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Tier 2 Application Guidelines
Tier 2 of the new Points Based System has replaced the old Work Permits system. It is designed for skilled workers to come to the United Kingdom to work and to fill current labour shortages.
There are three categories under this system:
All applicants under Tier 2 require a licensed sponsor. For more information on sponsorship, please see our guidelines on Employer Sponsorship Licence.
Visas will be issued for 3 years under this scheme.
How are Points Scored?
Applicants must score 70 points to qualify.
Job has meet Resident Labour Market Test
Bachelors or Masters Degree
£17,000 - £19,999
£20,000 - £21,999
£22,000 - £23,999
£800 + £533 for each dependant
If applicant is from English Speaking Country
Degree taught in English
Supporting documentation required:
Certificate of Sponsorship (ALL applicants)
Applicants will need to enter their Certificate of Sponsorship reference number on their application form.
Documentary evidence for those with an academic or professional/vocational qualifications
Original academic certificate showing:
Documentary evidence for English language tests
In order to meet this requirement, applicants will need to produce an original test result certificate showing:
Maintenance (Funds) (all applicants)
If applicants are relying on their own funds:
The evidence to support personal savings of £800 for at least three months must be original on the official letter-headed paper or stationery of the organisation and have the official stamp of that organisation. It must have been issued by an authorised official of that organisation. Evidence must be in the form of cash funds. Other accounts or financial instruments such as shares, bonds, pension funds etc, regardless of notice period are not acceptable. If applicants wish to rely on a joint account as evidence of available funds, they must be named on the account along with one or more other named individual. All evidence must be dated no more than one month before the application is submitted.
Applicants should provide one or more of the following:
Building Society/Savings Account pass books
These should clearly show:
Personal bank or Building Society statements covering the 3 month period immediately before the application Letters from a bank or regulated financial institution
Letters which show the balance in the account on a particular day will not be accepted as these documents do not show that they hold enough funds for the full period needed.
If a sponsor is certifying maintenance
The applicant must provide a letter from the A-rated sponsor, which can be posted, faxed or scanned and emailed to the applicant. This must be on official letter-headed paper or stationery of the organisation and signed by a senior official and must show:
The visa will be issued for a maximum period of three years and one month, or the period given in the Certificate of Sponsorship plus one month, whichever is the shorter.
For more information on applying under this visa category, please contact one of our immigration consultants.
02 Jul 2018
04 Apr 2018