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Tier 2 Work Visa

Coming to the UK to Work

There is a wide range of jobs in the UK that are available to overseas workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) with a UK work visa. Some are on the Shortage Occupation List and are in high demand. Others are in other high level occupations such as engineering, teaching and IT. Similarly, some are jobs linked to overseas companies with branches in the UK.

The Tier 2 (General) Visa is for those who come to the UK to work in a variety of jobs. If you want to join them you will need:  

  • A job offer at the right salary from an employer who has a licence to 'sponsor' workers from abroad. 
  • A job which is in a category considered highly skilled
  • Savings of £945 or be financially supported initially by the employer 
  • An English Language test pass at level B1 or a degree taught in English 

The Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Visa is for those transferring from a job with an overseas company to another branch of the same company in the UK. You will need to meet the same requirements as the Tier 2 (General) Visa, but the  job offer must come from a UK company linked to your current employer.

Working with us on your UK Work Visa application

We can advise on, prepare and submit the application for the Tier 2 Visa. We often work alongside employers who hold sponsorship licences to bring people into the UK whose skills are needed here.   

If you are an individual with a job offer, we will check everything is properly in place so that your Tier 2 Application goes through smoothly. We will not make the application if we think there is a problem and we will work with you to solve any problems that may arise.

How does the process work?

We prepare the application, and ensure all the evidence is correct and complete. After that, we then submit the application and evidence. You will then visit a visa application centre in your country to give your fingerprints and have a photo taken. You will hand in your passport. It takes a couple of weeks to get a decision from the Home Office. Finally, once you have your visa, you can start your journey to the UK.

We have a wealth of experience in making Home Office applications on behalf of people living overseas. In addition, our fixed fee includes providing you with advice and answering your questions throughout the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a job offer from a company in the UK.  How do I know they have a licence to sponsor overseas workers?

The employer must issue you with a 'Certificate of Sponsorship' number (CoS) with your job offer. If you are not given this number, you cannot make your application to come to the UK, and it is unlikely that the employer has a licence to sponsor.

Can I live here permanently on a UK Work Visa?

After five continuous years in the UK on a Tier 2 (General) Visa, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (settlement) which allows you to live permanently in the UK. This is not the case with Tier 2 (ICT) Visas - these do not lead to settlement.

Can I bring my family to the UK with me?

Yes - you can bring children and partners with you.

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Coming to the UK to Work
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