Tier 2 (General) Visa


Tier 2 (General) is a skilled worker route for non-EEA nationals. You can apply for leave to enter or a leave to remain (if you are eligible to switch) as a Tier 2 (General) Migrant if you have been offered a skilled job in the United Kingdom.


Certificate of sponsorship:


You will need a certificate of sponsorship from your relevant sponsor and employer. A certificate of sponsorship is a reference number which holds information about the job and your personal details. It’s not an actual certificate or paper document. Your certificate of sponsorship is valid for 3 months from the date it is assigned to you, so you must make application within 03 months.


strong>You are eligible to apply for this visa if you:


  • • have a certificate of sponsorship reference number
  • • have been offered employment at an ‘appropriate’ salary
  • • have the required level of English
  • • have proof of £945 in savings, unless you’re exempt
  • • 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

Language requirement: In addition to this you must have passed a required English test at (normally) level B1 or above. You can claim exemption if you are from majority English speaking countries below:


  • • Antigua and Barbuda
  • • Australia
  • • the Bahamas
  • • Barbados
  • • Belize
  • • Canada
  • • Dominica
  • • Grenada
  • • Guyana
  • • Jamaica
  • • New Zealand
  • • St Kitts and Nevis
  • • St Lucia
  • • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • • Trinidad and Tobago
  • • USA

You can also claim points for language if you have an academic qualification that was taught in English and is recognised by UK NARIC as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD


Savings: You must have £945 in your bank account for 90 days before you apply, as maintenance funds. You can claim exemption from maintenance requirement if your sponsor is fully approved A rated and they have confirmed on your certificate of sponsorship that they will give you at least £945 to cover your costs for a month if you need it.


Criminal Record Certificate- update April 2017: You need to provide a criminal record certificate if you work in:


  • • education, for example teachers, education advisers and school inspectors
  • • healthcare, for example nurses, doctors, managers, pharmacists, dentists, ophthalmic opticians
  • • therapy, for example psychologists, speech and language therapists
  • • social services, for example social workers, managers, probation officers

This list is not exhaustive. You will need a certificate from any country you have lived in for 12 months or more in the last 10 years. Can I switch from another visa category? Yes, you may be able to switch in the Tier-2 (General) visa if you are already in the UK under one of the following visas:


  • • Tier 1 visa
  • • Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa
  • • Tier 2 (Minister of religion) visa
  • • Tier 2 (Intra company Transfer) visa under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2010 and you’re applying to change sponsor
  • • Tier 4 student visa
  • • a dependent partner of someone with a Tier 4 student visa
  • • a representative of an overseas business

How can we help:


Our team of dedicated professionals will provide you timely and accurate advice prior to making your application, so that you can put together all the relevant supportive evidence. Sometimes the irrelevant evidence can make things complicated because it confuses the Home Office case worker. We at Immigration Solicitors 4me, only submit the relevant and required evidence with the application together with a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet each of the criteria with specific reference to the evidence enclosed. Our representations are a ready material for the Home Office caseworkers considering your application and it makes their life easier. It reduces the decision-making time on your application and the result expectations are also positive. We provide these services at an affordable fee to suit your pocket.