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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:

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  • Assessment of your Claim Free
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  • 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.

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