Tier 2 General Visa
Main eligibility requirements for a Tier 2 visa
Applicant have a job offer in the UK from an employer that holds a Tier 2 Sponsor License
Applicant must demonstrate competence in the English language to at least CEFR Level B1 (equivalent to IELTS 4.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking)
The job is on the Home Office’s list of skilled occupations, and applicant will be paid a minimum salary of £30,000 (£20,800 for some applicants) or the minimum for the exact job, whichever is higher
The job offer is at least graduate level or a specified creative profession
Applicant must have enough additional funds to support themselves without relying on public funds
Settlement – ILR
Applicant can settle permanently in the UK after being in the Tier 2 General category for 5 years, and if they have been in the UK in certain other immigration categories, they may be able to combine the time spent to count towards settlement.
If applicant have held a Tier 2 visa in the last 12 months, they may be subject to a ‘cooling off period’. They will not normally be able to apply to re-enter the UK in this category from overseas during this period.