Person who is already in the UK on Tier 2 General visa can seek extension of his stay either before the expiry of his Tier 2 General visa or in case he is changing job and being sponsored by a different Tier 2 sponsor. An application for extension of Tier 2 General cannot be made from outside the UK.

Change Of Employment Applications

You must make a change of employment application if you wish to change employer. You must have a new Certificate of Sponsorship and you must meet all the points requirements.

You must also make a change of employment application if you are remaining with the same employer but:

  • there is a change to your core duties which means you change jobs to a different Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code other than one related solely to the reclassification from SOC 2000 to SOC 2010; or
  • under TUPE (or similar) protection you change jobs and the new job is in the same SOC code, but your new salary is less than the appropriate rate for the new job as shown in the relevant code of practice; or
  • you are remaining with the same sponsor but there is a change to your core duties which means you change jobs from a job which is currently on the shortage occupation list to a job which is not on the shortage occupation list; or
  • your pay reduces from the level indicated on your current Certificate of Sponsorship, other than changes due to company-wide reductions defined as acceptable in the Sponsor Guidance, or reductions due to maternity, paternity, adoption leave, and/or a period of sick leave that lasted for one month or longer; or
  • changes to your core duties which means your job changes within the same SOC code provided your pay remains above the acceptable rate for the new job.

A change of employment application is not required for other changes to your job. For example if you are remaining with the same employer and change jobs to a different job within the same  SOC code, your pay increases, or you are moving under TUPE (or similar) protection due to takeover, merger, or de-merger or any other circumstances in which TUPE is triggered.

What is UK Tier 2 General work visa?

The Tier 2 General work visa category is for those skilled wokers who have been offered a skilled job in the UK to fill a gap in the workforce. An application for Tier 2 General leave can be made to the Home Office, UKVI after a licenced Tier 2 Sponsor (employer approved by the Home Office, UKVI to employ a foreign worker) has obtained a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to sponsor a foreign worker's stay in the UK. Tier 2 General is a Point Based System (PBS) visa Category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), Appropriate Salary, English language and funds for maintenance.

Switching into Tier 2 General work visa

If you are already in the UK under a visa category which allows you to switch your immigration status to Tier 2 General, you can make an application for stay as Tier 2 General Migrant from inside the UK. You must meet all the relevant requirements including any conditions with regards to switching from your current visa status to the Tier 2 General category. An unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) must be issued by your prospective employer for you to apply for Tier 2 General leave from inside the UK.

Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

A certificate of sponsorship holds your personal details and information about the job you've been offered. It’s an electronic record, not a paper document. Your sponsor will give you a certificate of sponsorship reference number to add to your application.

Our fee

Our expert UK immigration lawyer will guide you through every step of the extension of Tier 2 General visa application process including advice about legal requirements and eligibility criteria.

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We charge a fixed fee starting from £700 for our professional legal services in relation to extension of stay as Tier 2 General Migrant. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.

Our highly experienced Tier 2 visa consultant in UK can advice you about all the legal requirements to apply for Tier 2 UK visa. We regularly assist applicants who have secured a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to work in the UK to make a successful Tier 2 visa application. Contact us now if you need professional legal help regarding your application.

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Contact Rex Law Chambers, if you have any questions or need legal help with any UK immigration law related matter. At Rex Law Chambers, we specialise in a wide range of UK visas and nationality applications and our principal immigration lawyer has wealth of experience and expert knowledge to deal with all types of UK visas and immigration applications. He has successfully handled many complex and high-profile cases and also represented clients in their immigration matters.

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