UK - Tier 2 Sponsorship Visa


Tier 2 work permits are designed to allow skilled workers to come to the UK to fill a temporary gap in the local labour market. The Tier 2 Skilled Worker category is for people with a job offer in the UK, coming to fill a gap in the UK labour force that cannot be filled by someone already in the country.


Consultation with Ian (our UK Immigration Lawyer):

1. $250 AUD for the initial consultation (you will fill out the appropriate forms; our Immigration Lawyer will review this information and provide you with a detailed letter of assessment).

2. You will receive his assessment, as well as what Restless World can do to further assist you with the visa application. The final visa fee varies based upon services/assistance required. From here, a quote will be provided, and you can make a decision about whether you'd like to retain us further for your visa application and processing needs.

With a thorough assessment provided by our Immigration Lawyer, and our expertise to assist you further, we can ensure that your application is rock solid, and that you are ready for the Biometric appointment to follow.

The final cost for your visa & assistance services will be quoted to you after our lawyer has completed the initial assessment.


You can apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa if:

Getting Sponsored:

You need to have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor before you can apply to come to the UK to work.

The work you do in the UK must relate to the work of your sponsor organization.

So, are you made of the right stuff? Do you tick the appropriate boxes? If so, your family’s dream of living in the British Isles could be close enough to touch! It’s just a matter of applying for the UK Tier 2 Sponsorship Visa, and that’s where we at Restless World come in.

Fees (paid to the British High Commission):

How much you pay for a Tier 2 (General) visa depends on your situation, where you are and how you apply.

Tier 2 General (up to 3 years):

Who you’re applying for Apply (outside the UK) Extend or switch in the UK Extend or switch in person in the UK (premium service)
You £575 £664 £1,164
All dependants £575 each person £664 each person £1,164 each person


You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.

How long you can stay?

You can come to the UK with a Tier 2 (General) visa for a maximum of 5 years and 14 days, or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus 1 month, whichever is shorter.

Your stay must start no more than 14 days before the start date on your certificate of sponsorship.

You can apply to extend this visa for up to another 5 years, as long as your total stay is not more than 6 years.

What you can and can’t do:

You can:

  • work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship
  • do a second job in the same profession and at the same level as your main job for up to 20 hours per week
  • do a job which has a shortage of workers in the UK for up to 20 hours per week
  • do voluntary work
  • study as long as it doesn’t interfere with the job you’re sponsored for
  • travel abroad and return to the UK
  • bring family members with you

You can’t:

  • own more than 10% of your sponsor’s shares (unless you earn more than £155,300 a year)
  • get public funds
  • start working before you get the visa
  • apply for a second job until you’ve started working for your sponsor

Why Use Restless World? 

  • Provide you with all of the required documentation and application forms;
  • Offer you step-by-step assistance in completing the forms;
  • Review your completed application, ensuring everything is in order and free of potential complications;
  • Lodge your visa application with the British High Commission;
  • Book your biometric scanning appointment for you, at a time that is convenient;
  • Ensure that your visa application is processed as quickly as possible.


Mandatory Biometric Appointment

As part of the application process, Tier 2 Sponsorship Visa candidates are required to participate in a mandatory biometric appointment with British authorities, or their appointed representatives. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt a bit!

The available locations for these appointments will be provided to you. Some locations will require you to pay an additional surcharge for your biometric appointment. For Canadian applicants, an additional surcharge of US$100 is applicable to any biometric appointment.


Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)

Effective 6th April 2016

All Australian, New Zealand and Canadian citizens will be provided with full access to the British National Health Service (NHS) for the entire term of their visa. This will grant you full rights to the health services that everyday UK citizens get, including visits to the doctor and the hospital, and access to prescription medications at the same prices.

A health service surcharge is payable at the time of purchasing the Settlement Visa. The cost of this surcharge (if any) will vary from applicant to applicant, and will be advised once we have all of your application details. This fee will cover you for the entirety of your visa, whenever you may choose to use it.

When you arrive in the UK and receive your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card, just flash the card at appropriate NHS locations to gain access to one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

Read more about the IHS  |  Calculate your IHS


A Word of Warning

When you receive your application forms they may look extremely simple, but be warned, one slip-up on the UK Tier 2 Sponsorship Visa application can result in a swiftly rejected bid. True to the English spirit, the British High Commission are a particularly cautious bunch, and are remarkably unforgiving of any errors that may have been made on your application. If they sense that something is amiss, they may well turn you down with neither a second thought nor a refund. That’d be one costly typo!

The harsh nature of the visa application process is exactly why Restless World’s resident boffins spend their time investigating all of the ins and outs of the application procedure. With Restless World, you’ll gain access to this brains trust, giving yourself the very best chance of realising your UK dream!

 

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