General Eligibility Criteria for Tier 2 (General) visa
a certificate of sponsorship reference number
an ‘appropriate’ salary
the required level of English
You must also have £945 in savings – this is to prove you can support yourself. You must have had this in your bank account for 90 days before you apply, unless you’re exempt.
Sponsorship for your Tier 2 Visa
A certificate of sponsorship is a reference number which holds information about the job and your personal details, and is provided by your sponsor. You will need to add your reference number to your Tier 2 application form, and you can only use it once. (Your certificate of sponsorship is valid for 3 months from the date it’s assigned to you.) Click HERE for more information about sponsorship.
Appropriate salary The job you’re offered must pay £20,800 or more, unless your current or last permission to stay in the UK is as:
a Tier 2 (General) migrant before 6 April 2011
a Jewish agency employee
operational ground staff of an overseas-owned airline
a minister of religion, missionary or member of a religious order
a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation
a work permit holder
an unregistered nurse but your salary will be at least £16,271 while you’re doing your supervised practice or £21,478 after you have Nursing and Midwifery Council registration – and you’ll still be sponsored as a nurse by the same sponsor after you’re registered
Switching to this visa You can apply to switch from another visa to this visa as long as you do this before your current visa expires, and you satisfy the eligibility criteria. To find out more about switching, call us today.
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