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August 20, 2020

Tier 2 General Visa: Main Requirements of the visa

There are several requirements applicant need to be careful of while making the Tier 2 General Visa application.

Main requirements that applicant need to fulfil to make a Tier 2 visa application include:

  • Applicant should have an offer for a skilled job in the UK
  • The job offer should be from a UK employer holding a valid Tier 2 Sponsor Licence from UKVI
  • Applicant should be assigned with a valid certificate of sponsorship (CoS) number from their employer
  • Applicant’s job should pass the Resident Labour Market test (undertaken by their employer). In some cases, a Resident Labour Market test exemption can apply.
  • Applicant should be paid an appropriate salary for their job, above the minimum salary threshold of £20,800.
  • Applicant will need to satisfy English language requirement at least CEFR level B1 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Applicant will need to show maintenance funds of £945 to support themselves (You should have maintained the funds for a minimum of ninety days) unless applicant is exempt.
  • Applicant can learn more about these requirements under different headings below.

Certificate of Sponsorship for Tier 2 General Visa

A Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) required for Tier 2 Visa application is an electronic record that holds your personal and applicant’s job information. A CoS is not a certificate as in a paper document, it’s a digital certificate reference number. Employer will provide applicant with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) number that applicant will need to make a valid Tier 2 Visa application.

The Certificate of Sponsorship reference number is valid for three months from the date of the issue and the CoS reference number can only be used for one application.

Tier 2 General Visa Appropriate salary

You will need to be paid an appropriate rate for the job applicant has been offered by their UK employer. Applicant can check the appropriate rate for their job category in Home Office official codes of practice for skilled work document.


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Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong and Moscow and has expertise in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) and IMC.

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