The Tier 2 Visa route of the Points Based System is for those migrants wishing to work in the UK and it covers skilled workers with a job offer from a UK based employer. As of November 2008, the Tier 2 Visa route has replaced work permits; migrants wishing to work in the UK must have a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from a UK Home Office licensed sponsor before they make their Tier 2 Work Visa application.
Our expert immigration lawyers are regularly instructed by migrants wishing to work in the UK under the Tier 2 Work Visa routes as is evident by testimonials left by our clients. Under this route, you are able to bring your dependants with you or if they are already in the UK under an existing leave, they may be able to apply to switch to a visa as your dependent.
Our team are ready to meet with you to consider whether you meet the eligibility requirements to apply from abroad or in the UK and once instructed will liaise with you in preparing your visa application with the requisite supporting documentation.
Tier 2 Visa Categories
The Tier 2 Work Visa route has the following 4 categories:
- Intra-Company Transfer (ICT);
- Sportsperson; and
- Minister of Religion.
If you wish to apply for any of the above visas, you must have a job offer and a CoS from an organisation that is a licenced sponsor in the UK. As this is a points based route, you must score a minimum of 70 points (or 60 points if applying for an ICT visa). In addition to having a CoS, you must also be able to meet maintenance and English language requirements.
Our immigration solicitors routinely meet with clients who wish to work for an organisation which does not have a business Sponsor Licence. We are often instructed to meet with such businesses and explore their options of hiring non-EU migrants within their organisation.
Tier 2 General Visa
There is an annual limit on the number of Certificates of Sponsorship available under the Tier 2 (General) Visa route. However, those wishing to fill a vacancy with a salary of £155,300 or above and all in country applications (excluding Tier 4 dependent switchers) are not affected by the limit. To apply, applicants must have been offered a skilled job but UK employers must first complete the Resident Labour Market Test before offering the job to a Tier 2 migrant worker to demonstrate that that position cannot be filled by a settled worker.
As of April 2017, the introduction of the Immigration Skills Charge has meant that all employers who hold a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence must now pay £1,000 per Tier 2 migrant worker they employ. Also from April 2017, the introduction of the Minimum Salary Requirement of £35,000 directly affects Tier 2 migrant workers who wish to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). However, jobs on the Shortage Occupation List are exempt from meeting the Minimum Salary Requirement.
Our immigration team are regularly instructed by those who have been assigned a CoS and then wish to apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa. Applicants must note that the CoS must confirm that the job they wish to apply for is at NQF level 6 and that they will be paid an appropriate salary. If you meet the strict requirements of this route, you may be granted leave up to 5 years.
Tier 2 Intra-Company (ICT)
This category is further sub categorised into the following four areas and will require you to have a CoS in order to make the visa application:
- Short term staff – established employees who are being transferred to the UK for 12 months or less in respect of a skilled job that could not be carried out by a new recruit from the resident workforce
- Long term staff – established employees who are being transferred to the UK for 12 months or more in respect of a skilled job that could not be carried out by a new recruit from the resident workforce
- Graduate trainee – new graduates who need to come to the UK as part of a structured training programme which clearly defines progression towards a managerial or specialist role
- Skills transfer – overseas employees who are being transferred to the UK branch in a graduate occupation to learn the skills and knowledge they will need to perform their job overseas or to impart their skills to the UK workforce.
Migrants under the Tier 2 ICT visa route will need to ensure that they are paid the minimum salary for their visa category or the appropriate rate for the job that they have been offered.
Tier 2 Sportsperson
The Tier 2 Sportsperson route of the Points-Based System is for elite sports people and coaches who are internationally established at the highest level. Applicants under this route would be expected to make a significant contribution to the development of their chosen sport in the UK and must intend to be based in the UK for the duration of their permission to stay. The company sponsoring you will need to issue you with a certificate of sponsorship and will need to ensure that the salary on offer and your qualifications will enable you to satisfy the immigration rules. You will be granted temporary residence in the UK and will be permitted to live and work for the duration of your employment or the time given in your certificate of sponsorship.
Our immigration team are proud to have been instructed by well-known professional sports players and coaches and have assisted in preparing successful visa applications for them allowing them to make a significant contribution to the UK and also to their own personal development.
Tier 2 Minister of Religion
The UK today is a richly diverse society in which people with very different ways of life coexist. The UK is home to (and has seen the growth of) many religions such as Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism and it is therefore inevitable that members of these religions may wish to undertake a job role in the UK to preach their message.
Our immigration solicitors are regularly instructed by applicants who have been offered a job within the faith community such as a minister of religion, missionary or member of a religious order. Our lawyers pride themselves in preparing applications for those from different faiths and have extensive experience with the immigration rules and Home Office’s guidance to prepare a properly executed visa application with the requisite supporting documentation.
Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)
The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) was introduced by the Home Office on 6 April 2015 and applies to temporary, non-EEA migrants who are coming to the UK for more than 6 months, such as Tier 2 Work Visa applicants. Payment for IHS is collected by the Home Office and goes directly to the National Health Service (NHS).
If instructed, our team of expert lawyers can consider whether you will need to pay the IHS. If you wish to consider your options, please contact our team today and arrange a meeting with a qualified immigration solicitor who can advise you of your options.
Expert Immigration Solicitors for Tier 2 Work Visa Applicants
Our immigration lawyers have extensive experience in preparing visa applications for Tier 2 Work Visa applicants either in country or out. Our immigration team can offer the following service:
- Consultation with an immigration lawyer who can advise on the eligibility criteria of such an application;
- Provide the applicant with a bespoke supporting documents list which will assist them in collating documents required for the application;
- Prepare the relevant application form and detailed legal representations to accompany the application form (either in the UK or abroad); and
- If required (and available) accompany the applicant to the visa centre so they can submit the application in person and in most circumstances, receive a decision on the same day.
We are a UK law firm based in Middle Temple, London and our solicitors are fully authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Contact our professional business immigration team today and we can offer you a consultation in person or via telephone or Skype so we can explore your options. You can leave us a message on our Contact Form or give us a call on 02071830570.