Tier 2: an overview
Tier 2 replaces the previous Work Permit scheme. Applicants need to be sponsored by a registered employer, who issues a Certificate of Sponsorship (Cos).
- To succeed, applicants must score points for appropriate salary, English language skills, and maintenance
- Tier 2 restricts holders to a specific job. If the applicant changes employers, or even certain jobs with the same employer, they will need to make a new application.
- Self employment is permitted within Tier 2 under certain circumstances. If you are considering self employment within Tier 2 please contact us for a full assessment of your situation.
- Dependants of Tier 2 holders are free to work without restriction
- Tier 2 is granted initially for a maximum of three years. After this time an extension application can be made.
- In April 2012, the UK Government altered the link between Tier 2 and Settlement, retrospectively to those entering after 6 April 2011. While it was the case that after five years spent as a Tier 2 migrant any applicant was eligible to apply for Settlement, their job must now meet minimum criteria on salary, educational level, or shortage occupation status.
For Employers and Sponsors, we have produced this dedicated guide