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. This employer must then issue you with a Certificate of Sponsorship.

There is an annual quota on Tier 2: General Certificates of Sponsorship (however, in recent years the quota has not been filled).

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 and 10 points for funds available to you.
  • You can check your eligibility for Tier 2 on the points-based calculator.

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!

If you need to expedite your visa let Nikki know!