Tag: Tier 2 Visa

tier 2 visa

In fact, the points-based (PBS) Tier 2 visa enables UK employers to employ nationals from outside the resident workforce to fill particular jobs which a settled worker can fill. However, a skilled worker in any Tier 2 category must not displace a suitable settled worker in the UK.

What is the background and types of UK Tier 2 visa?

Perhaps, the UK Government launched the PBS Tier 2 visa for sponsored skilled workers in November 2008. And since then Tier 2 General is the main visa category for bringing skilled non-EU/EEA workers to the UK. However, the Tier 2 policy guidelines and Immigration Rules incorporate various protections for resident workers. For instance, the requirement of conducting a resident labour market test (RLMT) before hiring a foreign worker.

At present, there are four categories of Tier 2 visa:

  1. General for skilled worker and short occupations
  2. Intra-company transfer (ICT) for long term staff and graduate trainees
  3. Sportsperson
  4. Minister of Religion

Tier 2 General visa for skilled workers and shortage occupations

Apparently, one can apply for a Tier 2 General visa if he/she has an offer of a skilled job that a resident settled worker cannot fill. And this category includes applicants coming to the UK to fill shortage occupations. In fact, this is the most active and popular category of PB Tier 2 visa. And when we commonly talk about the UK work visa or work permit, we are actually referring to Tier 2 General visa.

Perhaps, one can apply for a General worker visa if he/she has a job offer i.e. Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). However, for successfully applying for the UK Tier 2 general visa, an applicant needs to score 70 points:

  1. 30 points for an assigned CoS as per Appendix A of the Immigration Rules, which meets the requirements of:
    • a resident labour market test (RLMT) exemption; or
    • a resident labour market test (RLMT) by the sponsor; or
    • an extension – continuing to work in the same occupation for the same sponsor
  2. 20 points for the Appropriate Salary
  3. 10 points for English language skills
  4. 10 points for Maintenance funds

Intra-company transfer visa

Apparently, the Tier 2 intra-company transfer visa enables an existing employee of a multinational company to work or get training in its UK branch for a specific vacancy that a settled or EEA worker can not fill either on a long term basis or for frequent short visits.

In fact, at present, there are only 2 sub-categories of Intra-Company Transfer visa i.e. Lont Term Staff and Graduate Trainee. Perhaps, the Tier intra-company transfer visa for skill transfer and short-term staff discounted on April 6, 2017.

Quite clearly, the ICT is a points-based visa. However, In fact, there is no requirement for proving the English language. Accordingly, for successfully applying for the intra-company transfer visa, an applicant needs to score 60 points:

  1. 30 points for an assigned Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
  2. 20 points for the Appropriate Salary
  3. 10 points for Maintenance funds

Sportsperson

Certainly, the Tier 2 Sportsperson visa is only for an elite sportsperson or coach whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of sport at the highest level in the UK. Moreover, for successfully applying for the Sportsperson visa, an applicant needs to score 70 points:

  • 50 points for an assigned Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
  • 10 points for the English Language – CEFR Level A-1 or above
  • 10 points for Maintenance funds

Please note for Sportsperson visa there is no requirement for the Appropriate Salary.

Minister of Religion

Finally, the Minister of Religion visa is only for those migrants who intend to undertake preaching and pastoral work, Missionary, or Member of a Religious Order, and in each case are taking up employment or a post/role within his/her faith community in the UK. Accordingly, for successfully applying for the Minister of Religion visa, an applicant needs to score 70 points:

  • 50 points for an assigned Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
  • 10 points for the English Language – CEFR Level B-2 or above
  • 10 points for Maintenance funds

Please note for Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa there is no requirement for the Appropriate Salary.

Moreover, for case processing and representation contact specialist UK immigration solicitors for reapplications, appeals, administrative and judicial review.

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