UK Work Visas: Tier 2 Visa, Permitted Paid Engagement Visa, Tier 5 Visa

The type of Work Visa to the UK is to be chosen depending on the employer, proposed work and other circumstances.

Tier 2 (General) visa

A Tier 2 (General) Visa can be applied for if the applicant has been offered a skilled job in the UK. The UK sponsor (employer based in the UK) must be a licensed sponsor. The UK sponsor will provide a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS letter). The CoS letter should be used in Tier 2 (General) Visa application.

The Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) contains all the essential information about future work:

  • Date CoS assigned and an expiry date
  • Applicants personal data
  • Proposed work dates
  • Weekly hours of work
  • Main work address
  • Job title
  • Job type
  • Summary of job description
  • Gross salary and bonuses
  • Employer indication of maintenance for the applicant
  • Employer indication of whether the job is on the shortage occupation list

Our specialists will use the CoS letter information to fill in the application form. So, it is vital to get a standard assigned Certificate of Sponsorship from the employer to fill in the forms correctly and be provided with the correct list of documents.

The applicant must prove his/her knowledge of English by passing an approved English Language test with at least CEFR level B1. The applicant does not have to show his/her knowledge of English if he/she is from an English-speaking country.

If the UK sponsor (employer) does not provide the applicant with maintenance, he/she must have personal savings – £945 in the bank account for 90 days before he/she applies.

The applicant must provide a criminal record certificate.

If your documents are not in English, you will need to send a certified translation.

Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa

You can apply for a Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Visa if your overseas employer has offered you a role in a UK branch of the organisation. The UK sponsor (UK branch) will provide a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS letter). The CoS letter should be used in Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Visa application. The Certificate of Sponsorship contains all the important information about future work. Our specialists will use the CoS letter information for filling in the application form. So, it’s very important to get a standard assigned Certificate of Sponsorship from your employer so we can fill in the forms correctly and provide you with the correct list of documents.

If the UK sponsor (employer) doesn’t provide the applicant with maintenance, he/she must have personal savings – £945 in the bank account for 90 days before he/she applies.

The applicant must show that he/she has worked for his/her employer outside the UK.

If your documents are not in English, you will need to send a certified translation.

Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Visa

You can apply for a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Visa if all the following conditions apply:

  • You are an elite sportsperson or qualified coach who is recognised by your sports’ governing body as being at the highest level of your profession internationally
  • Your sport’s governing body is endorsing your application
  • Your employment intends to develop your sport in the UK at the highest level

Your sponsor is the governing body endorsing your application. They will assign a certificate of sponsorship to prove they are sponsoring you.

The applicant must prove his/her knowledge of English by passing an approved English language test with at least CEFR level A1. The applicant does not have to show his/her knowledge of English if he/she is from one of English-speaking countries.

If the UK sponsor (employer) does not provide the applicant with maintenance, he/she must have personal savings – £945 in the bank account for 90 days before he/she applies.

If your documents are not in English, you will need to send a certified translation.

Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Visa

You can apply for a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Visa if you have been offered a job within a faith community (for example as a minister of religion, missionary, or member of a religious order) in the UK. Your UK sponsor (employer based in the UK) must be a licensed sponsor. The UK sponsor will provide you with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS letter). The CoS letter should be used in Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Visa application.

The applicant must prove his/her knowledge of English by passing an approved English Language test with at least CEFR level B2. The applicant does not have to show his/her knowledge of English if he/she is from an English speaking countries.

If the UK sponsor (employer) does not provide the applicant with maintenance, he/she must have personal savings – £945 in the bank account for 90 days before he/she applies.

If your documents are not in English, you will need to send a certified translation.

Permitted Paid Engagement visa

You can apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa if you are invited to the UK as an expert in your profession. The UK sponsor (employer) should not be licensed under the points-based visa system.

The applicant will be able to stay in the UK for up to 1 month.

The applicant must prove he/she is an expert in his/her profession, they must have a formal invitation from the UK-based organisation or authority and must show they can support themselves during the trip.

Usually, artists apply for Permitted Paid Engagement Visa. They must provide extra documents such as:

  • publications
  • publicity material
  • proof of awards
  • media coverage and reviews
  • proof of recent performances

Tier 5 visa

You can apply for Tier 5 Visa if you want to take up unpaid voluntary work for a charity; if you have been offered work in the UK as a sports person or creative worker; if you want to go to the UK for a short time for work experience or training; if you are attending an Overseas Government Language Programme, or for research or for a fellowship through an approved government authorised exchange scheme. If you may be contracted to do work covered by international law while in the UK, for example working for a foreign government or as a private servant in a diplomatic household or if you want to do religious work, such as preaching or working in a religious order.

You must have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor before you can apply to go to the UK to work.

If the UK sponsor (employer) does not provide the applicant with maintenance, he/she must have personal savings £945 in the bank account for 90 days before he/she applies.

If your documents are not in English, you will need to send a certified translation.

Visa to UK: UK Work Visas: Tier 2 Visa, Permitted Paid Engagement Visa, Tier 5 Visa - our services fee on 20.10.2020

Visa type Duration The Embassy fee Our services fee
Permitted Paid Engagements 1 month $128 $325
Tier 2 Same as the contract duration $313-1647 $1550
Tier 5 up to 1 year $255-329 from $710

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