Tier 2 Points Based System
This scheme is aimed at skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area who have a full time job offer from a UK employer.
The application consists of four stages.
STAGE 1 – Joining the Register of Sponsors
In order for an employer to be able to employ non-UK and EEA nationals, they will firstly need to apply for a Sponsorship License and add their company name to the UK Border Agency official Register of Sponsors.
STAGE 2 – The Resident Labour Market Test
Unless you will paid a salary of at least £ 150,000 per annum or more, or your occupation features on the official Shortage Occupations List, your employer will be required to test the resident UK and EU labour markets by way of placing advertisements. The advertisements need to run for at least 28 days. There are strict guidelines as to what information needs to be included in the advertisement and where you need to place it.
STAGE 3 – Allocating the Certificate of Sponsorship
Once your employer has been granted a sponsorship license, they will need to apply for and assign a Certificate of Sponsorship (COS).
STAGE 4 – Making the Tier 2 Application
Subsequent to a UK employer issuing the Certificate of Sponsorship, the prospective employee can then apply for permission to live and work in the UK. The employee’s application is assessed on the following criteria;
• Future expected earnings;
Applicants who are resident outside the UK will need to make their applications to the nearest British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission (also known as ‘Entry Clearance’), normally via a local Biometrics Centre. Applications made from the USA and Nigeria are currently dealt with by the Home Office in the UK.
If you are interested in applying under the Tier 2 General scheme, please call our office or contact us.