Tier 2 Visas

Sponsored Migrants – skilled workers sponsored by an employer

Tier 2 of the Points Based System is for those with job offers in the UK who are filling a position that cannot be filled by someone already settled in the UK.

Tier 2 has four categories:

  • General – those with an offer of a skilled job that can’t be filled by someone already in the UK
  • Intra-Company Transfer – those employed by a multi-national company who are being transferred to a UK branch of the same company
  • Sportsperson – for elite sportspersons or coaches
  • Ministers of Religion – for those taking up a role within your faith community in the UK, including Missionaries and Members of a Religious Order.

You must have a job offer from an employer who is registered with the UK Border Agency as a Tier 2 sponsor. The employer may need to demonstrate that they have advertised the job in a specific way and have been unable to find anyone qualified to fill the position from within the existing UK labour market.

There is an annual quota on Tier 2: General Certificates of Sponsorship.

To be eligible for Tier 2 of the Points Based System you must score:

  • 50 points under ‘Attributes’ – points are earned for the Certificate of Sponsorship, plus having an appropriate salary level for Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra-company transfer)
  • 20 points under ‘Controls’ – 10 points for English language skills (not required for Intra-Company Transferees) and 10 points for funds available to you.

If you have a job offer from a Tier 2 sponsor but do not want to risk a refusal of your visa, why not use Nikki de Prey’s expertise and inside knowledge to get it right first time? She’d love to work with you!

About Nikki de Prey

de Prey Consulting is an immigration consultancy based in Edinburgh, UK. Nikki advises clients on the variety of visa applications for entering or remaining in the UK. For more information read about her background in About dPC.