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What is a Tier 2 General Visa?

The Tier 2 Visa is an employment visa granted to individuals who are sponsored by employers within the UK. The employers are required to have sponsorship licence in order to sponsor foreign migrants as employees from inside or outside the UK.

The employer or sponsor needs to issue a certificate of sponsorship to the migrant employee. In some cases the certificate of sponsorship can only be issued after the advertising also known as resident labour market test, which is done for a period of 28 days.

The Tier 2 Visa is divided into 4 categories:

  • Tier 2 General
  • Tier 2 ICT – Long term, Short Term, Established Staff, Skill transfer and Graduate Trainee
  • Tier 2 Sportsperson
  • Tier 2 Minister of Religion

Points Required for a Tier 2 General Visa

You need a total of 50 points or more in order to qualify under this category:

  • 30 points are to be sponsored under sponsorship section.

  • 10 points under English Language section.

  • 10 points under the maintenance section.

The points are awarded for sponsorship as following:

Conditions Points
If job is under the shortage occupation list 50
If job has met Resident labour market test 30
If you are switching from Tier 4 or PSW programme 30

Prospective Earnings

The minimum salary requirement under this category is £20800.00 However the salary should still be according to Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes if higher than £20,800.


Maintenance

You should have £945 in available funds, which have been in your bank account for last 90 days before the date of your application OR alternatively your sponsor can certify your maintenance on the Certificate of Sponsorship.


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