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If you have received an offer of employment in the United Kingdom from a licensed sponsor and you are a national of a country outside the EEA or Switzerland (except Turkey), you will need to apply under Tier 2 of the points-based system.


Categories of Tier 2 

There are four categories of the skilled worker under the points-based system:

Tier 2 (General)

Tier 2 (Minister of religion)

Tier 2 (Sportsperson)

Tier 2 (Intra company transfer)


The main criteria to qualify for a Tier 2 (General), you will need to prove that:   

  • You have attained a job offer in the UK from an employer that holds a valid Tier 2 Sponsor License.
  • The job is for the skilfull activity and at least graduate level or a specified creative profession.
  • The job is on the UKVI list of skilled occupations.    
  • You will be getting a minimum salary of £30,000 (£20,800 for some applicants) or the minimum for the exact job you are doing, whichever is higher.
  • The job offer is a genuine vacancy and your qualification enables you to carry out that job. 

You will also need to satisfy the English Language requirement and Maintenance of Funds requirement. 


Your employer will also need to comply with the ‘Residential Labour market Test’ by showing that there is no suitable local/native for the job. They must do so by advertising the role for at least 28 days at two different places, and that no suitable candidate applied. However, if the job is on Shortage Occupation list, ‘Residential Labour market Test’ would not apply. It would also not be applicable if you are switching from a Tier 4 General Student visa. 


However, every Tier 2 matter is unique. It is important that the solicitor you appoint possesses the correct skills to achieve your desired results. At Eldons Berkeley Solicitors we have extensive experience in preparing high-quality Tier 2 applications that achieve our clients desired results. Our Immigration solicitors are experts on Tier 2 rules and dealing with individuals seeking either entry clearance or leave to remain on this bais. We will guide you through the complex UKVI rules, policies and case-law.


We take great care in understanding your situation and will advise you on the most effective and efficient way to deal with your circumstances. We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our clients needs. We are a highly driven team that is dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to applicants as part of our professional and friendly service.


If you wish to discuss your particular requirements, please contact us on 020 7440 7744 or, fill out the contact form below. 

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