Applying for a Tier 2 Visa in the UK

Applying for a visa can be confusing, even with the help of immigration solicitors. To help your application, we have summarised the basics for when to apply for a Tier 2 visa and what you need to do.

When would I apply for a Tier 2 Visa?

You can apply for a Tier 2 visa from in, or outside the UK if you have been offered a skilled job position in the UK, and are not from a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. Alongside your job offer, your employer must also be willing to sponsor your application. To do so they must either hold, or apply for, a sponsorship licence before your Visa application. Successfully acquiring a Tier 2 visa allows you to remain in the UK for up to three years and one month, but this can be extended afterwards. If you choose to change employment during this time you will need to apply for a new Tier 2 visa following the same process as the first.

What are the requirements?

Maintenance fund – Unless exempt (speak to our immigration solicitors for more information), you will need to prove you have at least £945 available and have not gone below this figure in the previous 90 days.

Salary – Your salary must be at least £20,800 and comparable to other salaries for the role offered.

English Language – You must either pass an approved English language test, hold an academic qualification equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree (or higher) taught in English, are a national of one of the listed majority English speaking countries or have previously met this requirement in a previous visa application.

How do I apply?

To apply for a Tier 2 visa you will need to complete an online application before attending a visa application centre to provide your fingerprints and photograph. Decisions for applications typically take three weeks but can be shorter for those applying to work in high demand roles.

If you are applying for a Tier 2 visa and would like assistance from our immigration solicitors, please contact Julia & Rana Solicitors on 0207 112 8818 for a free initial consultation.


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