In order to retain its competitive edge, the UK invites skilled professionals to work in the UK under the Tier 2 visa program. Under this program, workers whose occupations are listed on the Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List can apply to work in the UK on a long term basis. Among the popular professions on the list are IT, finance, teaching, healthcare and engineering. We can help you take advantage of this talent shortage in the UK and position yourself to gain a work permit to the UK.
If skilled workers must come to the UK, they need to have the Tier 2 visa. You can apply for this visa if you have been offered a skilled job in the UK. The salary requirements for this visa are £20,800 per annum for first-time employees and £30,000 for those with job experience.
The Tier 2 visa allows skilled professionals to build their professional career in the UK. The duration for stay as per the U.K. Tier 2 Work Permit Visa is for a maximum period of 5 years 14 days, or the time-period mentioned on your certificate of sponsorship [plus 1 month], whichever duration is shorter. The Tier 2 Visa is a points-based visa and applicants must score a minimum of 70 points for their application to be considered. The points are awarded based on:
- Whether you have a Certificate of Sponsorship from an employer
- Whether you are receiving an appropriate salary
- Your English communication skills
- The maintenance funds you hold
If you satisfy these parameters you can then apply to the Tier 2 visa. The Tier 2 visa is further subdivided to allow for the following professionals:
- Tier 2 General Visa: For workers who have a job offer in the UK and whose profession appears on the shortage occupation list
- Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visa: For workers of corporations transferring to the UK
- Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa: For ministers of religions within a religious organisation
- Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa: For coaches and sportspersons
If you have successfully received a UK Tier 2 Visa you can:
- Study in the UK
- Bring family members to the UK
- Travel to and from the UK
You can apply for this visa three months before you begin working in the UK. The starting date will be mentioned in the certificate of sponsorship you will receive from your UK employer.
You will get the decision on your visa within three weeks of your application. With the UK government including more occupations in the Shortage Occupation List, the processing time is expected to be reduced for many applicants.
The academic year in the UK runs from September to July. Universities and Colleges in the UK have 3 intakes and some of them may also refer to intake as a term. The 3 intakes available in the UK are:
Intake 1: Term 1 – It commences in September/October and is the major intake
Intake 2: Term 2 – It commences in January/February intake is also available
Intake 3: Term 3 – It commences in May/June and is available for selected Courses.
You can stay for a maximum of 5 years and 14 days on this visa.
The documentation required for the UK Tier 2 Visa includes:
- Having a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from an employer
- Salary and financial details
- Current passport and travel history
- Certifications proving your English skills
- Criminal record certificate
- Other supporting documents
The Tier 2 dependent visa is for children and partners of those who have come to the country on a Tier 2 visa or have applied for one.
The following persons qualify for a Tier 2 dependent visa:
Unmarried or same-sex partner
Children under the age of 18 at the time of application
Children over the age of 18 who are dependents
The partnership between spouses and partners should be genuine and they should plan to live together for the duration of stay in the country.
Tier 2 dependents have no recourse to public funds As such, in their application they must prove access to adequate financial means for the period of stay in the UK and if there are dependents, they must demonstrate an additional £ 630 available for each dependent.
The principal applicant and dependent must be at least 18 on the date of arrival in the United Kingdom, or when the visa is issued.
You must not be a previous holder of a UK visa for students, short-term study visa on or after April 2015 or have been given leave on or after April 2015 as a parent of a Tier 4 student (child).
Furthermore, you will have to qualify the general grounds for admission. You must have a clear history of immigration, with no case of overstaying. When your spouse or relative’s visa expires, you must have no intention to stay in the UK.
Tier 2 dependent visa applications may be made with the main Tier 2 visa application either simultaneously or later.
Regardless of when the applications are submitted, successful applicants will be given leave in accordance with the time of leave of the principal visa applicant.
The approval process can vary according to where the approval for a Tier 2 based visa is made.
As a holder of tier 2 dependent visas, you can:
Remain in the UK for the same period as the main tier 2 visa holder
Work, with limited exceptions
Study or take a postgraduate course, under certain conditions
Apply to extend your visa in compliance with the principal applicant, provided that you continue to meet the eligibility conditions. When the key visa holder has left the UK, you will not be eligible to apply for an extension.
You cannot access public funds, or work as a doctor in training, or as a dentist, or as a sports instructor for professionals
We can help you make the most of this opportunity with our end to end UK Tier 2 Visa support. Our services include:
- Immigration documents checklist
- Complete application processing
- Forms, documentation & application filing
- Updates & follow up
- Job search services
- Relocation and settling down support in the UK
Talk to us to learn how you can launch your career in the UK.