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Tier 2 visa Maintenance Requirements 

In order to qualify for a Tier 2 (General) visa, you must score 10 points for maintenance funds. 

If you are already in the UK in some other immigration categories, you will get 10 points without having to prove that you can support yourself and these categories are as follows:

  • Any Tier 2 category.

  • Work permit holder.

  • Jewish Agency employee.

  • Member of ground staff for an international airline.

  • Minister of religion, missionary, monk or similar.

  • Member of the press.

Alternatively, you can score your 10 maintenance points by showing either that: 

  • You have had personal savings equivalent to £945 in your bank account for three months at the time the application is made or 

  • Your sponsor will maintain and accommodate you until the end of your first month of their work in the United Kingdom (when you will be paid). You must have a letter from your employer confirming that this is the case.

Maintenance requirements for dependents coming to the UK or already in the UK

You may wish to bring your dependent family with you. Your dependent family are

  • Wife or civil partner.

  • Unmarried partner.

  • Children under 18 at the time of your application.

If their applications are successful, dependents will be entitled to stay in the UK with you for so long as they do not claim benefits in the UK. You should have calculated what it will cost to support them before you come to the UK. To satisfy the maintenance requirement and score ten points, you will be required to show that If you have been in the UK for over 12 months when your dependents apply to join you, you must show either you have £630 in savings for each dependent or that each of your dependents has £630 in savings.

The savings must have been in personal savings account for three months at the time that the application is made. If you are applying from outside the UK or have been in the UK for less than 12 months at the time when you make your application, then you must show that you have £945 for your own maintenance funds and £630 for each dependent you intend to bring. The savings must have been in a bank account for three months, prior to the date of application. 

Providing the specified evidence to meet the Immigration Rules

If your A-rated sponsor is certifying that it will maintain and accommodate you if necessary for your first month of employment, this must be confirmed on your certificate of sponsorship. Otherwise, and if you are not scoring points automatically for maintenance, you must provide documents showing that you have had at least £945 in your account at all times over the 90-day period before you apply to the UK Border Agency. 
The documents must be original, on the official letter-headed paper or stationery of the organisation and have the official stamp of that organisation. They must have been issued by an authorised official of that organisation. Evidence must be in the form of cash funds. Other accounts or financial instruments (such as shares, bonds and pension funds), regardless of notice, are not acceptable.

If you wish to rely on a joint account as evidence of available funds, you must be named on the account along with one or more other named individuals.

Personal bank or building society statements covering the 90 days before you apply

The personal bank or building society statements should clearly show:

  • your name;
  • the account number;
  • the date of the statement;
  • the financial institution’s name and logo;
  • transactions covering the 90-day period;
  • that there are enough funds present in the account.

The most recent statement must be dated within 31 days. If you want to send electronic bank statements from an online account, these must contain all of the details listed above. They must bear the official stamp of the bank on every page, or you must also provide a supporting letter from your bank, on company headed paper, confirming the authenticity of the statements sent. The balance must show that you have had at least £945 plus your dependants funds in your account at all times over the 90-day period, and the Border Agency will not accept a document that shows the funds on 1 day only.

Building society pass-book covering the previous 90 days before you apply

The building society pass-book should clearly show:

  • your name;
  • the account number;
  • the financial institution’s name and logo;
  • transactions covering the 90-day period;
  • that there has been enough money (£945) present in the account for the past 90 days.

The balance must show that you have had at least £945 in your account at all times over the 90-day period, and the Border Agency will not accept a document that shows the funds on 1 day only. 

Letter from bank confirming funds and that they have been in your account for at least 90 days

The letter from a bank or building society should state:

  • your name;
  • the account number;
  • the date of the letter;
  • the financial institution’s name and logo;
  • the funds held in your account; and
  • that enough funds (£945) have been in the bank for at least 90 days.

The balance must show that you have had at least £945 in your account at all times over the 90-day period, and the Border Agency will not accept a document that shows the funds on 1 day only. 

Letter from financial institution regulated by either the Financial Services Authority or the home regulator confirming funds

The letter from the financial institution regulated by the Financial Services Authority or the home regulator should state:

  • your name;

  • the account number;

  • the date of the letter;

  • the financial institution’s name and logo;

  • the funds held in your account; and

  • that the funds (£945) have been in the bank for at least 90 days.

The balance must show that you have had at least £945 in your account at all times over the 90-day period, and the Border Agency will not accept a document that shows the funds on 1 day only. The home regulator is the official regulatory body for the country in which the institution operates and the funds are located.

If you have an online bank account and intend to rely on print-outs of statements you must either get copies of statements printed by your bank on official stationery or get your bank to stamp your statements with an official stamp. You must also provide a letter from your bank on official headed paper confirming that the statements are genuine. If you bank with an Internet-based bank, and cannot get statements on official paper or stamped with an official stamp, you must still provide a letter from your bank with your statements confirming that they are genuine.

In all cases the evidence should be original, should clearly relate to the applicant and should bear the issuing institution's name and logo. Statements generated electronically should bear the stamp of the relevant institution on each page.

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