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Forward thinking businesses look to attract only the best talents in the world to add value to their businesses. In a global state like the UK, it is important that businesses find it relatively easier to attract and retain top talent if it must remain the global economic hub that it is. Key sectors within the economy that must be open to global talent include all professional services, technological and medical services.

Sustained business growth in a contemporary world requires the most talented and skilled workers to help drive quality and innovation. Glocalisation has further lent a helping hand to businesses; such that businesses are now able to source for the best talent from a global market place.

The UK as a leading economy in the world is not left out. The Tier 2 visa category has been designed as a Point Based system to allow foreign skilled workers take up skilled jobs in UK based firms.

At Reiss Edwards, our highly experienced and qualified UK immigration lawyers can help your company reach its full potential if you need to recruit workers from outside the UK. We have an expert team of business immigration and Tier 2 visa lawyers who specialise in global and corporate immigration.

Tier 2 (General) Visa

Following the closure of the Tier 1 General route, the Tier 2 visa category has now become the major work visa category. It allows workers to apply for long term employment (General), to transfer from a company based overseas to a company in the UK (Intra-company Transfer), sports people involved at a high level in their sport (Sportsperson), and religious workers, (Minister of Religion)

It is important to note that you will be required to have a certificate of sponsorship to be able to apply for a leave to enter remain via any of the aforementioned categories. It is a PBS immigration route and would require successful applicants to score 70 points in order to qualify. Applicants will also need to meet the English language requirements as well as the maintenance requirements

Tier 2 Visa application

To apply for a Tier 2 work visa, you must have been offered work by an employer who has a valid Tier 2 sponsor licence. The role must be one above NQF Level 6 and the salary on offer must be at the appropriate level.

The Home Office have published a guidance of sponsorable jobs roles in the UK as well as their appropriate salary levels. The Home Office strictly follows the salary requirements, as your Tier 2 visa application will be refused if the job you are been offered does not meet the stipulated salary requirements.

Click here to find the salary requirements for sponsorable roles in the UK. Sponsorable roles are roles at or above NQF Level 6.

Tier 2 Visa Extension

The Tier 2 Visa is normally issued for 3 years after which you may be eligible to apply for a Tier 2 visa extension. Your extension application will depend on whether or not your current employer is willing to continue to have you on that role as well as with the appropriate salary.

Click here to read more about your Tier 2 visa extension application.

Contact us if you need help with your Tier 2 visa extension application.

Cost of a Tier 2 Visa

Tier 2 visa application fees include the following Ė

  1. Home office fees
  2. IHS Fees
  3. Skills charge
  4. Sponsor licence fee
  5. Legal fees - Tier 2 Lawyer fees

The sponsor licence fees and Skills charge are payable only by the employer. Also, the sponsor licence fees only relates to a where the employer does not have an existing sponsor licence.

Tier 2 Visa Lawyers London

Our team of specialist Tier 2 visa Lawyers can advise you on how best to prepare your Tier 2 visa application. We will advise you on all documents required to ensure a successful visa application.

Contact us today if you will require professional advice. Our business immigration lawyers are based in London are offer a free initial consultation over the phone. You can reach us on 02037442797 or send us an email on

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Related Links

Tier 2 Entry clearance
Switching to the Tier 2 General visa
Extension of leave as a Tier 2 General Migrant
Tier 2 Indefinite Leave to remain

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Our price ranges from £1000 to £4000 depending on whether you are applying alone or with dependants; and also if we would also be advising on your sponsor licence application as well.
I'm currently on a tier 5 visa and considering switching to a tier 2 uk visa (general). I'm planning to apply for a part time 26hrs/week (35000 salary) and locum for the other 2 days. I know i'm unable to open a limited company or be a sole trader in the UK but is there anything stopping me from opening an isle of man company (as it isn't the UK) to locum through for my 20 hrs /week secondary work?
This enquiry has been dealt with in a private email by one of our tier 2 visa lawyers

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