♠ Tier 2 (General) under the Rules in place before 6 April 2011; or ♠ Qualifying Work Permit Holder; or ♠ Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation; or ♠ Member of the Operational Ground Staff of an Overseas-owned Airline; or ♠ Jewish Agency Employee; and you have not since been granted leave to remain, entry clearance or leave to enter in any other route.However, your CoS must confirm that your job is at or above NQF level 3 (or the equivalent in Scotland) unless your last grant of leave was as a senior care worker or established entertainer. The CoS must also confirm that you will be paid at or above the appropriate rate for the job. For further advice on these legal requirements please contact us via phone or email.You also do not have to meet these skills thresholds if any of the following applies to you:
♠ you seek to extend your leave in Tier 2 (General) to continue to work in the same occupation for the same sponsor; or
♠ your CoS in your previous application was assigned before 6 April 2013; or
♠ your job does not meet the skills threshold solely because of reclassification from SOC 2000 to SOC 2010If your certificate of sponsorship meets these requirements you will earn full 30 points.
Labour Market Test ExemptionA resident labour market test will not be required if you are applying:♠ as an Intra Company Transfer (continuing to work for the same company); or ♠ for a job which is on the current shortage occupation list; or ♠ for a job where your salary is £153,500 (or £152,100, if your recruitment took place before 6 April 2014) or above;
♠ the job offer is in a supernumerary research position where you have been issued a non-transferable scientific research Award or Fellowship by an external organisation which is not your Sponsor, meaning that the role is not only over and above your Sponsor’s normal staffing requirements but also it cannot be filled by anyone else; or ♠ the job offer is to continue working as a Doctor or Dentist in training, under the same NHS Training Number which was assigned to you for previous lawful employment as a Doctor or Dentist in Training in the UK, including where you are applying to return to your training after an out of programme experience; or ♠ the job offer is as a Doctor in Specialty Training and your salary and the costs of your training are being met by the government of another country under an agreement with that country and the UK Government; or ♠ the job offer is to resume a post in a Higher Education Institution, working for the same Sponsor as in a previous grant of Tier 2 (General) visa, where the break in employment is due solely to a period of academic leave; or ♠ any other reason why the employer deems that exemption applies and the reason is mentioned on the CoS.
Appropriate salary (20 points)To meet the appropriate salary requirement, your job must have an annual salary of at least £20,800, unless your current or last permission to stay in the UK is/was as:a Tier 2 (General) migrant before 6 April 2011 or; operational ground staff of an overseas airline; or a minister of religion, missionary or member of a religious order; or a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation; or a work permit holder; or an unregistered nurse but your salary will be at least £16,271 while you are doing your supervised practice or £21,388 after you have Nursing and Midwifery Council registration - and you will still be sponsored as a nurse by the same sponsor after you are registered; or a jewish agency employee;
English language (10 points)You can meet this requirement by: evidencing that you're the national of a specified majority English speaking country; or passing an approved English language test with at least CEFR level B1 in reading, writing, speaking and listening; or having an academic qualification that was taught or researched in English and is recognised by UK NARIC as being equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree; or showing you have met the English language requirements when given a previous visa; or you meet transitional arrangements.
Maintenance (10 points)You must also evidence that you have £945 in savings in your bank account for 90 days to show you can maintain and accommodate yourself for the first month you’re employed.
Supporting evidencea current passport with at least one blank page or any other valid travel identification document and a passport-sized colour photograph; bank statements showing you have held at least £945 in savings continuously over the last 90 days, or your sponsor’s certification that they can support and accommodate you during the first month of employment; evidence that you score the required points for Tier 2 visa (in a format prescribed by the rules); your tuberculosis test results if you’re required to provide one under the rulesYou will need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh. You may need to provide additional documentary evidence depending on your individual circumstances, please contact us via email or phone for advice on evidentiary requirements.