Tier 2 General Visa
The Tier 2 General Work Visa is a route under the Points Based System which allows workers to undertake skilled employment in the UK.
You can apply for a Tier 2 General Visa if you:
- have been offered a qualifying skilled job in the UK
- the company has a valid Tier 2 Sponsor Licence
- have an ‘appropriate’ salary
- have the required level of English (CEFR level B1)
- you have £945 in your bank account for 90 days before you apply.
You need to have a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from a licensed Tier 2 Sponsor before you can apply. The work you do in the UK must relate to the work of your Sponsor organisation.
You may apply for a Tier 2 General Visa as a skilled worker who has been offered a qualifying job in the UK, by a company who has a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence.
You can come to the UK with a Tier 2 General visa for a maximum of 5 years and 14 days, or the time given on your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 1 month, whichever is shorter. Your stay must start no more than 14 days before the start date on your Certificate of Sponsorship. You can apply to extend this visa for up to another 5 years, as long as your total stay is not more than 6 years.
The Tier 2 General Visa route also applies to Dependent family members, so they can come with you to the UK on this visa.
The earliest you can apply is up to 3 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK.
If you would like to learn more about how we can help you with a Work Visa application, please contact QC Immigration today.
Can I apply for a Tier 2 (General) Work Visa?
You may apply for a Tier 2 (General) Work Visa if you meet the following requirements:
- You have been offered a skilled job in the UK.
- You are being paid an appropriate salary.
- You have sufficient personal savings so you can support yourself when you arrive in the UK.
- You have a Certificate of Sponsorship from a Licensed Sponsor.
Can I bring my family with me to the UK?
Yes, your family members (partner or children under 18) can join you as your dependants.
How long will it take to get a decision on my Tier 2 (General) Work Visa application?
You should get a decision on your Tier 2 General Work Visa application within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK, and slightly longer when applying from within the UK. We can advise you on the available Priority Services to fast-track the application.
How long can I stay in the UK under the Tier 2 General Work Visa?
The Tier 2 (General) Work Visa for 3 years, 5 years or the time given on your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 1 month. Thereafter, you may apply to extend your visa for up to another 5 years, as long as your total stay is not more than 6 years. Notably, after 5 years of living and working in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.