The Tier 2 visa is the main UK visa route for skilled workers coming to the UK to take up employment, usually paying a salary of at least £20,800 per annum for “new entrants” and £30,000 for “experienced workers”. In order to apply for this visa, you must have a job offer and a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid Tier 2 sponsor licence. Unless earning £159,600 per annum, shareholding in the UK business by the applicant is limited to ten percent.
Up to 5 years and 14 days, or up to one month after the period stated on your certificate of sponsorship (whichever comes first), and up to 6 years with extensions. If you apply for a Tier 2 visa in the UK as a “new entrant” the maximum initial period, you can extend the visa by is three years and one month. After three years and one month as a new entrant you will have to be paid the experienced worker rate to extend your tier 2 visa. .
You can apply for indefinite leave to remain twenty-eight days before the five-year period ends in the UK if you meet the following salary requirements:
In many cases the Tier 2 sponsor licence employer will guarantee maintenance which will meet this requirement. Most employers are “A rated” and are allowed to do this. Alternatively, Tier 2 General applicants as well as Tier 2 Intra-company transfer visa applicants must show that they have funds of at least £945, and that at no time over the last ninety days has the balance in their bank account gone below this figure.
The job stated on a Tier 2 certificate of sponsorship must pay the required salary as in the immigration rules:
If you are currently based outside the UK and need to apply for UK entry clearance for a visa, or are currently in a visa category such as Tier 5 Youth Mobility that requires you to apply for tier 2 visa entry clearance then you will need to have a restricted CoS. This means at times the salary requirements to gain a tier 2 visa may fluctuate. Tier 2 visas for those who need to apply for visas from outside the UK come under the quota system. At times of high demand there may be a shortage of restricted CoSs which will mean in most cases that you will need to have more points and a higher salary to gain enough points for a restricted CoS.
There are exceptions for certain groups, workers whose previous OR current permission to enter the UK fall under the following categories have different salary rules:
Tier 2 Workers on this visa who wish to leave their job and work for a new employer will need a new Tier 2 visa. The new employer will need a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence and will most likely have to do the Resident Labour Market Test. Tier 2 visa holders are free to work for an additional 20 hours per week in the following circumstances:
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