You can apply for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK if you are already in the UK under a visa category which allows you to switch your immigration status to Tier 2 General visa category. You must meet all the relevant requirements including any conditions with regards to switching from your current visa status to the Tier 2 General category. Your Tier 2 General sponsor normally needs to assign an unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for you to apply for switching into Tier 2 General leave from inside the UK. However, if you are switching from Tier 4 Dependant partner visa to Tier 2 Geneal visa from inside the UK, your prospective Tier 2 General sponsor should assign a restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for you to apply for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK. 

It is pertinent to note that the applicant must comply with all the requirements of codes of practice for employers (Appendix J) including the job level, minimum salary, etc to succeed in his application for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK.

Contents Table

Specialist Solicitors For Switching Into Tier 2 General Visa
Eligibility Requirements
Points Based Criteria For Switching Into Tier 2 General Visa
Procedure For Sponsorship and Switching Into Tier 2 General
Who Can Switch Into Tier 2 General Visa?
Switching From Tier 4 General Student Visa To Tier 2 General Visa
Switching From Tier 4 Dependent Partner To Tier 2 General
Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For Switching Into Tier 2 General Visa
How Can We Help You?
How Much We Charge?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Specialist Solicitors For Switching Into Tier 2 General Visa

Our expert team of Tier 2 General visa solicitors are specialists in applications for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK. As one of the best Tier 2 General visa solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham, our Tier 2 visa solicitors have wealth of knowledge and experience to provide high quality fixed fee legal services for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK. The high quality of our Tier 2 General visa services is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the excellent Tier 2 visa services provided by our specialist Tier 2 visa solicitors.

Need legal help and assitance for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK? Contact our expert team of Tier 2 General visa solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham for fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for your application for switching into Tier 2 General visa. Ask a question to our expert Tier 2 General visa lawyers for free immigration advice concerning your application for switching into Tier 2 General visa from within the UK.

Eligibility Requirements For Switching Into Tier 2 General Visa

To be eligible for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK, you need to:

  • be in the UK with leave to enter or remain from which switching into Tier 2 General visa is permitted by the Immigration Rules;
  • be employed by a licensed Tier 2 General sponsor;
  • have a valid certificate of sponsorship (CoS) for your job;
  • show your job is at appropriate job level as stated in Appendix J of the Immigration Rules;
  • show you are being paid an appropriate salary for your job as stated in Appendix J of the Immigration Rules;
  • prove your knowledge of English as required in Appendix B of the Immigration Rules;
  • have have funds for maintenance in the UK or your Tier 2 sponsor has certified your maintenance as per requirements of Appendix C of the Immigration Rules.

What Is The Points Based Criteria For Switching Into Tier 2 General Visa?

Tier 2  General visa is a Point Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), Appropriate Salary, English language and funds for maintenance. A Tier 2 General migrant should score 70 points in total to qualify for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK. The breakdown of the required points for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK is given in the table below:

Criterion Points

Assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) having met the requirements of:

  • A Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) exemption; or
  • A Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) by the Tier 2 sponsor
30
Appropriate Salary 20
Funds for maintenance 10
English language 10
Total Points 70

What Is The Procedure For Sponsorship For Tier 2 General and Switching Into Tier 2 General Visa?

The step by step procedure for sponsorship for Tier 2 General visa and an application for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK is as follows:

  • Unless the job is exempt from Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT), your prospective employer should have advertised the job for 28 days in accordance with the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) criteria as set out in the Immigration Rules and should have identified you as a suitable Tier 2 Migrant worker as a result of the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT);
  • If your prospective employer does not have the Tier 2 General sponsor licence, they can apply to the Home Office UKVI for Tier 2 General sponsor licence  and get the Tier 2 General sponsor licence.
  • If your employer already has the Tier 2 General sponsor licence or has obtained the Tier 2 General sponsor licence as a result of an application for Tier 2 General sponsor licence, your prospective employer can then proceed to assign a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to you so that you can apply for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK.
  • You can apply online for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK within 3 months of the Certifciate of Sponsorship (CoS) being assigned to you.

As specialists in Tier 2 General visa applications, our expert team of Tier 2 solicitors can help you and your prospective employer with each and every stage of the process and take care of all the legal requirements to ensure that your application for switching into Tier 2 General visa has good prospects of success.

Who Can Switch Into Tier 2 General Visa From Inside The UK?

You can apply for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK if you have, or were last granted, leave in one of the categories listed below:

  • Tier 1 visa
  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa
  • Tier 2 (Minister of religion) visa
  • Tier 2 (Intra company Transfer) visa under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2010 and you’re applying to change sponsor
  • Tier 4 visa - if you have an eligible qualification, will complete your course in 3 months, or you’ve done at least 12 months of a PhD
  • Start-up visa
  • Innovator visa
  • Tier 4 Dependent Partner
  • Representative of an overseas business

Switching From Tier 4 General Student Visa To Tier 2 General Visa

If you are switching from Tier 4 General student visa to Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK, you can only switch into Tier 2 General if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are currently, or have last been, sponsored by a Tier 4 sponsor which is either:
    • a higher education provider with a track record of compliance; or
    • an overseas higher education institution, and were sponsored to undertake a short-term study abroad programme in the United Kingdom, and
  • you have
    • completed, or are applying no more than 3 months before the expected completion date for, a course leading to a UK recognised bachelor’s or master’s degree;
    • completed, or are applying no more than 3 months before the expected completion date for a course leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Diploma of Education; or
    • completed a minimum of 12 months’ study in the UK towards a UK PhD during your current period of leave or a period of continuous leave which includes your last grant of leave; and
  • you studied for, or are studying, the eligible award at a UK institution that is a UK recognised or listed body, or an education provider which holds a licence for sponsoring students under Tier 4 of the Points-Based System; and
  • your periods of UK study and/or research towards your course ‘have been undertaken whilst you had entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK that was not subject to a restriction preventing you from undertaking it; and
  • if you undertook or are still undertaking, the study for the qualification whilst holding leave as a Tier 4 student, you have undertaken the study at the institution which is the Tier 4 sponsor, and not through supplementary study; and
  • you are applying from inside the UK.

You must provide a degree certificate, academic transcript or an academic reference on official headed paper of the institution. You may have been sponsored in your studies by Her Majesty’s Government, your home government or any international scholarship agency. If you have had such sponsorship within the past 12 months, you must provide Home Office UKVI with the Government or international scholarship agency’s unconditional consent in writing, giving you their permission to remain in, or re-enter, the UK.

The Tier 2 sponsor is exempt from meeting the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) if the applicant meets the above referred switching criteria. The employer needs to issue an unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) which the applicant will use to make an application for switching into Tier 2 General leave. The applicant's job and salary level should comply with the requirements of the Code of Practice in Appendix J to the Immigration Rules.

Switching From Tier 4 Dependent Partner Visa To Tier 2 General Visa

A Tier 4 Dependant partner is allowed to switch into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK. However, your Tier 2 General sponsor will have to apply to the Home Office UKVI for a restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) and assign the same to you so that you are able to apply for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK.

Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For Switching Into Tier 2 General Visa

As the expert immigration solicitors based in London & Manchester, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service (SPS) for your application whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the submission of the application at a designated service centre.

Our immigration solicitors can prepare and submit your application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get decision on your immigration application within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your application for months (sometimes years).

How Can We Help For Switching Into Tier 2 General Visa?

Our specialist team of Tier 2 General visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for your application for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK. As your appointed legal representatives for Tier 2 General visa application from inside the UK, our work can include the following:

  • assessing your eligibility for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK by considering all the relevant eligibility requirements;
  • assisting your prospective Tier 2 General sponsor with Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT), if applicable, and correctly assigning the restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to you;
  • advising on relevant documents to be submitted in support of the application;
  • assessing the documentary evidence including the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to ensure that the documents are in line with the Home Office UKVI requirements for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK;
  • completing online application form for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK;
  • preparing a detailed cover letter in support of your application to explain in detail how all the relevant requirements for switching into Tier 2 General visa have been satisfied by the Tier 2 applicant;
  • submitting the Tier 2 General application online, paying the Home Office UKVI fees for Tier 2 General visa application and booking applicant's appointment with the UKVCAS application centre;
  • uploading all the supporting documents online in support of the Tier 2 General application;
  • doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office UKVI until decision is reached on your Tier 2 General application.

Our Fee For Switching Into Tier 2 General Visa

Our fees for providing expert legal help and assistance with an application for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK are given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-Off Immigration Advice & Consultation concerning switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK £80 (including VAT)
One-Off Documents Checking Service for an application for switching into Tier 2 General visa £200 + VAT
Helping Tier 2 Sponsor With Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) and assigning the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to the Applicant £500 + VAT
Helping with application for switching into Tier 2 General visa (all the work after CoS being assigned until decision by the Home Office UKVI on your application for switching into Tier 2 General visa From £700 + VAT To £1,200 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application for switching into Tier 2 General visa and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for helping with an application for switching into Tier 2 General visa, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.

FAQs - Switching Into Tier 2 General Visa

Does RLMT exemption apply when switching from start-up visa to Tier 2 General visa?

No, the exemption from Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) does not apply when switching from start-up visa to Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK.

What is the processing time for switching into Tier 2 General visa?

The processing time for an application for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK is dependent on the type of service you use for your application.

Standard Service

An application for switching into Tier 2 General visa is normally decided within 8 weeks if you apply using standard service.

Priority Service

If you apply for switching into Tier 2 General visa using Priority Service, you will normally get a decision on your application within 5 working days.

Super Priority Service

If you apply for switching into Tier 2 General visa using Super Priority Service, you will normally get decision on your application within 24 hours.

Can I switch from spouse visa to Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK?

No, you cannot switch from spouse visa to Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK. You will have to leave the UK and apply for Tier 2 General visa entry clearance from your country of nationality.

Can I switch from Tier 2 ICT to Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK?

You can switch from Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer (ICT) to Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK only if you applied for your initial Tier 2 ICT entry clearance under the rules in place before 6 April 2011. A person who applied for initial Tier 2 ICT visa after 6 April 2011 is not eligible to switch into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK.

Who can switch to Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK?

You can apply for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK if you have, or were last granted, leave in one of the categories listed below:

  • Tier 1 visa
  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa
  • Tier 2 (Minister of religion) visa
  • Tier 2 (Intra company Transfer) visa under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2010 and you’re applying to change sponsor
  • Tier 4 visa - if you have an eligible qualification, will complete your course in 3 months, or you’ve done at least 12 months of a PhD
  • Start-up visa
  • Innovator visa
  • Tier 4 Dependent Partner
  • Representative of an overseas business

Can Tier 2 ICT Dependant switch to Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK?

No, you cannot switch from Tier 2 ICT Dependant visa to Tier 2 General from inside the UK. You will have to leave the UK and apply for Tier 2 General visa entry clearance from your country of nationality. There will be no cooling-off period for Tier 2 ICT Dependant to apply for Tier 2 General visa entry clearance from outside the UK.

What is the minimum salary for switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK?

If you are a Tier 4 Graduate switching from Tier 4 to Tier 2 General visa, you can be paid "New Entrant" salary for your Tier 2 job which should be either £20,800 or as specified in the relevant code of practice in Appendix J to the Immigration Rules, whichever is higher.

How can I change from Tier 4 to Tier 2 General from inside the UK?

A Tier 4 Graduate can switch from Tier 4 visa to Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK. You can only switch into Tier 2 General if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are currently, or have last been, sponsored by a Tier 4 sponsor which is either:
    • a higher education provider with a track record of compliance; or
    • an overseas higher education institution, and were sponsored to undertake a short-term study abroad programme in the United Kingdom, and
  • you have
    • completed, or are applying no more than 3 months before the expected completion date for, a course leading to a UK recognised bachelor’s or master’s degree;
    • completed, or are applying no more than 3 months before the expected completion date for a course leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Diploma of Education; or
    • completed a minimum of 12 months’ study in the UK towards a UK PhD during your current period of leave or a period of continuous leave which includes your last grant of leave; and
  • you studied for, or are studying, the eligible award at a UK institution that is a UK recognised or listed body, or an education provider which holds a licence for sponsoring students under Tier 4 of the Points-Based System; and
  • your periods of UK study and/or research towards your course ‘have been undertaken whilst you had entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK that was not subject to a restriction preventing you from undertaking it; and
  • if you undertook or are still undertaking, the study for the qualification whilst holding leave as a Tier 4 student, you have undertaken the study at the institution which is the Tier 4 sponsor, and not through supplementary study; and
  • you are applying from inside the UK.

You must provide a degree certificate, academic transcript or an academic reference on official headed paper of the institution. You may have been sponsored in your studies by Her Majesty’s Government, your home government or any international scholarship agency. If you have had such sponsorship within the past 12 months, you must provide Home Office UKVI with the Government or international scholarship agency’s unconditional consent in writing, giving you their permission to remain in, or re-enter, the UK.

The Tier 2 sponsor is exempt from meeting the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) if the applicant meets the above referred switching criteria. The employer needs to issue an unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) which the applicant will use to make an application for switching into Tier 2 General leave. The applicant's job and salary level should comply with the requirements of the Code of Practice in Appendix J to the Immigration Rules.

Can I switch from Tier 4 Dependant Partner visa to Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK?

Yes, you can switch from Tier 4 Dependant partner visa to Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK. Your Tier 2 sponsor should assign a restricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for you to apply for switching from Tier 4 Dependant Partner vsia to Tier 2 General visa.

How can I apply for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK?

You can apply online for switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK. You can only submit your online application after your Tier 2 sponsor has assigned you a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). Upon submission of the online application, you have to pay the Home Office UKVI fees online, book the appointment online with the UKVCAS application centre for enrolment of biometrics, upload all the documents online and attend the biometrics centre for enrolment of biometrics.

What is the job skill level required for switching into Tier 2 General visa?

For switching into Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK, the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) assigned by your prospective employer must confirm that:

What is Shortage Occupations List (SOL) for switching into Tier 2 General visa?

The shortage occupation list is an official list of occupations as given in Appendix K of the Immigration Rules for which there are not enough resident workers to fill job vacancies. The shortage occupation lists are recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and are revised periodically.

You will be awarded 30 points if your job was on a shortage occupation list at the time your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) was assigned by your Tier 2 General sponsor.

There is one list for the whole of the UK and a further additional list for Scotland. If you want to be awarded points for a job on the shortage occupation list in Scotland, you must be undertaking that job in Scotland.

You should confirm with your Tier 2 General sponsor that they have indicated that your job is a shortage occupation in the relevant field on the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). You should also confirm with your Tier 2 General sponsor that the SOC code and job description on the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) show that the job is one of those included on the shortage occupation list.

In general, if a role is on the shortage occupation list, your sponsor is not required to advertise the position.

Can I apply for switching into Tier 2 General visa as a New Entrant?

According to Appendix J to the Immigration Rules, New Entrant” rate will only apply if:

 the applicant:

  • is applying as a Tier 2 (General) Migrant and scores points from the Post-Study Work provisions of Appendix A,
  • is applying as a Tier 2 (General) Migrant and scores points from the Resident Labour Market Test provisions of Appendix A, on the basis that his Sponsor has carried out a university milkround,
  • is applying as a Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Migrant in the Graduate Trainee sub-category,

OR

  • was under the age of 26 on the date the application was made; and
  • the applicant is applying for entry clearance or leave to remain (not for indefinite leave to remain); and
  • the applicant is not applying for a grant of leave that would extend his total stay in Tier 2 and/or as a Work Permit Holder beyond 3 years and 1 month.

What if my prospective employer does not have the Tier 2 General sponsor licence to sponsor me for switching into Tier 2 General visa?

If your prospective employer does not have the Tier 2 General sponsor licence to sponsor you for switching into Tier 2 General visa, our expert team of sponsor licence solicitors can help your prospective employer to apply for Tier 2 General sponsor licence so that your employer is able to sponsor you for switching into Tier 2 General visa.

What is the minimum salary requirement for switching into Tier 2 General visa?

The salary to be paid to a Tier 2 General Migrant should not be less than the minimum salary threshold as set out in Table 11CA in paragraph 79A to Appendix A of the Immigration Rules. The minimum salary threshold for Tier 2 General visa is as given in the table below:

Circumstances Minimum Salary
None of the exceptions below apply. £30,000 per year or the appropriate rate for the job as stated in Appendix J, whichever is higher

The applicant is considered to be a “New Entrant”.

£20,800 per year or the appropriate rate for the job as stated in Appendix J, whichever is higher

The job is one of the following public service occupations:

  • 2217 Medical radiographers
  • 2231 Nurses
  • 2314 Secondary education teaching professionals – subject teachers in maths, physics, chemistry, computer science and Mandarin only
  • 3213 Paramedics.
£20,800 per year or the appropriate rate for the job as stated in Appendix J, whichever is higher
The occupation is either 2231 Nurses or 2232 Midwives and meets the requirements of paragraph 77K for applicants undertaking the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) to obtain Nursing and Midwifery Council registration. At least the appropriate rate for a Band 3 and equivalent nurse or midwife, as stated in Table 9 of Appendix J until registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council Registration is either successfully completed, otherwise closed, or after 8 months of the stated employment date, whichever is earlier.

What is a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for switching into Tier 2 General visa?

A certificate of sponsorship (CoS) holds your personal details and information about the job you’ve been offered. It’s an electronic record, not a paper document. Your sponsor will give you a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) reference number to add to your Tier 2 General visa application.

You can only use your certificate of sponsorship (CoS) reference number once. You must use your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) within 3 months of the date it is assigned to you.

How can I find a list of licenced Tier 2 General sponsors?

The Home Office UKVI maintains a list of licenced Tier 2 General sponsors. The list of Tier 2 sponsors is also known as register of Tier 2 sponsors.

Can I switch into Tier 2 General visa as an uregistered nurse or midwife?

If you are applying for switching into Tier 2 General worker visa to work in the UK as a nurse or midwife and are not yet registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), you must have passed the NMC’s Computer Based Test (CBT) or your application for switching into Tier 2 General visa will be refused. You must provide evidence from the NMC to demonstrate this.

Furthermore, your Tier 2 General sponsor must also confirm that you will sit an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) within 3 months of your stated employment start date.

If you need to pass your OSCE, your Tier 2 General sponsor must tell the Home Office UKVI within 10 working days:

  • If you fail your OSCE but arrange a re-sit and they still want to sponsor you if you pass. They must tell the Home Office UKVI the date of your re-sit.
  • If you re-sit your OSCE and fail for the second time, they must tell the Home Office UKVI. They must also stop sponsoring you if you do not obtain full NMC registration within 8 months of the start date on your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). If you have moved sponsors but were previously granted Tier 2 General leave as a nurse or midwife, the 8 months will start from the start date of your previous employment.
  • If you pass your OSCE, they must tell Home Office UKVI the date you will start working for them as a registered nurse or midwife.
  • If they decide at any point that they no longer wish to sponsor you. For example, if you fail your first OSCE and they do not want to wait until you have done a re-sit.

You are able to make 3 attempts to pass the OSCE. If you fail your first attempt at OSCE, you can re-sit it after ten days. If you fail it a second time, you will have the opportunity to sit for a third time, waiting 3 months to allow for further preparation. If you fail for a third time, you will be unable to re-sit the OSCE until 6 months have passed since your previous unsuccessful test and will have to re-apply to the NMC.

If you are already in the UK with entry clearance or leave to remain and your sponsor stops sponsoring you, Home Office UKVI will reduce (curtail) your leave.

For how long will I be granted leave to remain as a result of successful application for switching into Tier 2 General visa?

You will be granted Tier 2 General leave according to the start date and end date of your job as given in your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). The maximum period for which your employer can sponsor you for your Tier 2 Geneal visa is 5 years. You can extend your Tier 2 General visa further for one more year after 5 years which means the maximum time a person can spend in the UK under Tier 2 General visa category is 6 years in total.

Normally, most applicants are able to apply for ILR as Tier 2 General Migrants 28 days before completion of 5 years in the UK with leave to remain as Tier 2 General Migrant.

When does an exemption from the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) apply for switching into Tier 2 General visa?

The Resident Labour Market Test does not apply if the job offer is:

  • in a supernumerary research position where you have been issued a non-transferrable scientific research Award or Fellowship either:
    • by a third party organisation, and the Award or Fellowship cannot be transferred to anyone else; or
    • by your Sponsor if the following requirements are met:
      • you have been selected through a competitive process on the basis of your own research proposal; and
      • the funding of the research is secured in an agreement between your Sponsor and a third party organisation, which includes objectively justified requirements that effectively prohibit any settled worker from undertaking the role.

This exemption continues to apply after the relevant third party funding has ended, as long as you are being sponsored to continue to undertake the same research; or

  • 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
  • as a Doctor in Speciality 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
  • to resume a post in a Higher Education Institution, working for the same Sponsor as in a previous grant of entry clearance or leave to remain as a Tier 2 (General) Migrant, where the break in employment is due solely to a period of academic leave.
  • to continue working as a member of an existing research team and:
    • the Sponsor is a Higher Education Institution or a Research Council, and
    • you have previously worked with the lead researcher as part of their team for a continuous 12 month period immediately before the date of the application (or for 12 months during the 24 months immediately before the date of the application, if you have been absent due to the reasons shown in paragraph 234 of the Tier 2 Policy Guidance during that time)
  • connected with the inward investment provisions
  • to do a job for which salary is not less than £159,600 gross per annum
  • to do a job which is in the list of shortage occupations list.

Your sponsor must include full details of the why the exemption applies on the Certificate of Sponsorship.

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