This visa is for those who wish to work in the UK as a skilled worker.
To come to the UK under this visa you must be:
Offered a skilled job in the UK by an employer
You are a non-European citizen
For this type of visa you must be sponsored and have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) before you can apply to come to the UK to work.
The work you will do must correlate to what your certificate of sponsorship shows.
To be eligible you must have the following:
Your sponsor must be an A-rated one. Those companies that have a lower rating will need to raise it before they can accept employees. Taking a second job is possible under this visa. However, it can only be up to 20 hours and the same type of work as the main job.
If you are currently in the UK on a legal visa, you are allowed to switch into a Tier 2 (General) visa. The visas you can switch from are.
Tier 1, Tier 2 (conditions apply), Tier 4 and Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting).
For those who are students and would like to switch into a Tier 2 visa must have one of the following qualifications:
These recognitions must come from a UK recognised body or an institution that has a Tier 4 sponsor licence.
Those who hold a PhD must have completed at least 12 months of studies during the most recent stay in the UK and had permission to take the qualification.
Under this type of visa you are allowed to bring your dependant family members with you. A dependant can be any of the following:
Each dependant an applicant wishes to bring to the UK will add £630 to the initial requirement of £945.
For children that are born in the UK, it is possible to apply for permission for them to stay.
To be eligible for a possible extension after the initial 3 years (it is possible to receive a 5 year visa…
You can apply to extend your visa for up to 5 years, as long as your total stay is not more than 6 years
For a skilled worker to qualify for indefinite leave to remain in the UK, you will have to show:
It is possible to apply for a British Passport (naturalisation) after an additional one year of residence and if you have not left the country more than 90 days during the last 12 months before applying for the passport.
Can I apply without a sponsor
No, under this route you must have a sponsor prior to the application, as the reference number is required to prove legitimacy of your intentions.
Do I need to have any money
Yes and no, you must have £945 on account for 90 days prior to the application date. However, your A rated sponsor can provide you with the required maintenance amount if the two parties have agreed on it.
Can I work anywhere else
It is possible to work a second job. However, it must at the same occupation and level as your main job and it cannot be more than 20 hours per week. If you wish to switch employers completely you will have to reapply for the visa.
Is it possible to settle under this visa
Yes, you can settle under this visa….
Can I bring my family with me
Yes, you can bring your spouse, partner and children under18 to the UK (those who are over 18 must be in the UK already and apply from inside as dependants).
How long will the visa last
The visa is granted for up to 5 years. However, people who get a 3-year visa can extend ….
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