Most Common Tier 2 Refusal Reasons

Most Common Tier 2 Refusal Reasons


A Tier 2 General Visa is an excellent option for those looking to move to the UK to live and work. Gaining a Tier 2 General Visa involves an in-depth application process and it is very easy to fall foul of the rules involved when it comes to lodging your application. Many thousands successfully apply for a Tier 2 General Visa every year, but there is also a significant proportion of unsuccessful applications. In this article we are going to look at a few of the reasons that Tier 2 General Visa applications are refused and what you can do to minimise the chance that yours is rejected.


A surprising number of Tier 2 General Visa applications are turned down as a result of an administrative error. An incorrect piece of information such as a spelling mistake could put your whole application at risk, therefore it is vital that you ensure an error-free application. At the very least you should ensure that you read through your application carefully to ensure all of the errors are removed.

In order to avoid a potential Tier 2 General Visa application rejection, you could ask us to help you with the application process. One of our most popular services consists of us checking over your application before it is submitted to ensure complete compliance and a reduced likelihood of refusal. If you are looking for assistance with your application, please get in touch and our team will be happy to help you. It is far better to let us help you and be sure that your application is correct. It's much easier to prevent a mistake than to rectify it at a later stage.

Financial Issue

The Tier 2 General Visa has a lot of financial restrictions at the heart of the eligibility criteria. Whether it is the minimum salary requirement (usually £30,000), or the requirement to have enough money in savings to be able to support yourself (£945), the financial requirements of the Tier 2 General Visa cannot be ignored. For those who intend to bring family members, the requirements are even tougher to meet. It is for this reason that you must ensure that all of your financials are in order before making an application. If you are unsure, please get in touch and we can help.

As part of the application process you will be required to prove that you are eligible, this will involve significant amounts of documentary evidence. Another common reason for application failure is that this documentation is not sufficient to meet the requirements. If you fall into this category, getting in touch with us first will allow us to check over your documents to ensure compliance and reduce the chance of a rejection.


For those from countries outside of the EU who are likely to be working with vulnerable people, there is a requirement for a criminal records certificate from any country that the applicant has lived in for more than 12 months in the last 10 years. This is to ensure that applicants are of a fit nature. It is certain that any failure to provide this information, or indeed trying to hide a criminal background is likely to end badly. The UK has information sharing systems with many countries and can likely find out for themselves about the history of Tier 2 General Visa applicants.

It is therefore vital that if you are going to be working with vulnerable people in any of the following situations, you will require the correct certification:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Therapy
  • Social Services

This list encompasses the vast majority of sectors that certificates will be required for, but it isn€„¢t a complete list. For a complete list of professions, or to find out more about criminal record requirements for Tier 2 General Visa applicants, please get in touch today and our team will be happy to help.

Trying to Switch and Not Being Eligible

In order to switch to a Tier 2 General Visa, you will need to meet all of the necessary eligibility criteria. Even though you have been in the UK on an alternate visa, switching still requires complete eligibility - there are no concessions. It is for this reason that you must ensure complete compliance. If you are concerned about your eligibility criteria for a Tier 2 General Visa, give us a call today and our experienced immigration solicitors can help to resolve your situation.

Tier 2 General Visa Cap

There is a monthly limit for the number of Tier 2 General Visa Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) that can be allocated. While not a reason for a failed application (you will not be able to make an application without one), it is something that you need to be aware of before considering an application. In recent months this cap has been regularly hit and you will need to ensure that there is sufficient room for an application to be made. Certain professions (such as some specific medical ones) have recently been removed from the cap which has helped to improve the situation.

If you would like to know more about the current levels, or indeed whether you are able to gain a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from your intended employer, get in touch and we can help to establish whether your application is likely to be considered and offer you practical advice on how to proceed if not.

How We Can Help

If you need help with a Tier 2 General Visa application then please get in touch. Our experienced team of immigration lawyers have been helping people just like you to move to the UK successfully for years. So to get all of the help and advice that you need to make a successful application, get in touch today and let our team help.

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