London Solicitor Tier 2 (General)
There are specific rules for applying for a Tier 2 (General) visa.
This route enables UK employers to recruit workers from outside the EEA to fill a particular vacancy that cannot be filled by a British or EEA worker.
This application is points based and has very stringent requirements which must be met. You will require 70 points for a Tier 2 (General) application to be successful.
There is a limit (presently 20,700) of Tier 2 (General) visas approved annually, although this quota does not apply if your salary is £153,500.00.
You can apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa if:
- You have been offered a skilled job in the UK;
- You are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland;
- You are over 16.
You must also have:
- a certificate of sponsorship reference number—this is a reference number which holds information about the job and your personal details which will be provided to you by your employer;
- an ‘appropriate’ salary – £20,800.00 or more (some exceptions apply);
- the required level of English;
- £945.00 in savings, unless your sponsor is full approved (A Rated).
The list of relevant posts at the appropriate skill level is set out at Appendix J of the Immigration Rules.
English Language Requirement
The applicant must provide specified evidence that they:
- are a national of a majority English speaking country listed in paragraph GEN.1.6.;
- have passed an English language test in speaking and listening at a minimum of level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages with a provider approved by the Secretary of State;
- have an academic qualification recognised by UK NARIC to be equivalent to the standard of a Bachelor's or Master's degree or PhD in the UK, which was taught in English; or
- are exempt from the English language requirement under paragraph E-ECP.4.2.
The applicant is exempt from the English language requirement if at the date of application:
- the applicant is aged 65 or over;
- the applicant has a disability (physical or mental condition) which prevents the applicant from meeting the requirement; or
- there are exceptional circumstances which prevent the applicant from being able to meet the requirement prior to entry to the UK.
Please note that you will also need to pay the medical surcharge as part of an application for a Tier 2 (General) visa.
If successful, you can stay in the UK for a period of five years as long as your total stay does not exceed 6 years.
There may be further requirements to meet depending on your specific circumstances.
Please call us for more information and/or advice on 020 8004 9199 / 0208 679 5100 or alternatively, on 07724 513 822 or send us an email to see how we can help you.
At MFI Law Limited Solicitors, our Immigration Solicitors are passionate about the work they do on behalf of their clients. They are able to deal with a wide range of matters concerning Tier 2 based categories. Whether it is an application for entry clearance or leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain, our Immigration Solicitors can help you.
Our Immigration Solicitors have the experience and expertise to handle any applications concerning Tier 2 based categories. At MFI Law Limited Solicitors, we will endeavour to ensure that your application is prepared carefully in accordance with the relevant Immigration laws including Appendix FM and that is submitted to the Home Office in a timely manner.
How we can help you
For a majority of our immigration matters, we charge a fixed fee.
It is our usual practice to require any fees that are payable for work to be done on your behalf to be paid in advance before any work is carried out. This means that you must pay before any work is started, including applications that need to be submitted to the Home Office or for any appeals that need to be lodged with the First‐tier Tribunal.
However, we do understand that not everyone will be able to pay in this manner. That is why we offer flexible payment options for individual clients.
For a confidential consultation to speak with us about how we can help you about your immigration matter, please call us on 020 8004 9199 / 0208 679 5100 or alternatively, on 07724 513 822 or send us an email.
We are happy to discuss your immigration matter with you over the telephone initially so that you can decide before what you want to do or how you wish to proceed. If you are interested in seeking more information and/or advice and want to see us for an appointment in person, we ask for an initial payment on account of £150.00 to be made in advance to us after which an appointment is arranged with one of our Immigration Solicitors.
If you do instruct us and proceed ahead with the making of any application or appeal, this initial payment will be taken off the cost of the matter that we deal with on your behalf. However, in the event that you do not proceed and instruct us on any matter, then the initial payment will cover the cost of the appointment and will be non‐refundable.