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Tier 2 Visas

The tier 2 Visa is designed for nationals from non European Economic Area who have a confirmed job offer from a UK based company. Implemented on 27 November 2008, this visa category is an employer-led process with the sponsoring company applying on behalf of the candidate. Applicants for tier 2 visas must obtain a work permit before entering the country. The visa is especially designed for medium to highly skilled workers in possession of a sponsorship certificate.

The tier 2 Visa is designed for nationals from non European Economic Area who have a confirmed job offer from a UK based company. Implemented on 27 November 2008, this visa category is an employer-led process with the sponsoring company applying on behalf of the candidate. Applicants for tier 2 visas must obtain a work permit before entering the country. The visa is especially designed for medium to highly skilled workers in possession of a sponsorship certificate.

General
Those with a skilled job offer to occupy a position that cannot be filled from resident labour force.

Intra-Company Transfer
Multi-national company employees who are transferred to UK based branch of their organization. The employees can either be transferred on a long term basis or be frequently sent on short visits. The Intra-Company Transfer is further sub categorised into to the following areas:

Established Staff
Established employees of multi-national companies who are being transferred for a skilled job requirement that could not be occupied by a new employee from the resident labour workforce.

Graduate Trainee
Recent graduates training at a multi-national company who are being transferred as part of a structured graduate training programme to the UK branch of the same organisation. This is to enable trainee progression towards a managerial or specialist position.

Skills Transfer
New employees of multi-national companies who are being transferred to the UK branch of the same organisation to learn the skills and knowledge required for their role.

Sportsperson
Elite sportspeople and coaches whose employment in UK will make a significant contribution to the sport’s development in the UK.

Minister of Religion
Those coming to the UK to fill a vacancy as a Minister of Religion, missionary, or member of a religious order. Candidates who wish to apply to work as a sportsperson or minister of religion cannot apply under Tier 2 General and Intra-Company Transfer categories.

Benefits
- Potential route for settlement in the UK.
- According to current work permit system, tier 2 applicants may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or for permanent residence after living in the UK for 5 years.
- Candidates may be able to naturalize as a UK citizen.


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