General (Tier 2)

General (Tier 2)

Tier 2 is part of a points-based system, which is for migrants from outside Europe. The Tier 2 (General) category is for foreign nationals who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the UK workforce that cannot be filled by a settled worker (permanent resident). For the year from 6 April 2013 to 5 April 2014, a maximum of 20,700 skilled workers can come to the

UK under Tier 2 (General) to do jobs with an annual salary below £152,100. There is no limit on the number of workers coming to the UK to do jobs with an annual salary of £152,100 or above.

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  • Requirements

    Points for eligibility are based on the following:

    • Certificate of Sponsorship (having passed the Labour Market Test)
    • Salary and allowances

    (These two are mandatory) and

    • English ability
    • Maintenance (Funds)

    Additional requirements apply to students and there are some grounds for refusal. Successful applicants from outside the UK can enter and stay in the UK under this visa for the length of time in the certificate, up to a maximum of 3 years plus 1 month.

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