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Tier 2 General Extension

A person who is already in the UK on Tier 2 General visa can seek an extension of his stay either before the expiry of his Tier 2 General visa or in case he is changing job and being sponsored by a different Tier 2 sponsor. An application for extension of Tier 2 General cannot be made from outside the UK.

The Tier 2 (General) category is for foreign nationals who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce that cannot be filled by a settled worker. An application for Tier 2 General leave can be made to the Home Office, UKBA after a Licenced Sponsor (employer approved by the Home Office, UKBA to employ a foreign worker) has obtained a Certificate of Sponsorship to sponsor a foreign worker's stay in the UK. Tier 2  General is a Point Based Category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), Appropriate Salary, English language and funds for maintenance.

If you want to apply for Tier 2 General visa, you must be sponsored by a UK employer who has the Tier 2 sponsor licence. The applicant must comply with all the requirements of codes of practice for employers including the job level, minimum salary etc.

Change Of Employment Applications

You must make a change of employment application if you wish to change employer. You must have a new Certificate of Sponsorship and you must meet all the points requirements.

You must also make a change of employment application if you are remaining with the same employer but:

  • there is a change to your core duties which means you change jobs to a different Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code other than one related solely to the reclassification from SOC 2000 to SOC 2010; or

  • under TUPE (or similar) protection you change jobs and the new job is in the same SOC code, but your new salary is less than the appropriate rate for the new job as shown in the relevant code of practice; or

  • you are remaining with the same sponsor but there is a change to your core duties which means you change jobs from a job which is currently on the shortage occupation list to a job which is not on the shortage occupation list; or

  • your pay reduces the level indicated on your current Certificate of Sponsorship, other than changes due to company-wide reductions defined as acceptable in the Sponsor Guidance, or reductions due to maternity, paternity, adoption leave, and/or a period of sick leave that lasted for one month or longer; or

  • changes to your core duties which mean your job changes within the same SOC code provided your pay remains above the acceptable rate for the new job.

A change of employment application is not required for other changes to your job. For example, if you are remaining with the same employer and change jobs to a different job within the same  SOC code, your pay increases, or you are moving under TUPE (or similar) protection due to takeover, merger, or de-merger or any other circumstances in which TUPE is triggered.

Same Day Visa Service For Tier 2 General Extension

We provide Same Day Visa Service (also known as the Home Office Premium Service) for applications for extension of stay as Tier 2 General Migrant. We can submit your Tier 2 General extension application through our Same Day Visa Service and can get a decision on your application same day. Tier 2 General is a Biometric category and the Tier 2 General applicant and his/her dependents are required to attend the Home Office, UKBA to enrol their biometrics. You will be accompanied by our Legal Representative who will assist you with an enrollment of biometrics and submission of your Tier 2 General extension application. Tier 2 General extension application submitted through our Same Day Visa Service is either decided the same day.

Why ICS Solicitors For Your Tier 2 General Extension Application?

The immigration solicitors at ICS are experts in dealing with Tier 2 extension applications. The quality of our service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your Tier 2 (General) extension application and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your Tier 2 extension application, we will do the following for you:

  • Our immigration solicitors will take Detailed Instructions from you and advise you about the relevant immigration law and procedures to be adopted by the Immigration Authorities in your Tier 2 General extension application;

  • Our immigration solicitors will discuss your immigration case in detail with you and advise you about the weaknesses and strengths of your Tier 2 General application;

  • Our immigration solicitors will advise you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your Tier 2 General extension application;

  • Our immigration solicitors will consider contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the Tier 2 General extension application and discuss the same with you;

  • Our immigration solicitors will complete the application form for Tier 2 extension application and discuss the same with you;

  • Our immigration solicitors will prepare a covering letter to introduce and support the Tier  2 General extension application;

  • Our immigration solicitors will submit your Tier 2 extension application to the Home Office, UKBA through our Same Day Visa Service to get a decision on the application within 24 hours;

  • Our immigration solicitors will liaise with the Immigration Officer for expeditious decision on Tier 2 General application;

  • Our immigration solicitors will protect your interests while your  Tier 2 General application is pending with the Home Office, UKBA and keep you informed of the progress on your Tier 2 extension application;

  • Our immigration solicitors will do all the follow-up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKBA until decision is reached on your Tier 2 General extension application;

  • Our immigration solicitors will advise you about the implications of the Home Office decision on your application.

 

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