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Tier 2 (skilled workers)

Please note that there have been many changes to this category in the last 12 months. We therefore recommend that if you have any questions you should contact us directly. We cannot guarantee that all of the information on this website is completely up to date.

Tier two replaces the previous work permit scheme and applies to skilled workers with a job offer.

The new system has now been in operation since 27 November 2008.

In order to be able to sponsor skilled workers, employers must hold a licence do do so. Employers can now begin to apply for a licence and full details of how to do this can be found at:

http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/employers/points/applying/getalicence/

Employers must register online and will need to send the Home Office documentation to establish that they are a legitimate employer based in the UK and showing that they have a genuine vacancy.


Obtaining leave under Tier 2

This is one of the most common ways for non-EEA nationals to work in the UK. The employer must now provide the employee with a certificate of sponsorship and the individual must then apply for entry clearance/further leave to remain.

Our services

We advise and assist applicants with the following work permit related matters:

• Entry clearance applications under Tier 2;
• Entry clearance reviews/appeals;
• Further leave to remain under Tier 2;
• Indefinite leave to remain;
• Naturalisation/Citizenship;
• Judicial review applications against refusals of leave to enter / remain where there is no right of appeal.

If you would like to know more about our services or need help with any of these matters, contact us for a free assessment.


Refusals of entry clearance/further leave

There is no right of appeal against a refusal of entry clearance under Tier 2. Applicants must instead take advantage of an administrative review procedure. If the result of this is negative then the only option is to apply for judicial review of their decision.

Refusals of further leave to remain do carry a right of appeal to the asylum and Immigration Tribunal as long as the applicant is left without any leave to remain.

We can help you challenge entry clearance refusals or further leave refusals. We have excellent success rates through reviews, on appeal to the AIT and also following an application for Judicial Review to the High Court.

Contact us for a free assessment of the merits of your appeal.


Families of Tier 2 holders


Spouses, unmarried partners and children of a Tier 2 holder may apply to join them or to accompany them to the UK. They must apply for entry clearance to do this.

Settlement (ILR)

To apply for settlement you must complete a continuous period of 5 years in the UK as a Tier 2 holder. The applicant must still be required for the position and still be capable of undertaking the employment. The applicant must also satisfy the points provisions of the rules.

Switching into Tier 2 status

If the worker did not enter the UK with Tier 2 leave and your certificate of sponsorship has been granted in country, the rules allow only allow individuals in certain immigration categories to apply to switch into Tier 2 from within the UK.

Contact us for more details.

success stories

Tier 1 and Tier 2 Appeal and Judial Review Victories
The Home Office have been interpreting the Tier 1 and Tier 2 requirements very strictly.

We have had great success in winning many appeals and Judicial Reviews against Tier 1 and Tier 2 refusals.
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Entry Clearance Appeals
Decisions of Embassies and BHCs overseas sometimes fail to fairly consider an individuals case. Refusals over the last few months have often been on maintenance grounds on the basis of minor issues with documents.

We have an excellent record of overturning unfair decisions made by Entry Clearance Posts.

See more details of our recent successes.
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