An individual who is already residing in the United Kingdom under a visa category that enables the person to make a switch of category into the Tier 2 General category, he/she is entitled to apply for residence as Tier 2 General migrant from within the United Kingdom. The individual is however expected to fulfill all applicable criteria inclusive of any other stipulation that is relating to switching into the Tier 2 General category from the individual’s current visa status. In order for the individual to be eligible to apply for leave from within the UK, he/she must be issued an Unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). For more information on the Tier 2 General Category, please refer to the Tier 2 General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
If an individual is issued or was previously issued leave of entry in any one of the below listed categories, he/she can apply to switch into the Tier 2 General Category from within the UK:
An individual wishes to make a switch from the Tier 4 General Student category into the Tier 2 General, he/she can do so as long as the following requirements are fulfilled:
If the Tier 2 sponsor fulfills the requirements for switching as mentioned above, they would be free from fulfilling the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT). The applicant will make use of the Unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) that is expected to be issued to him/her by the Employer to make the application. However, it is expected that the individual’s working position and salary level be in line with the criteria for Code of Practice.
An individual who has been granted entry into the United Kingdom on Tier 1 Post Study Work (PSW) visa, he/she can make an application to switch into the Tier 2 General from within the UK. In this category it is expected that the employer makes available an unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) which the applying individual would use whilst making the Tier 2 General application. However, it is expected that the individual’s working position and salary level be in line with the criteria for Code of Practice.
|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|