The Tier 2 visa is a UK work visa category that allows foreign nationals to work in the UK for a UK based company (Sponsor). The sponsor will always need to have a UK Tier 2 sponsor licence before they can sponsor a non-EEA national to work for them in their UK based company. Contact our Tier 2 visa lawyers if you need help in applying for you Tier 2 visa application.
The Tier 2 visa category is designed as a Point based system to allow foreign skilled workers take up skilled jobs in UK based firms. The Tier 2 visa is particularly appropriate where you have been offered a skilled role in a UK based company who has a sponsor licence.
Importantly a Tier 2 visa migrant is also able to switch employers within the UK only on the basis that they make another Tier 2 employer switching application. A switching application, where changing employers may be treated as a fresh application whether or not the SoC code is the same.
As implied above, your new employer will be required to make an application for a new Certification of Sponsorship.
In addition to obtaining a valid employment and Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), you must also ensure that you pay the IHS surcharge, meet the English language requirement as well as maintenance requirement.
Tier 2 visa extension applications will normally be granted for up to 2 to 3 years. Rarely does it exceed 3 years; apart from when applying for the Tier 1 Intra Company transfer visa. After the initial grant of leave, you will normally be eligible for an extension for up to 2 years.
Indefinite Leave to remain
After spending 5 years in the UK as a Tier 2 general migrant, you may be eligible for indefinite leave to remain provided you are earning over £35,000 as at the time of your ILR application. In addition, your employer must be willing to write a letter stating that you continue to be needed on the job that you are currently in.
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