The Tier 2 (General) visa is initially granted for up to 3 years. Applicant who is employed in the UK under the Tier 2 (General) visa, their permission to remain and work in the UK will be time limited. If they intend to remain in the UK after visa expiry, they will need to apply for further leave to remain, by way of a Tier 2 visa extension, which can be for a period of up to 2 years. If applicant is changing employers while remaining under Tier 2, they will also need to make an application on the basis of their new sponsor.
In order to extend leave, applicant must follow to the eligibility criteria under the visa category – that is, they are employed in a qualifying role for a sponsoring employer at the required salary level.
Applicant’s employer will also need to continue to meet its duties as a licensed sponsor – extension applications for a Tier 2 visa are known to trigger a Home Office review of the employer’s immigration compliance.
Applicant is permitted to submit your extension application up to 60 days before your current visa is due to expire.
For the extension, their employer will need to assign to applicant a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). Use this reference number to make their application to the Home Office for further leave to remain within 3 months of the date that the CoS was issued, or before your existing visa expires – whichever is sooner. If applying online, the application will not be submitted until applicant pay the visa application fee and the NHS Immigration Health surcharge. Importantly, your extension application can be only be made from within the UK. Applicant will need to submit their biometric information to confirm their identity.
If applicant is changing employer, their new employer will need to issue a new Certificate of Sponsorship, before they can apply make new visa application.
If applicant is changing roles but staying employed by the same sponsor, they may also need to make a change of employment application where:
There are some of the documents to demonstrate their continued work in the UK, including but not limited to:
When applying to extend applicant will need to continue to meet the salary threshold under the visa.
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