COVID-19 SERVICE UPDATE: Our services remain fully operational with video conferencing and remote working allowing us to offer an uninterrupted and high-quality service.
✔ Call on 0203 744 2797, email email@example.com or use our website chat tool from Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm. Qualified and knowledgeable lawyers will answer your queries.
The Tier 2 General Visa is ideal for those who want to come to the UK to live and work for a sponsor, but what do you do if you want to take on additional work? As you have surely noticed, the rules around the Tier 2 General Visa are very strict and there is not much room for interpretation. So, in this article, we are going to look at the options for those who are in the UK on a Tier 2 General Visa who would like to take on additional work.
There are no clearly defined maximum working hours for Tier 2 General Visa holders. This is, at least, in their normal work that they carry out for their sponsor. There is, however, a maximum limit to the additional work that they can take on outside of their normal working hours for their Tier 2 Sponsor Licence holder. This limit is currently 20 hours, and has been put in place to ensure that any second job does not detract from the sponsored work which is a key part of your reason for being in the UK in the first place.
This 20-hour limit only applies to paid work and not voluntary work. This is an important distinction as many believe that their voluntary work is likely to be limited as well. It is important to note, however, that you should avoid any voluntary or second job interfering with the sponsored work that you do, as this may significantly affect your prospects of gaining Indefinite Leave to Remain.
Yes, a Tier 2 General visa holder can take on additional employment of up to 20 hours per week. It is important to note that this additional work must be either on the Shortage Occupation List or be in the same field and level as the job that you are sponsored to do. You must also ensure that it does not interfere with the hours that you would generally spend on your sponsored work. This is important, as any additional work is likely to be scrutinised intensely when it comes to any review of your visa.
One of the most common questions for Tier 2 General Visa holders is whether they can be self-employed. This type of work, unfortunately, is prohibited. We have seen many examples of people taking on self-employment while in the UK on a Tier 2 General Visa and having significant problems after registering for self-assessment. While taking on a self-employed role is relatively easy these days, we urge you to not potentially affect your visa by taking on such work. The punishment for failure to follow visa conditions can be severe and certainly not worth it.
Yes, Tier 2 General visa holders are able to take on additional voluntary work in their spare time. Again, it is important that they do not mix voluntary work with their normal sponsored work as even voluntary work could be scrutinised. You will need to ensure that all of your working hours are accounted for in order to show that your voluntary work is not affecting your sponsored work. Even voluntary work could be frowned upon if there is any hint that it affects your day to day sponsored work.
This is not to say that Tier 2 General Visa holders are discouraged from taking on voluntary work, far from it. UKVI is always principally concerned with ensuring that people are not using additional work to gain additional payment, or as a way to leave their current sponsored work. We would always urge Tier 2 General Visa holders to use their judgement wisely when it comes to taking on additional work. If you are not sure how it will be interpreted, it may be best to get in touch with our immigration experts who can help to guide you as to whether the additional work you wish to take on could put you in potential jeopardy.
Unfortunately, Tier 2 General Visa holders cannot work for themselves as self-employed. This is due to the fact that they are being sponsored to come to the UK. The problem is that there is always the potential that people are using the Tier 2 General Visa as a way to get into the UK so that they can start a business of their own. This is far from an ideal situation, so therefore it is banned. This may seem heavy-handed but unfortunately that is where the rules currently stand.
If you are looking to start up a business of your own, you could use your free time to research and prototype your business. Once you have a business plan in place, you could then consider switching visa route to another such as the Innovator Visa. This is the ideal option for Tier 2 General visa holders who are entrepreneurially-minded, as they can move to the UK, get paid for their normal working hours, and work on their ideas in their free time. If you wish to discuss switching visas, call today and speak to our team who will be happy to help talk you through your options.
If you need more help with the Tier 2 General Visa then please get in touch. Our team of immigration lawyers have years of experience helping Tier 2 General visa holders to make the most of their stay in the UK. So, call today for a free, no-obligation consultation and see how we can help.
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.
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.
Investing over 2 million pounds is defintely not a routine decision. We had to make sure that the Tier 1 investor immigration lawyers that we'd 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.
TI 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
530 ReviewsREAD ALL REVIEWS