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Tier 2 General Visa

What do you need to know about Tier 2 General Visas?

Tier 2 General status are aimed at attracting applicants who are skilled workers.

This includes teachers, nurses and some engineers, who are deemed capable of filling long term skills shortages that cannot be filled by UK residents.

Legal guidance at a glance:

  • Advise on your Rights
  • Assessment of your Claim Free
  • Assessment of Good Character
  • Prepare documents in support of claim
  • Prepare your Naturalisation Application
  • Keep you informed of all developments

Tier 2 General Visa FAQs

These applicants may have a job offer from a business owner with a sponsor licence, they may be coming to the UK on an Intra-company transfer from a multi-national company, they may be a minister of religion or they may be a sports person.

In each of the above categories, a case must be made to demonstrate that the applicant is able to fulfil a role requiring a good level of skill, or that they are making a significant contribution to their industry or field.

You can apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa if: you’ve been offered specialist skilled employment in the UK and you are a national from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Your sponsor will have to be a UK Employer holding a licensed sponsor in the UK. Your sponsor will have to check that you can do the job they’re hiring you for and if it qualifies you for a visa. They’ll assign you a certificate of sponsorship to prove this.
 If you are a migrant in the UK wanting to work in the UK, the Tier 2 is the work permit route in the UK.

You must have seek advice to find out whether you are eligible to switch to the tier 2 general status in country.

You must leave the UK and make your Tier 2 (General) application from abroad if you’re not in currently in the UK in one of the following categories:
  • Tier 1 visa
  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa
  • Tier 2 (Minister of religion) visa
  • Tier 2 (Intracompany Transfer) visa under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2010 and you’re applying to change sponsor
  • Tier 4 visa – if you have an eligible qualification or you’ve done at least 12 months of a PhD.
You can also switch to a Tier 2 (General) visa if you’re: a dependent partner of someone with a Tier 4 visa a representative of an overseas business.

Tier 2 route can be approved for 3 years or 5 years, but the period of your visa will depend upon your employers needs.

The tier 2 general dependant visa is also referred to as the Points Based Dependant visa, given to the spouse, children of the main tier 2 general status holder. PBS visa holders will only be granted settlement if they were granted their visa for 5 years at the same time as the main tier 2 visa holder.

Yes, even if the Employer had no doubts, negligently employing an illegal worker, is not a defence.

The UK Employer  can commit a criminal offence if they knowingly employ an illegal worker or employ an illegal worker where they have reasonable cause to believe that the worker does not have the right to work in the UK.

Home Office guidance states that transferees have a certain “grace period” after the transfer in which to carry out the appropriate checks regarding the transferring employees’ immigration status.

To check a transferring employee’s right to work, the employer should, within the specified period following the transfer, check and retain a copy of either one document, or two in a specified combination, from the prescribed lists, taking reasonable steps to verify their authenticity.

From 28 January 2019, as an alternative to checking the employee’s documents in person, the employer may be able to use the Home Office online right to work checking service.

Where the transfer involves sponsored migrants there are further duties on the transferee (as well as on the transferor).

If you think that you or your applicant worker, may conform to Tier 2 General requirements and would like to know more about taking the next step, please contact us for a free consultation.

Shabana Shahab has acted for many employers in this area and is able to offer guidance and support today.

Call Status Solutions for Tier 2 General Guidance.

This guidance is to be used for all Tiers 2 and Tier 5 sponsor licence applications… Tier 2 (General): sponsors of shortage occupations – digital… Important notes about assigning a certificate of sponsorship to a contract. As these are only guidance notes, they are not law and you cannot challenge the Home Office on these notes if you have used them and your application is refused. The Decision Maker can still refuse your application only on Law.

Yes, if you are the employer, requiring advice on this call 01634 828288

Your UK Sponsor & Licence holder will assign a certificate (work permit) to you if you qualify to switch in-country; this is called an unrestrictive certificate of sponsor. If you have been offered employment as a national from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland and live outside these areas, you will be assigned a restrictive certificate of sponsor.

Tier 2 General Visa Advisor Reviews

See some of our reviews about Shabana Shahab, who will be your lead consultant, her wealth of experience and client management skills is a reflection of why many Tier 2 General Visa cases, have been successfully managed before the Home Office.

Majid Emad
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“I am very pleased with the outcome, I was at the edge of my seat, as were my staff for you, ” Shabana said with her voice full of excitement. It all started way back in 2015 when I was applying to switch from my tier 4 student to a tier 2 general visa. My employer and I had little or no experience with the tier 2 visa application process or requirements. We encountered a problem relating to the SOC code and its minimum salary requirements. Anxious and distressed about my application, I looked on google maps for the best OISC Regulated UK immigration experts around me. Status Solutions UK came up with very good reviews. Without a thought, I called the number. I was immediately put through to Shabana and I explained the situation to her. Shabana offered me verbal advice and pointed me in the right direction. When I turned around and passed this information to my employer, they requested to speak to Shabana as they needed to trust that the advice was coming from a professional party. Shabana called my employer and offered them verbal advice. My application was approved for 3 years and Shabana refused any fees for her time and effort. Fast forward to 2018, my tier 2 visa application extension was refused due to naivety on my and my employer’s part AGAIN. I had 14 days to leave the country and my visa had lapsed. Panic-struck, I remembered Shabana and the support she provided me with 3 years ago. I called up to speak to her and it felt like it was yesterday that we had spoken. Shabana vaguely remembered my application from 2015 and her phone call to my employer. I explained the situation to her and she knew exactly what I had done wrong with the application. She also had a plan of action within 30 mins of reading my refusal letter. Shabana, once again verbally advised myself and my employer her plan of action and what had to be done immediately to warrant my temporary right of stay in the UK. My application took six months, probably one of the longest application processing times. Shabana suggested what I could do to speed up my processing times and advised my company what they could do too. Once again, Status Solutions UK offered me free legal advice. On March 26, 2019 I received my approval letter and I couldn’t be more thankful for Shabana’s help and support. A few things to note about Status Solutions UK is that you won’t have to stay on hold for ages till you speak to someone with legal expertise. The reception staff are very friendly and also take the time to help you. Finally, there’s nothing in the immigration law Shabana doesn’t know about. She won’t beat around the bushes, she will say it like it is. Status Solutions UK saved my future and career by helping with my visa application.
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“Dear Status Solutions UK, thank you very much for sorting out my Tier 2 General visa. For reader, let me explain, I was in very deep waters when my employers got things wrong with my certificate of sponsor, I was served with removal orders and. Had the terrible task of signing on at the Removal Centre - London. I thought my work and life was about to end and I would have to face returning back home. After having lived and worked in the UK for over 8 years. I was very worried and dint understand why things were collapsing in front of my eyes and couldn’t.Understand the processes until my employers decided to instruct Shabana Shahab – of Status Solutions UK. Shabana Shahab explained in detail what had happened and why things had gone so terribly wrong, she outlined a plan of action, and also explained that there was.Absolutely no guarantee that the Home Office would change their mind. However, it was her honesty, integrity and calming communication skills that helped me to deal with.The nightmare I faced. Shabana Shahab was able to resolve my complicated matter. I cannot thank you enough for sorting this out, may I also add, that her staff at Status.Solutions UK treated me with the absolute care and compassion that one would expect when faced with the horror of a notice of removal from the UK…. Thanks to Ann….Alex and Shirley for always ensuring that I was able to voice my needs and concerns to Shabana, I was very impressed when I received responses to my concerns even.Out of hours…. So thank you once again. I recommend Status Solutions UK those that have lost hope and cannot find an honest, compassionate UK Immigration and Nationality Law Expert and to some extent “counsellor”. Good luck.'dinesh madhawa”.
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Sophie K
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Shabana and Status Solutions UK recently assisted us with a Tier 2 (General) Visa renewal. She offered clear, accurate and timely advice and was invested 100% in ensuring a successful outcome. I would definitely recommend using her for visa and immigration needs.
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Donovan Da Silva
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Once again a huge thank you to Shabana and all her staff. It was time to renew our Tier 2 work visa and once again the service was outstanding. From the calm professional manner in which everything was dealt with and all the advice we were given. When things got complicated and we started to panic Shabana's words to me were stop panicking look at my face when I start to panic you can. Once again we got our money's worth, service was excellent and professional. Once again a BIG thank you and we will be back for the team to do Our Leave to remain.
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Nikki More
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Shabana from Status Solutions was extremely efficient and very helpful throughout the process of helping us to successfully obtain two Tier 2 General Visas. Many thanks again for all your hard work and help!
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