The Tier 2 visa allows skilled workers to enter the UK on a long term basis to fill a skilled job vacancy; such as in IT, accountancy, teaching, or healthcare. The occupation needs to be on the Tier 2 occupation list or Tier 2 Shortage Occupation List. Before they apply, Tier 2 visa applicants must have a job offer and a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid Tier 2 sponsorship licence.
Tier 2 jobs must usually be advertised to workers from within the European Economic Area (EEA) before they can be offered to non-EEA immigrants unless the job is on the Tier 2 Shortage Occupations List. This is known as the Resident Labour Market Test.
Tier 2 (General) visa For workers who have a skilled job offer and a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid Tier 2 sponsorship licence. The vacancy must be advertised to UK workers before it can be offered to an immigrant unless it is on the Tier 2 Shortage Occupations List. Limited to 20,700 places a year for job applicants resident outside the UK.
Tier 2 applicants must provide several documents with their application, these include:
Current passport and/or other travel documents
A separate passport photograph
Proof that they can meet the maintenance funds requirements for their visa, such as bank statements, unless their Tier 2 sponsor can guarantee their maintenance with the UK Home Office. Only 'A rated' sponsors have this option.
Proof that they meet the Tier 2 English Languages requirements, such as qualification equivalent to a bachelors degree or higher taught in English or English language test results.
Clear tuberculosis (TB) test result letter, if the applicant is from one of the countries on the Home Office's TB testing list