The Tier 2 (General) Skilled Worker category is for people coming to the UK with a skilled job offer to fill a gap in the workforce that cannot be filled by a settled worker. Our immigration barristers & lawyers can assist with Tier 2 (General) Skilled Worker visa applications and appeals. The legal requirements for skilled workers to be granted a visa are detailed below.
You can apply under the Tier 2 (General) Skilled Worker category now if you are:
- applying for permission to enter the United Kingdom (known as 'entry clearance') under the Tier 2 (General) Skilled Worker category;
- in the United Kingdom with permission to stay (known as 'leave to remain') in an immigration category that allows you to switch into the Tier 2 (General) Skilled Worker category;
- already in the United Kingdom as a Tier 2 (General) Skilled Worker Migrant and want to extend your permission to stay within your existing category.
Before you apply under the Tier 2 (General) Skilled Worker category, you must have:
- a sponsor; and
- a valid certificate of sponsorship.
When you apply you will be awarded points based on your:
- future expected earnings;
- English language skills; and
- available maintenance (funds).
Your spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner and / or children may also be able to apply as your dependents.
The UK Border Agency changes the requirements of the Points Based System regularly and if you are refused leave to remain under the Points Based System and you appeal, you will only be able to rely on evidence that you submitted with your original application; you cannot introduce new evidence. It is therefore important that any application for a Tier 2 (General) Skilled Worker visa is prepared carefully.