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 a points based system focused on qualifications and or work experience, as well as earning potential. In the first instance, a prospective sponsor will apply to the Home Office in order to be granted a license.
When successfully licensed, a sponsor can apply for a number of certificates of sponsorship, which they can then present to the people 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.
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The requirement for this visa is to score a minimum of 70 points from the following three categories:
- 50 points for attributes (including sponsorship, qualifications and prospective earnings);
- 10 points for English language; AND
- 10 points for available maintenance (or funds)
1. PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
The 50 points must be score from the following personal attributes:
- Certificate of Sponsorship (a Job Offer): 30 points
- Future Expected Earnings: £20,500k or more is worth 20 points.
2. ENGLISH LANGUAGE
A mandatory 10 points is awarded if your level of English is deemed of an acceptable level. It is closest to level B1 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference. There are three ways that you can score points for English language. You can:
- be a national of a majority English speaking country (they are Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; United States of America); OR
- pass an English language test on the list of approved English language tests; OR - hold a degree that was taught in English and is equivalent to a United Kingdom bachelor's degree or above. You can also meet the English language requirement and score points without having to send further evidence if:
- you have been given permission to stay in the past under the highly skilled worker or entrepreneur categories of tier 1; or
- you were given permission to stay under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme after 7 November 2006;
- you were given permission to stay in the past under tier 2 (and have already given us your evidence that you meet the English language requirement) and are applying to extend your stay;
- you are applying under the transitional arrangements;
- you are applying because you have changed jobs and:
- have already given us your evidence that you meet the English language requirement under tier 2; or
- you have been given permission to stay in the past as a minister of religion on or after 23 August 2004.
3. MAINTENANCE OR FUNDS
You will earn 10 points if you can show that you have enough funds in personal savings and are able to support yourself for the entire length of your stay in the United Kingdom. The 10 points will be awarded if you are applying for permission to stay in the United Kingdom (known as 'leave to remain') AND have:
- £945 in available funds that you have had in your bank account for three months before the date you apply; OR
- your certificate of sponsorship from an A-rated sponsor confirms that you will not claim benefits while in the United Kingdom. Your sponsor should send a letter saying they will maintain and accommodate you until the end of the first month you are here.
Any dependents who want to join you must also give evidence that they have enough funds.
SPONSORED WORKER (TIER 2 GENERAL) VISA ENTITLEMENTS
The Sponsored Worker (Tier 2 General) visa is issued for an initial maximum period of three (3) years. Upon successfully holding a Sponsored Worker (Tier 2 General) for a total of five (5) 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. ILR holders may also be able to sponsor their non-British relatives into the UK and may 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.