Tier 2 visas are available to skilled migrants who wish to come to the UK to take up a job they have been offered by an employer who can sponsor their visa application. There are four categories of skilled worker that can apply for a Tier 2 visa:
If you are a business looking to become a sponsor for a Tier 2 migrant see our section on obtaining a sponsorship licence.
In order to meet the requirements for any Tier 2 category visa, you must be able to show that you:
If you meet all the above criteria, you will be granted 50 points under the PBS. The further 20 points to make up the required score of 70 will be given for the English language and Maintenance requirements. You must score 10 points in each of these categories to be granted any visa in the Tier 2 category.
If you have been offered a job in the UK and your employer has agreed to sponsor your visa application, you will be able to enter and work in the UK on a Tier 2 (General) visa provided you meet all the requirements and have a score of at least 70 under the PBS. The requirements are specified here and you can calculate the number of points you have using our Points Calculator.
In addition to the standard Tier 2 requirements, you will have to show that you will be paid a minimum salary of £24,000 per year to qualify for a General visa. The amount you are paid must be in line with industry norms.
Our immigration team have extensive experience in submitting successful Tier 2 applications and can advise on your eligibility, which documents you should provide in support of your application and how you can confirm your employer has a Tier 2 sponsorship licence.
If you are coming to the UK to fill a role in your faith community, either as a teacher, missionary, pastoral carer or if you are joining a religious order, you will be able to come the UK on a Tier 2 (Ministry of Religion) visa.
If you can show that you are a member of the international elite sporting community and you are coming to the UK to work as a sportsperson for a sponsoring organisation you will be able to come and work in the UK on a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa.
If you work for a multi-national company and you want to work in their UK branch, you will have to apply for a Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) visa. To be eligible for this visa you will need to demonstrate that, within the company, you represent one of the following: