How Can I Apply for a Tier 2 (General) Visa?
You can apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa if:
- you’ve been offered a skilled job in the UK; and
- you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland; and
- you have a Certificate Of Sponsorship (COS) reference number from a licensed sponsor. The work you do in the UK must relate to the work of your sponsor organisation; and
- You must have an ‘appropriate’ salary; and
- You must have the required level of English, unless exempted; and
- You must have proof of £945 in savings, unless exempted; and
- You must provide a criminal record certificate from any country you’ve lived in for 12 months or more in the last 10 years, if you’ll be working with vulnerable people such as in the healthcare or education sector, for instance.
How long will the visa application take to be processed?
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you’re due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK. There are also options available for fast-track services, if you want to expedite your application, depending on where you are applying from.
How Much Are the Visa Fees?
The visa fees vary depending on where you are applying from, who is applying (Sponsor and/or dependants), the type of visa, (entry clearance or extension), and how long your Sponsorship is for, i.e. whether less or more than 3 years. Apart from the visa fees, there are also other costs involved such as the healthcare surcharge, and the biometric data charge.
How long can I stay in the UK?
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.
What supporting documents do I need to provide?
In support of your application, some of the documents you’ll need to provide include:
You’ll need to provide a certified translation of any documents that aren’t in English or Welsh. You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.
- a current passport or other valid travel identification; and
- Recent bank statements showing you’ve had at least £945 in savings continuously over the last 90 days, or your sponsor’s certification that they can support and accommodate you for the first month you’re employed; and
- proof that you meet the English requirement; and
- your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test
Criminal record certificate:
If you apply on or after 6 April 2017, you’ll need to provide a criminal record certificate if you work in one or some of the following sectors:
- education, for example teachers, education advisers and school inspectors; or
- healthcare, for example nurses, doctors, managers, pharmacists, dentists, ophthalmic opticians; or
- therapy, for example psychologists, speech and language therapists; or
- social services, for example social workers, managers, probation officers
You’ll need a certificate from any country you’ve lived in for 12 months or more in the last 10 years.
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