uk immigration lawyers
uk immigration lawyers

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. Itís 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 isnít 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 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.

Immigration Enquiry

subscribe to email and newsletters
Reiss Edwards Reviews
5 out of 5 stars 394 Google+ Reviews
reivew immigration lawyer

Our Brochure

Reiss Edwards immigration lawyers brochure

Arabic Brochure
Reiss Edwards immigration lawyers brochure

Immigration related Testimonials

Investing over 2 million pounds is defintely not a routine decision. We had to make sure that the Tier 1 investor immigration lawyers london that we would be picking has to be one of the best within the Tier 1 investor category. We contacted Reiss Edwards and they were able to get us not only the Tier 1 investor visa but also suggested profitable investment portfolios in addition to what we already had in mind.
The Home Office refused my Tier 1 Entrepreneur extension application. This meant that my family and i would have to go back to Jordan and my business would close down. I needed a good immigration lawyer to put in a very strong appeal. I approached Reiss Edwards based on a friend's recommendation and they put together a very strong appeal. I read the grounds of appeal and I knew that this was a winner. A big thanks to Joe who worked tireless on my appeal.
I am glad that i instructed Reiss Edwards on my visa matter.

It started with a 20 minutes free immigration advice. I met with Amar to discuss my ILR refusal. He gave me a great deal of quality advice and decided to take on my messy case. I had doubts on the merits of my case by he was relatively convinced he could win it. That made me quite secure.

To be honest, things did not start as quick as I would have wanted, but they kept on communicating the process and state of things to me

A big thank you to Verusha and Foram. They were also very helpful. Brilliant and informative.

Their fee was fair and reasonable, especially if you compare them to other law firms and immigration law firms in London; some of whom even told me that i would not be able to get an indefinte leave to remain in this country.

The process was long but was worth it. In the end, a big thank you to Reiss Edwards.
I have just had British Citizenship application approved. Prior to making the application, i was not sure which law firm i should hire to facilitate the paperwork. After a few hours of research, i decided to go with Reiss Edwards and i must confess that i wasnt disappointed.

The immigration lawyers at Reiss Edwards handled my case well and they really knew what they were doing. They were fully aware of what documents I needed and it was easy for them to tell if my case was going to be easy or not.

At the end of the day, I have not received my British citizenship within 3 months.

If anyone is looking for a good immigration lawyer to handle thier case, contact Reiss Edwards.
Fantastic Solicitors!!!

My wife's spouse visa extension application was refused by the Home Office and they gave her 14 days to leave the country. We contacted Reiss Edwards and they said "OK don't worry we will sort this out". They put together the list of documents for me to obtain and they prepared a bundle which was as thick as the printer it came out from.

We followed everything they asked us to do and in the end we won our appeal and got our spouse visa.

We can't recommend them enough and we have promised ourselves never to make any more UK visa applications without them.
The team of lawyers at Reiss Edwards are very professional and friendly people. Their experience in and around UK immigration law is quite extensive; be sure that you application is in safe and competent hands. My immigration matter was an indefinite leave to remain application based on Tier 1 on a self-employment basis. The immigration lawyers at Reiss Edwards made sure that the application was perfect and ready to be accepted. I got a positive decision and I recommend them highly for anyone who needs a UK immigration help.
This is the only firm that i spoke with that didn't ask for money before listening to me, will be using them again.
I used Reiss Edwards for my Tier 2 visa application and it was successful. The team was ever present and happy to answer my question.

The caseworker that dealing with my case went on holiday yet by case did not suffer one bit. Another lawyer stepped and took over the case without any hassle.
My Tier 1 Investor Visa was dealt with quickly and without issue. Would recommend Reiss Edwards as an Immigration law firm in London. Thank you to the team.
I contacted Reiss Edwards to help me with my wife’s UK settlement visa. They acted with utmost professionalism throughout the entire application. I spoke with Joe Dinh, he is an immigration solicitor and he is one of the best solicitors out there. He ensured that there was little to no room for error. At some point I thought he was over cautious. He remained calmed and continued to assure us on our immigration matter. Most people in his position would have panicked but he was calmed and continued to assure us. We received out positive outcome very quickly.

Click to view all google reviews
I have been using Reiss Edwards for three years now for my family's immigration application. Both for my initial application and extension. They are really affordable. The team of solicitors at this firm are probably one of the most efficient and economical in terms of cost. They offered free advice over the phone and spent good time with us before inviting us for consultation.

Click to view all google reviews
Reiss Edwards is a top notch immigration service company. The way they handled our documentation and also the list of documents they sent was efficient and top quality. They helped us professionally throughout the process. We are very happy with the immigration advice we received from the team. We highly recommend them.

Click to view all google reviews
I used Reiss Edwards’ immigration lawyers to assist with my immigration matter and that of my family. It was an EX1 application. They dealt with the matter properly and even when complications were coming up from the Home Office, they helped resolve the issue properly. They are very professional and are very popular in London. I am happy to have worked with them.

Click to view all google reviews
It's a shame that you dont have an 'Excellent' star rating on here, as my experience with Reiss Edwards is nothing short of an excellent rating. They handled my application for an Indefinite Leave to remain in April 2014 and did my husband's one very recently including my daughter. Every time i have approached them, they have continued to treat me with courtesy, respect and patience. Amar was indeed a very thorough and professional gentleman. He is very knowledgeable, corporative and engaging. He responded to my emails, calls and enquiries promptly. He was always reassuring. I could not have asked for a better Immigration service.

I would recommend them over and over again for anyone looking for an immigration advice.

They gave me a free immigration advice when i called them, and the quality of the advice was something other charge thousands for. If you need a particular, name, Amar would be it. He exemplifies, for me, the true, professional gentleman. He is a valuable asset to Reiss Edwards.

Kind regards
Nancy Jacquard

Copyright © 2019 Immigration Lawyer London