We received some wonderful news that our client’s (“the Applicant”) Tier 2 General visa application was granted. The Applicant’s Tier 2 General visa was granted within days from the date of her biometrics appointment. The Applicant was a returning client who we had previously assisted with an entry clearance Tier 2 General visa application. In our initial consultation with the Applicant’s employer, we informed the sponsor of the requirements under the Immigration Rules, and our immigration team had identified a few potential issues which would need to be addressed prior to the submission of the application. Our Immigration Team prepared a well-executed application with strong legal representations in support of the Applicant’s application.
Background to Tier 2 General visa application
The Applicant was a dual Brazilian and Israeli national who we had initially helped secure entry clearance under the Tier 2 General work visa route. The Applicant was initially granted a 4-year visa and wished to extend her visa for a further 2 years. We identified that the Applicant’s employer had not applied for a new Certificate of Sponsorship (“CoS”) and the visa was set to expire before the next allocation date. We were able to assist the Sponsor to obtain a new CoS by contacting the Home Office Business Helpdesk. Our immigration team submitted detailed legal representations explaining how the Applicant met the requirements of her application. The Home Office accepted our legal submissions and granted the Applicant’s application within days from the date of her biometrics appointment.
What is a Tier 2 General visa application?
The Tier 2 General visa is a unique work visa designed to allow migrants to apply for skilled jobs that cannot be filled by British or settled workers. This category also covers migrants coming to the UK to fill jobs on the shortage of occupation list (“SoL”).
What are the requirements for a Tier 2 General visa application?
The Tier 2 General visa is a Points Based System (“PBS”) visa application where Applicants are required to score a minimum of 70 points. Applicants will be awarded points for Attributes, English Language and Maintenance. Applicants must submit an application in accordance with Paragraph 245 of the Immigration Rules. In addition to this, consideration must be given to the Home Office Policy Guidance.
Applicants must be at least 16 years old on the date of the application and must be of good character. Applicants will be awarded 50 points for Attributes if they can show that they have been offered a job with a valid CoS from an approved Tier 2 Sponsor. In some circumstances, it will be necessary for the Tier 2 Sponsor to conduct a Resident Labour Market Test (“RLMT”). The job offer must also meet the appropriate salary requirement for the job in question. Applicants will be awarded 10 points if they can show that they meet the English language requirement. Applicants will be awarded 10 points for meeting the maintenance requirement by showing that they have at least £945 in cash savings available. The funds must have been held for a consecutive 90-day period with the last statement ending no more than 31 days before the submission of the application. If an Applicant falls short of this requirement, it is possible for the Tier 2 Sponsor to certify the maintenance requirement on the Certificate of Sponsorship.
What is a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship?
Applicants cannot submit a Tier 2 General visa application without a valid CoS. A CoS is an electronic document which has a unique reference number and holds personal information about the potential migrant employee, as well as information about the job such as salary, length of employment, whether the Resident Labour Market Test has been completed (if applicable) and relevant SOC code and job description. Tier 2 Applicants must have a valid CoS reference number before they can apply under the Tier 2 visa route. By assigning a CoS using the SMS Portal, the Sponsor is confirming to the best of their knowledge that the migrant is able to undertake a particular job and that they intend to do so. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the Tier 2 Sponsor Licence employer to correctly complete the details of the CoS and assign it to the relevant migrant.
How our immigration solicitors can help with a Tier 2 General visa application?
Our immigration solicitors in London specialise in Tier 2 General visa applications and prepare applications to the highest standard. We have an impeccable track history of submitting successful Tier 2 General visa applications for a range of different clients. The key to submitting successful applications is being aware of the relevant Immigration Rules. Our immigration solicitors in London guide Applicants through the requirements and prepare detailed legal submissions in support of the application. In addition to the legal representations, our team of solicitors also provides multiple substantial reviews of the application bundle to ensure that the correct documentary evidence is submitted. We also prepare and assist with the submission of the application.
Using our immigration solicitors to submit Tier 2 General visa applications
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 submit a settlement application.
Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications, which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your Tier 2 General 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 Tier 2 General application meets the Immigration Rules.
Successful Tier 2 General visa applications with our immigration solicitors
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 application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of your 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. LEXVISA is just minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice, and other central London courts.
Preparation is the key to a successful Tier 2 General visa application. 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 your case and arrange your legal consultation.
Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.