A Tier 2 General visa offers opportunities for skilled, non-EEA citizens, to live and work in the UK.
Entry clearance requirements
Tier 2 General visa minimum salary threshold
Amongst other requirements, employers sponsoring individuals must meet the minimum salary threshold requirement.
The threshold depends on:
For Tier 2 General new entrants, the threshold is currently £20,800 per year, or the appropriate specified new entrant SOC rate for the job, whichever is the higher.
A new entrant is a person who was under 26 years old on the date they applied, or the applicant qualifies under the post-study work provisions (switching from Tier 4 from within the UK after successfully completing their studies) and is exempt from the resident labour market test, or the resident labour market test was met under the provisions for new graduate jobs or internships.
For Tier 2 General experienced workers, the current minimum salary threshold is at least £30,000 or the appropriate specified SOC rate for the job, whichever is the higher.
If the applicant is needed for more than 3 years, the salary must be considered under the experienced worker level.
When considering the minimum salary, the number of working hours should be taken into account. This can become very important when the worker is paid the exact minimum salary. The minimum salaries are based on a 39-hour working week. So, if the worker is contracted to work more than 39 hours a week, the salary must be adjusted to meet the minimum salary threshold.
Indefinite leave to remain
Minimum salary thresholds apply if the visa holder wants to successfully apply for indefinite leave to remain. The threshold ranges between £36,200 to £40,100, depending on when the applicant applies between 2020 and 2024.
There is an annual limit on the number of certificates of sponsorship available under Tier 2 General visa. However, certain applications are exempt from this limit.
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