We are delighted to announce that last week we received the wonderful news that one of our clients (“the Applicant”) has been granted an entry clearance Tier 2 (General) work visa. Our specialist business immigration team sent the client a bespoke documents list so he knew exactly what documents to provide in support of his application. We then conducted a thorough document review and prepared detailed representations in support of the application, to ensure the entry clearance officer was clearly able to see how the Applicant met all of the necessary requirements. We also worked with the Applicant’s employer to ensure they had correctly assigned the Certificate of Sponsorship (“CoS”) to the Applicant, which is crucial in submitting a successful Tier 2 application.
The Case for Entry Clearance Tier 2 (General) Visa
The Applicant was an American national who applied for entry clearance to the UK as a Tier 2 (General) migrant as he had received a provisional job offer from an A-rated Tier 2 Sponsor (“the Company”) in the UK. The Company is a previous client of ours, who we helped successfully apply for a Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence. The Company had assigned the Applicant a valid CoS and the Applicant was then able to use this to apply for his Tier 2 (General) visa.
As we had prepared the Tier 2 Sponsorship Licence application, we already knew that the Resident Labour Market Test (“RLMT”) had successfully been completed and that the restricted CoS was properly assigned to the Applicant. Once a CoS is assigned to a migrant worker, the Tier 2 (General) Applicant has 90 days to submit the visa application to the Home Office. Any minor issues that the Applicant and his employer encountered during the preparation and submission of the Applicant’s Entry Clearance Tier 2 (General) Visa application were solved by our expert business immigration team who were able to find solutions to any difficulties which may arise during the visa application process.
The Applicant submitted his application in New York and quickly received a positive decision, so is now making plans to travel to the UK to begin his new job.
Applying for an Entry Clearance Tier 2 (General) Visa using the Super-Priority Visa Service
The Applicant wanted a quick decision so opted for the super-priority visa service from VFS Global in order to receive a decision within one working day of submitting his documents and biometric information at the visa application support centre in the USA.
Super-priority visa service Applicants should be aware that if their visa application is not properly prepared and presented or if there is an adverse immigration history or complexities within the case, then it is unlikely the application will be decided within the service standard.
Further, the super-priority visa service is only available for certain visa Applicants and at a select number of visa application support centres. Therefore it is advisable to check with a legal representative such as our experienced business immigration team, in order for us to advise which visa services are available to you.
What are the main requirements for an Entry Clearance Tier 2 (General) Visa Application?
As a Points Based System application, Tier 2 (General) visa Applicants will need to acquire 70 points in order for the application to be successful.
50 points for Attributes – To acquire 50 points for Attributes, Applicants must be able to show that the job offer has satisfied the RLMT, show a valid CoS number and be awarded the appropriate. It is possible to be exempt from the RLMT in certain circumstances which would need to be clearly put forward to the Home Office for the avoidance of doubt.
10 points for Maintenance – To acquire 10 points for Maintenance, Applicants must be able to show that they can be maintained and accommodated in the UK without recourse to public funds. It is possible for employers to certify their employee’s maintenance on the CoS in order to meet this requirement.
10 points for the English Language requirement – To acquire 10 points for the English Language requirement, Applicants must meet a minimum level of CEFR level B1 in reading, writing, speaking and listening or have an academic qualification that was taught in English. Applicants from majority English speaking countries can satisfy the English Language requirement by proving their nationality.
It is advised that Applicants apply for Entry Clearance from their home country or a country where they are resident. LEXVISA have a vast amount of experience in preparing and submitting Entry Clearance applications from across the world, therefore if you would like to come to the UK, contact us today in order to book a consultation with one of our solicitors.
Using Legal Representation to apply for an Entry Clearance Tier 2 (General) Visa
Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to make an Entry Clearance application for a Tier 2 (General) Visa under the Points Based System of the Immigration Rules.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject UK Visa applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your Entry Clearance Tier 2 (General) visa application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.
This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your Entry Clearance Tier 2 (General) Visa application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful Entry Clearance Tier 2 (General) Visa Applications
Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your Tier 2 (General) visa application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your Entry Clearance Tier 2 (General) Visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.
We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to successful Tier 2 (General) Visa applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess possible UK Visa routes and arrange your legal consultation.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.