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Tier 2 Visas

Tier 2 Visa for US citizens

The UK Tier 2 (General) Visa was replaced by the Skilled Workers Visa in December 2020. American citizens living in the UK can still apply for a Tier 2 (General) Visa extension if they are living in the UK under this immigration permission. 

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UK work visa for American citizens

If you are looking to move to the UK from the US for work, you need to apply for a Tier 2 Work Visa UK. UK Visas and Immigration operate a points-based system (PBS) for UK Skilled Worker Visas. You will need to score a total of 70 points to be successful. Your employer will also be required to hold a valid Sponsorship License to sponsor UK Tier 2 Visas.

If you have been offered a job with a UK company, they will be able to issue you a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). You will also need to meet the other requirements of this visa route. There are four categories of UK Skilled Worker Visa. The category you will need to apply under depends on the type of work you will be entering the country to undertake.

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UK work visa eligibility for US citizens

To meet the 70-point requirement and be eligible for a UK work visa, you will need:

  • 50 points from the Certificate of Sponsorship provided by your employer and evidence of an appropriate salary
  • A remaining 20 points from proof of English Language ability and sufficient maintenance funds
  • You can also switch onto this visa from several UK visas, including the Tier 4 Adult and Child Student Visas.

To be eligible, you must also meet the minimum salary and the English language requirements.

Tier 2 Visa application documents

To apply for a Tier 2 Visa from the US, you must provide the following documents:

  • Your certificate of sponsorship
  • A letter from a bank or building society stating that you have enough personal savings to sustain yourself and your family while in the UK
  • Your passport or any other valid travel document
  • A criminal record certificate, if needed.

As a skilled worker intending to work in the UK you will be able to enter the country to take a position that cannot be filled by UK workers.

As a non-EEA national, you will need to ensure that the company you have received a job offer from is able to employ foreign workers. This means that they hold the appropriate Sponsor License.

If your prospective employer does not have a valid Sponsor License, they could face several penalties. These include receiving a Civil Penalty or have their Sponsor License revoked or suspended.

What is the Tier 2 Visa UK minimum salary requirement?

You will usually have to be paid a salary of £30,000 per year to meet the Tier 2 Visa UK ‘minimum’ requirement. Sometimes, this varies, and the Home Office accepts the ‘appropriate rate’ for the given role. For more information about this criteria, you can speak with our immigration attorney, who will be happy to review your case.

Depending on your roles, you might not exempt from this criteria. This applies to:

  • medical radiographers, nurses, paramedics or secondary school teachers in some subjects
  • nurses or midwives

Can I become a UK resident through the Tier 2 Visa?

A Tier 2 Visa can be granted for a maximum of five years. However, it is more common to be granted a Work Visa for three years. Once you have completed your initial three years, you can extend the visa for another two years.

Once you have spent five years in the UK on a Working Visa, you should be eligible to switch from Tier 2 to ILR. ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain) means you will no longer need to be sponsored by your employer to work, giving you more freedom in the labor market.

How can IAS help me move to the UK?

The immigration consultants at IAS have a great track record of receiving positive results for UK Skilled Worker Visa applications. With our service, your lawyer will assess your eligibility and find the right route for your application. They will organize your documents and complete all your application forms to a professional standard.

They will also help to obtain your Certificate of Sponsorship from them. Your lawyer will write a Letter of Representation to accompany your application. This involves information on your case and its merits, referencing relevant UK immigration law. Call +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online now to begin your application for a Tier 2 Visa UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This category is for elite, internationally recognized personalities in the sporting industry. These individuals must make a significant contribution to the development of their sport. They must score a total of 70 points to be eligible. These points come from obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship and endorsement from your sport’s governing body. The route also requires proof of English Language ability and maintenance funds.

For short-stay sportspeople, the Tier 5 (Temporary workers – creative and sporting) route may be more relevant.

More information on Tier 2 Sportsperson Visas.

You can apply under this category if you have been offered a position in the UK as a religious worker, missionary or as a member of a religious order. You can also apply if you have been offered a role as a religious minister.  To apply, you must meet the 70-point requirement.

50 points come from the Certificate of Sponsorship issued by your employer. The remaining 20 come from the English language test and proof of maintenance funds.

More information on the Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa.

This visa category is for those who are employed by a multinational company and transferring to a UK branch. This Tier 2 Visa UK route is for:

  • Graduate trainees under a structured training program. This must be for a managerial role or specialist position
  • Skills transfers for new employees to receive training only available in the UK
  • Those in a managerial or specialist role who have been hired to train workers in the UK

This application requires 60 points. 50 points come from your Certificate of Sponsorship provided by your employer. The remaining 10 come from proof of adequate maintenance funds.

More information on the Intra-company Transfer Visa.

You may be able to apply to switch employers while in the UK on a Tier 2 Visa. You will need to follow the strict protocol to ensure your visa remains valid.

Most importantly, you must ensure that your new employer is an officially licensed UK Sponsor. This will avoid being identified as working illegally by the Home Office.

More information on changing employers on a Tier 2 Visa.

Yes – Tier 2 dependents can work while they are with their sponsors in the UK. This includes temporary, permanent, full-time and part-time contracts.

The right to work of your dependents is reliant on you as the Tier 2 Visa holder upholding your Tier 2 duties.

We take our clients’ needs very seriously at IAS. We understand that applications for UK Skilled Worker Visas are important. Our highly-qualified lawyers are on-hand to help you through every step of the process. We can advise you on the right category of Tier 2 Work Visa that is best for you and helps you complete your application professionally.

Our services include:

  • Meeting with you in person, over the phone or via Skype at a time to suit you;
  • Performing a full document check to ensure your documents are sufficient before your application;
  • Communicating with the Entry Clearance Office throughout the process;
  • Ensuring your UK sponsor has undertaken the Resident Labor Market Test, if necessary and is able to sponsor your application;
  • Producing a Letter of Representation in support of your case;
  • Completing your application forms and submitting them alongside your other documentation.

Get in touch now on +1844 290 6312 or using our online contact form to discuss your UK Tier 2 Visa options with our expert immigration attorneys.