United Kingdom - Work Skills & Ancestry - Tier 2 Work Permit Employment Visa
This Tier 2 Work Permit is based on a job offer from a UK-based employer who holds a sponsorship license. In addition to an offer of employment, you will need to meet the requirements of a points-based system (focused on qualifications, work experience and/or earning potential). In the first instance, a prospective sponsor will apply to the Home Office in order to be granted a license after successfully completing the Resident Labour Market Test.
When successfully licensed, a sponsoring company can apply for a number of certificates of sponsorship, which they can then present to the potential employees whom they intend to sponsor. Once a prospective employee has been allocated a certificate of sponsorship, he or she will be eligible to apply for UK entry clearance OR leave to remain in the UK (depending on their particular circumstances).
The Sponsored Worker (Tier 2 General) visa is issued for an initial period of three or five years (if it is three years, a further 2 years' extension is required). Upon successfully holding a Sponsored Worker (Tier 2 General) for a total of five years, individuals may be entitled to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). ILR entitles individuals to permanent residency in the UK, as well as visa-free travel to and from the UK. A tier 2 Work Permit holder can also sponsor their non-British relatives into the UK (and they may go on to also ultimately be eligible to apply for British Citizenship). Eligible dependents may also qualify to be included and upon obtaining the visa, may also work or study without any restrictions.