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Before moving to the UK, you will need to obtain a Tier 2 visa. This allows you to remain in the country for up to five years and can be extended if required.
Our clients provide full sponsorship for Tier 2 visas and we offer plenty of advice and assistance throughout the application process.
The earliest you can apply for a Tier 2 visa is three months before you’re due to start work in the UK. The date you can start work will be listed on your certificate of sponsorship.
You should receive a decision on your visa three weeks from the date you provide your biometric information. However, you can pay a fee to fast-track this process.
A Tier 2 visa for up to three years costs £232, while a visa for more than three years costs £464. The fee is the same whether you apply from inside or outside the UK.
Your dependants will also need to pay the same amount to obtain a visa.
In order to extend or switch your Tier 2 visa in the UK, you will be required to pay £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photograph) taken.
If you’re applying to extend or switch in the UK you can pay for the priority service. This fast-track system allows you to receive a decision within five working days at an extra cost of £500.
If you require a faster service, you can pay an extra £800 for the super-priority service, allowing you to get a decision:
You can come to the UK with a Tier 2 (Health and Care) visa for a maximum of five years and 14 days, or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus one month, whichever is shorter.
You can start your stay up to 14 days before the start date on your certificate of sponsorship.
To be eligible for a Tier 2 visa, you must meet the following criteria:
When applying for a Tier 2 (General) visa, you’ll be asked if you’re eligible for the Health and Care option later in your application.
As part of the application, you’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit). You’ll be able to collect your biometric residence permit within 10 days of when you state you’ll arrive in the UK.
Visa decisions can be fast-tracked, but this does depend on what country you’re in. Check if your visa application centre offers faster decisions and other services.
It is worth noting that applications for a Tier 2 visa must be completed online.
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