General work visa (Tier 2)

General work visa (Tier 2)

The Tier 2 visa is the main UK visa route for skilled workers coming to the UK to take up employment, usually paying a salary of at least £20,800 per annum for “new entrants” and £30,000 for “experienced workers”. In order to apply for this visa you must have a job offer and a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid Tier 2 sponsor licence. Unless earning £159,600 per annum, shareholding in the UK business by the applicant is limited to ten percent. One bit of good news is that since 6 October 2019 many more occupations have been added to the Shortage Occupation List. Therefore processing times for a Tier 2 visa should be significantly reduced for many.

and you can stay Up to 5 years and 14 days, or up to one month after the period stated on your certificate of sponsorship (whichever comes first), and up to 6 years with extensions. If you apply for a Tier 2 visa in the UK as a “new entrant” the maximum initial period you can extend the visa by is three years and one month. After three years and one month as a Tier 2 General visa holder as a new entrant, you will have to be paid the experienced worker rate to extend your tier 2 visa. In most cases Tier 2 visa applicants would have applied for three years as a new entrant.

A Tier 2 Worker who wish to leave their job and work for a new employer will need a new Tier 2 visa. The new employer will need a Tier 2 Sponsor Licence and will most likely have to do the Resident Labour Market Test

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