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January 20, 2020

Tier 2 (ICT) Visa Entry Clearance: Guidelines & General Requirements

There few options of obtaining working visa in the UK, however the most suitable for employer who has tier 2 sponsorship licence is to bring employee via Tier 2 General Visa or Tier 2 (ICT) Intra-Company Transfer Visa if member of staff already employed in overseas office of the company.

There are few general questions applicants usually ask Immigration Lawyers:

  1. What is the minimum skill level applicant required to have?

The Certificate of Sponsorship must confirm that the job is at RQF level 6 as stated in the codes of practice or the job is a creative sector occupation skilled to RQF level 4.

  1. Which documents required in order to submit Tier 2 ICT visa application?

There are several documents need in order to prepare and submit strong application, you can find list some of them below:

  • Certificate of Sponsorship reference number
  • Payslips
  • Personal Bank Statements
  • Full birth certificate or full certificate of adoption (if any)
  • Letter from sponsor/employer
  • Other documents of employment
  1. What is cooling off period?

Cooling off period is split into 2 different sub-categories, Graduate Trainee, which will be granted for no longer than 12 months and the applicant must leave the country and can apply for ICT again after 12 months; and Long Term Staff, which will be granted for no longer than 5 years and the applicant must leave the country and can apply for ICT again after 12 months in general terms, however there are other options, you can ask our immigration lawyers in order to learn more.

  1. Can Applicant extend the visa or/and get ILR?

Applicant can be qualified for settlement/ILR after continuous 5 years stay in country includes period of leave as:

  • a Tier 2 ICT Migrant granted under the Rules in place before 6 April 2010 or
  • a Work Permit Holder, provided that the work permit was granted because the applicant was the subject of an Intra-Company Transfer.
  1. What is minimum salary threshold for an Applicant?

Salary threshold of Graduate Trainee is £23,000 of the appropriate rate for the job, whichever is the higher; Salary threshold of Long-Term Staff is £41,500 of the appropriate rate for the job, whichever is the higher.

  1. How long it takes to receive a decision from Home Office?

Applicant can get a decision on standard application process time after 3 weeks of submitting application to UKVI.

  1. Can applicant apply via using Priority or Super Priority service?

Applicant can apply for Tier 2 ICT Visa Application by using Priority service paying £500 extra they will get decision within 5 working days, moreover they can use Super Priority service paying £800 extra and obtaining decision up to 2 working days.


You can request 15 minutes free consultation from our immigration lawyers; it will be conducted over the phone only.

Mann’s Solutions is international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul and St Petersburg 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).

For further information or to discuss your personal circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at or call +44 207 993 63 46.