UK Work & Settle – FAQ Part- I

What are the various routes to work in UK?

What are the routes to settle in UK?

What is Tier 2 restricted visa?

Employees are restricted to only work for that specific employer and perform the duties outlined in their employment contract in line with the Resident Labour Market Test that was conducted (following the SOC Codes). Should it be skill shortage (exempt from Resident Labour Market Test) then in line with the SOC Codes.

What is the eligibility for Tier2 general Visa?

  • Have a valid certificate of sponsorship for your job
  • show you’re being paid an appropriate salary for your job
  • Prove your knowledge of English
  • Have personal savings so you can support yourself when you arrive in the UK
  • Show you can travel and your travel history over the last 5 years
  • Have tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country
  • Provide a criminal record certificate from any country you’ve lived in for 12 months or more in the last 10 years, if you’ll be working with vulnerable people

How much does it cost to sponsor a Tier 2 Migrant?

For Main Applicants: Certificate of Sponsorship + Skill Charge + HO Application Fee + IHS + RLMT/Admin Cost + Solicitor Cost

For dependants: HO Application Fee + IHS

How much it cost for Certificate of Sponsorship?

Every Tier 2 migrant must be assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship – commonly referred to as a ‘CoS’. Each certificate costs £199. This fee is the same whether the certificate is assigned for a 1 – 5 year period.

What is Immigration Skills Charge?

The Immigration Skills Charge was introduced on 6 April 2017 and is used to address skills gaps in the UK workforce. This Charge is due each time a CoS is issued.

he fee requested depends on the size and type of the sponsor and the length of employment stated on the CoS issued. If the company is classed as a small or charitable sponsor the fee is £364 for any stated period of employment up to 12 months plus £182 for each subsequent 6 month period stated on the CoS.

In all other cases, the fee is £1,000 for any stated period of employment up to 12 months plus £500 for each subsequent 6 month period stated on the CoS. If a large company sponsored a migrant for 3 years, therefore, the fee would be £3,000.

The above fee summary is for guidance only and is subject to change.

What is Home Office application fee?

Each applicant will be subject to a Home Office application fee which will be dependent on the type of visa they are applying for. The amount due will also be dependent on the length of the visa being applied for and whether the application is being made within the UK or from outside. These fees range from £464

– £1,408. If the application is refused, it is unlikely this fee will be refunded.

What is Immigration Health Surcharge (‘IHS’)?

A fee of £400 per applicant per year will be payable when the application is submitted. For example, if an applicant is applying for a three-year visa, they will be required to pay an IHS fee of £1,200.

This fee is a surcharge levied by the Home Office for the migrant’s use of the National Health Service (‘NHS’) during their time in the UK. If refused, this fee should be refunded, although there can be a processing delay.

RLMT & Solicitor

In addition, the company is going to have to pay a lawyer. Even for a simple application that is at least £1000 (anything with a lawyer costs that…) and it could be much more if HO challenges. Then there are internal costs and admin. Not a cash cost but people’s time has a value.

How long does it take to get tier 2 visa after biometrics?

  1. Standard Service – get decision within 15 working days

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre, where 1 week is 5 working days, if you are applying for a visa to work or invest in the UK.

  1. Priority services – get a faster decision within 5 working days

If the service is available in the country, you’re applying from you can choose the ‘priority service’ when you apply. There will be an additional cost for this service. A decision will be made within 5 working days of your appointment at the visa application centre.

  1. Super Priority Service – get a decision within 24 hours.

If the service is available in the country, you’re applying from you can choose the ‘super priority service’ when you apply. There will be an additional cost for this service. UK Visas and Immigration aims to make a decision on your super priority visa application and contact you to let you know that your passport is ready to be collected within 24 hours from when you submit your biometric information.

Please go through this link for additional information.

Am I eligible for PR/ILR if I come to UK on Tier2 General visa?

Yes, you’re. Individuals on Tier 2 General visa can apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) to settle in the UK. Tier 2 General visa holders need to have lived in the UK for a qualifying period of 5 years and fulfil several requirements such as minimum annual salary threshold and at the appropriate rate among others.

Can my spouse work in UK on dependant visa?

Your dependents will be able to work full-time without restrictions (including self-employment) but will not be able to take employment as a doctor or dentist in training.

Is it easy to get a job in UK with a Tier2 General visa?

Answer is No, The Tier 2 visa is the main UK visa route for skilled workers coming to the UK to take up employment, usually paying a salary of at least £20,800 per annum for “new entrants” and £30,000 for “experienced workers”. So, sponsoring a visa is nothing but you’ve been offered a skilled job in the UK. You must understand Pro’s & Cons of the Tier2 general before you begin the process. You can get a survival job easily as a dependent.

Do I need an international driving license?

You can drive in Great Britain on your full, valid driving license for 12 months from when you became resident. After 12 months you’ll need to apply for a provisional license and pass the theory and practical driving tests to drive in Great Britain.

How is the Childcare & Education?

Please refer below materials https://www.gov.uk/browse/childcare-parenting/childcare

https://www.gov.uk/browse/childcare-parenting/schools-education

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