the government's database of sponsor licence holders to help narrow down the search to specific sectors and areas. It can be very difficult to find employers in the mainstream marketplace, so a database like this is a dream for a job seeker.
Unfortunately not, as your sponsor was part of your visa application, when you no longer work for them your visa is invalid. You must submit a new application with your new Certificate of Sponsorship from your new prospective employer.
It is important that you have continual employment while you remain in the UK and that is why you must have a Certificate of Sponsorship. Sponsor licence holders are responsible for you while you work in their business. This way, an employer has a number of conditions attached to them so that they can issue sponsor licences.
There are many job sites in the UK, but trying to find one that is specifically a sponsor licence holder will be difficult. Fortunately, the government maintains a database of sponsor licence holders that you can access to find a new prospective employer in your industry. It may also be worth speaking to employment agencies who tend to be very well informed about their clients and can help point you in the right direction.
If you are considering leaving your current role to take a new one and you need some advice on your visa status, get in touch. Our specialist immigration solicitors can help assist you in submitting a new application with your new Certificate of Sponsorship.