Tier 2 Visa

With a Tier 2 visa, individuals can come to the UK temporarily to work in skilled roles.

We can help with this complex application.

Tier 2 visa

The Tier 2 (General) visa is for individuals with a job offer in the UK, and who are coming to fill a gap in the labour force that cannot be filled by someone already in the country.

Because the Tier 2 (General) visa can lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain, the category also makes provision for the spouses, partners and any dependent children to immigrate to the UK at the same time as the main Tier 2 applicant.

Given the global nature of competition for talent and skilled workers, it is important that skilled migrants looking to work in the UK are supported in achieving the relevant immigration status.

For skilled workers, with so much at stake, it is important to seek legal advice to understand the migration options available and that the Tier 2 is the correct route. 

Who is eligible for a Tier 2 visa?

To apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa, the individual must satisfy the following criteria:

  • They have a confirmed offer of employment from a licensed UK employer (sponsor).
  • They must score 70 points under the points based system.

What will applicants need to show to apply for a Tier 2 visa?

Tier 2 visa applicants must evidence:

  • Suitability for the role
  • The certificate of sponsorship (reference number)
  • An ‘appropriate’ salary for the role
  • The required level of English – usually at least CEFR level B1 or an academic qualification that was taught in English and is recognised by UK NARIC as being equivalent to a UK Bachelor’s degree
  • The required savings for the individual and any dependants if their approved (A’ rated) sponsor is not certifying maintenance

What you need to know about Tier 2 visas

Once the certificate of sponsorship is assigned by the employer, the individual can apply for entry clearance to the UK from their home country.

How we can help

At DavidsonMorris we support both individual clients and a wide range of commercial employers to help them meet their global mobility needs, including Tier 2 (General) visa applications on behalf of skilled employees.

As a team of immigration lawyers and former Home Office employees, we have an established reputation for effective and efficient management and processing of visa applications, and for providing expert visa-related advice. We also understand the stresses involved with moving across the world, and take great pride in playing a supportive role to ease the pressure.


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