Skilled Worker (Tier 2) Visas in London
The UK Skilled Worker Visa, previously known as the Tier 2 Visa, allows individuals to come and work in the UK.
- The Skilled Worker (Tier 2) Visa Requirements include the individual finding a role with an approved employer, and having a certificate of sponsorship.
- Individuals can stay in the UK for up to 5 years on a Skilled Worker (Tier 2) Visa.
- Applicants can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 5 years.
- The visa costs range from £610 to £1,408 depending on your circumstances. Applicants must also pay a £624 (per year) healthcare surcharge, and prove that you have £1,270 available to support yourself in the UK if your employer cannot cover these costs.
Our team at Westkin are well practised in supporting individuals with their Tier 2 Visa applications, and now, with their Skilled Worker Visa applications. If you are uncertain, we can help to make the process easy for you.
Please get in touch by calling our office on 0207 118 4546 or sending us a message for help with your Skilled Worker (Tier 2) Visa application.
What is the Skilled Worker Visa?
Under the UK’s new immigration system, the previous Tier 2 ICT Visa route has become the Skilled Worker Visa route. The process is very similar to the previous Tier 2 system. To be eligible for the visa, applicants must work for a UK employer who has been approved by the Home Office, and must have a certificate of sponsorship from their employer.
Individuals must have a confirmed job offer before they can apply for the Skilled Worker (Tier 2) Visa. The job has some requirements, for example, it must be on the government’s approved list of eligible jobs. It must also pay a minimum salary of £25,600 per year.
Your employer will check that you meet the eligibility requirements and if you do, they’ll provide you with a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ to prove this. This is essential for gaining your Tier 2 ICT Visa. You may also need to showcase other documents as part of your application, including evidence of personal savings.
If you move to the UK on the Tier 2 Visa, your partner and children can apply to join you in the UK as dependents. You will need to provide evidence of your relationship when you apply, through documentation such as marriage certificates or evidence of a shared address. Your partner and children must also have available funds to support themselves whilst you’re in the UK. This is £285 for your partner, £315 for one child and £200 for each additional child.
Tier 2 Visas – Summary
Under the Tier 2 term, the UK licences a sponsorship process for skilled workers to come to the United Kingdom under a range of subcategories. These are:
- Tier 2 (General)
- Tier 2 Ministers of Religion
- Tier 2 Sports persons
- Tier 2 Intra- Company transfers
- Tier 2 General sponsored workers
Before UK companies can hire foreign nationals they will first need to obtain a Tier 2 sponsorship licence.
Once they have obtained the licence, the applicant will need to demonstrate they meet a number of key criteria:
- The applicant must have an offer from a company with licensing; and
- The applicant will need to have been provided with a certificate of sponsorship.
As well as obtaining the certificate of sponsorship, the applicant will also need to demonstrate evidence of the following:
- English language ability
- Maintenance funds
There are only certain instances where applicants can switch to the Tier 2 category whilst in the UK. In all other instances, applicants will be expected to make the application from their home country.
As there are so many different categories and each of which are subtly different in their own way, it is important that you seek the advice of specialists as incorrect applications submitted could have an adverse impact on your business. We will be able to advise on all of the requirements necessary in order for your business to meet its full potential.
Contact us today for further information on Tier 2 Visas on 0207 118 4546 or send us an enquiry.
Working for you to secure your Skilled Worker Visa
Our Skilled Worker clients benefit from a top class service at a fixed fee, meaning that all of our prices are transparent and upfront, helping your company budget accordingly for the legal fees.
Our team are experienced in assisting individuals who are looking for sponsorship in the UK. We aim to make the process simple for you, showing you how easy it can be to gain sponsorship and your Skilled Worker Visa. We work pro-actively to secure your Visa and to guide you through the process. Our industry leading experience ensures that we achieve the best results.
Our team also provide leading services for employers looking to sponsor overseas workers. We assist by providing a tailor-made service for each of our corporate clients. Our excellent service is central to assisting out Tier 2 visa applicants looking for work permits for the U.K. This means your company will benefit from an experienced Skilled Worker Visa team that builds an application around your business goals and objectives.
A word from our clients:
“I highly recommend this company. I have used them twice to apply for a Tier 2 visa, both times successfully. The service and advice given was very professional. Communication was prompt and effective. Peace of mind and excellent value for the fees paid.” – Dora Servina
Our teams respond to your Tier 2 sponsor needs ensuring a smooth, stress free process allowing your company to concentrate on business whilst we do the rest.
UK Skilled Worker (Tier 2) Visa Process
We offer Tier 2 Visa guidance to businesses’ on how they can hire skilled foreign nationals, so that they can reach their full business potential. With our skill, experience, and our high UK business visa approval rate for clients, we can ensure that the process is swift and stress-free and ensure the your Skilled Worker visa is granted as soon as possible.
Our service includes:
- Assisting with the preparation of the sponsorship licence
- Preparation of the visas for existing and new employees to transfer or come worth in the UK
- We can conduct mock audits to ensure your company is compliant
- We deal with any staff relocation matter.
- You will be looked after by our team of tier 2 specialists.
In the world of business, expertise is key. It gives companies the competitive regardless of the services that they provide. We believe that by choosing specialist immigration advisors our experience can help you to keep this competitive edge. By instructing a firm who have a significant amount of experience in dealing with Tier 2 visas, our clients can have peace-of-mind knowing that their case is being handled with efficiency and professionalism.
Skilled Worker (Tier 2) Visa fees
The home office fees include an application fee, healthcare surcharge and proof of savings to support yourself and dependents. Individuals who come to the UK to work jobs from the shortage occupations list will be eligible to pay lower fees.
Skilled worker visa costs:
- Application fee of £610 to £1,408 depending on your circumstances.
- Healthcare surcharge of £624 per year spent in the UK.
- At least £1,270 savings available to prove that you can support yourself while living in the UK.
- Funds to support any dependents brought to the UK with you (£285 for a partner, £315 for one child, £200 for each additional child)
Often, individuals require assistance from professionals when it comes to sponsorship for the Tier 2/Skilled Worker Visa. Our team are happy to assist you, and we pride ourselves in having full transparency when it comes to our fees. When we work with you, we ensure that you’re fully aware of our fees, and that you know exactly what you’ll be expected to pay as part of your application.
If you would like to discuss your case with us in more detail, please get in touch or call our office on 0207 118 4546 to speak to a member of our team.
Tier 2 Visa extensions and renewals
Individuals can stay in the UK on this visa catergory for up to 5 years. You can apply for an extension as many times as you like, as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements for the visa (i.e. you are still under sponsorship from an approved employer). Individuals will need to apply to update or extend their visa if they change jobs or when it expires.
After 5 years of holding the visa, you may be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK. This means you will be able to settle in the UK to live, work and study. Find out more about indefinite leave to remain.
Working as a National from the European Economic Area and Switzerland
For EEA and Swiss nationals, as part of the European Union that supports freedom of movement and labour, nationals of these countries are not required to have obtained a visa prior to coming to work and live in the UK..
Often is the case that such nationals from EU states will wish to confirm their status in the UK by way of applying for a registration certificate and permanent residence, and for those who are family or extended family members, they may wish to apply for the relevant family permits and residence cards too.
Under the EU provisions, family members and extended family members may also be eligible to come to the UK to work and settle, after 5 years, may qualify for permanent residence.
Our team of leading immigration experts are ready to handle your case and to advise you on all the relevant requirements for you and your family to enter remain and eventually settle in the UK with permanent residence. This route could even lead to a British passport, so feel free to contact us for an initial consultation over the telephone.
Skilled Worker Visa FAQ
How long is a Tier 2 Visa valid for?
The visa is valid for 5 years. If you want to stay in the UK for longer and still meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply to extend your visa.
Is this a temporary Visa?
The visa lasts for 5 years, so it does not grant you indefinite leave to remain in the UK. After 5 years, applicants can apply for settlement.
What’s the minimum wage for this visa catergory?
Tier 2 Visa holders must have a salary of at least £25,600 per year. If the ‘going rate’ for your job is higher than this, the minimum salary may be more.
Can Tier 2 Visa holders buy property in the UK?
Holders f this visa typer are allowed to buy property in the UK, and may be eligible to apply for a mortgage depending on the specific lender.
Can the visa be transferred to another company?
Applicants can transfer to other companies, as long as their new company meets the criteria of the visa and is able to provide sponsorship. If you change jobs, you should ensure that your visa is updated.
Can Tier 2 Visa holders vote in the UK?
To vote in UK general elections, you must be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, meaning holders of this visa catergory are not eligible to vote.
Can Tier 2 Visas be extended?
This visa can be extended after 5 years. There is no limit to the number of times you can extend your Tier 2 Visa.
What is the Tier 2 Visa age limit
There is no age limit for the UK Tier 2 Visa, however applicants under the age of 18 will need written consent from a parent or guardian to apply.
Whether you are an employer looking for a Tier 2 sponsor license or an employee needing help with your Tier 2 Visa and Work Permit call us today on 0207 118 4546 or send us a message.
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