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Visitor - General
This visa is for applicants who intend to make a short-term visit for tourism or for visiting friends and family.
Overview of general requirements
The applicant must provide evidence that they:
  • intend to visit the UK for no more than 6 months (or 12 months if they will be accompanying an academic visitor or are visiting for private medical treatment);
  • intend to leave the UK at the end of the visit;
  • have enough money to support and accommodate themselves without working or help from public funds, or they and any dependants will be supported and accommodated by relatives or friends;
  • can meet the cost of the return or onward journey;
The visa is usually issued with six months' validity, and valid for multiple entries. Longer validities are possible for those who can show good reason - such as regular visits to family members.
Extension of this visa
This visa cannot be extended beyond the maximum periods listed above.
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
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All consultations are given by fully qualified OISC level 1 accredited advisers.
Visitor - Business
This visa is for applicants who intend to make a short-term visit for business purposes.
Overview of general requirements
The applicant must be able to show that:
  • they are 18 or over;
  • they intend to visit the UK for no more than 6 months (or 12 months if they are an academic visitor), that they intend to leave the UK at the end of their visit;
  • they have enough money to support and accommodate themselves without working or help from public funds, or they and any dependants will be supported and accommodated by relatives or friends;
  • they are based abroad and do not intend to transfer their base to the UK, even temporarily;
  • they receive their salary from abroad (although it is acceptable for them to receive reasonable travel and subsistence expenses while they are in the UK);
  • they are not replacing someone in the UK, including for temporary leave periods;
  • they can meet the cost of the return or onward journey;
They must also be able to show that, during the visit, they do not intend to:
  • take paid or unpaid employment, produce goods or provide services, including the selling of goods or services directly to members of the public;
  • undertake any other activity which would require a different type of visa
Extension of this visa
This visa cannot be extended beyond the maximum periods listed above unless:
  • You're coming to the UK for private medical treatment - up to 11 months.
  • You're an academic on sabbatical and coming to the UK for research - you, your spouse or civil partner may be able to stay for up to 12 months.
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
1 hour: £100 plus VAT
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All consultations are given by fully qualified OISC accredited advisers.

Should you then decide to use our full services to compile, complete and submit your application to the Home Office or relevant visa centre, the consultation fee will be deducted from the cost of this service.
Visitor Visas
These visas are for applicants wishing to visit the UK for a short period.
Overview of general requirements
There are various categories of visa:
  • Family Visit
  • Student (Short-term) - See Student visas on the UK Visas Home Page
  • Sportsperson
  • Entertainer
  • Marriage or Civil Partnership (if leaving the UK again afterwards)
  • Private Medical Treatment
  • Prospective Entrepreneur visa
  • Child Visitor visa.
  • Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa
  • Visiting UK in Chinese Tour Group - Approved Destination Status (ADS) visa
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
1 hour: £100 plus VAT
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All consultations are given by fully qualified OISC accredited advisers.
TIER 2 General
This visa is for applicants who are skilled workers and will fill vacancies that the employer cannot fill with resident workers or those from the EEA or Switzerland.
Overview of general requirements
To qualify, you must satisfy four criteria:

Offer of Employment:
You must have an offer of employment and a Certificate of Sponsorship from a licensed sponsor in the UK

Salary:
There are minimum salary levels

English Language:
You must provide evidence to prove that you speak English to the required standard.

Maintenance:
You must possess a certain amount of funds to support yourself (and any dependants) in the UK.

Immigration HealthCare Surcharge:
You will need to pay a healthcare contribution (called the 'immigration health surcharge' or IHS) as part of your immigration application.

Immigration Skills Charge:
You will also need to pay the Immigration Skills Charge which came into effect on 6 April 2017 and is levied on employers that employ migrants in skilled areas. The fee is set at £1,000 per employee per year, and is at a reduced rate of £364 for small or charitable organisations.

The Home Office's guidance deems a UK business small if:
  • Its annual revenue/turnover is 10.2m or less; and
  • It has 50 employees or fewer.
Employees recruited into PhD-level occupations will not be subject to the Immigration Skills Charge. Meanwhile any students in the UK on a Tier 4 visa who are able to switch to a Tier 2 visa (General) under immigration rules are also exempt from the fee.

The charge will not apply to non-EEA nationals, sponsored via the Tier 2 immigration route before 6 April, 2017 and who apply from within the UK to extend their Tier 2 stay with either the same or a different sponsor.
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
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TIER 2 Intra-Company Transfer (ICT)
This visa is for applicants whose employer wishes to transfer them from an overseas branch to work in a UK branch.
Overview of general requirements
There are two types: Long-Term and Graduate Trainee for up to 12 months. To qualify, you must satisfy three criteria:

Offer of Employment:
You must have an offer of employment and a Certificate of Sponsorship from a licensed sponsor in the UK. The employer (sponsor) must demonstrate that no resident UK worker can fulfil the role.

Salary:
There are minimum salary levels.

Maintenance:
You must possess a certain amount of funds to support yourself (and any dependants) in the UK, unless your employer is "A-rated".

Immigration HealthCare Surcharge:
You need to pay a healthcare contribution (called the 'immigration health surcharge' or IHS) as part of your immigration application.

Immigration Skills Charge:
You will also need to pay the Immigration Skills Charge which came into effect on 6 April 2017 and is levied on employers that employ migrants in skilled areas. The fee is set at £1,000 per employee per year, and is at a reduced rate of £364 for small or charitable organisations.

The Home Office's guidance deems a UK business small if:
  • Its annual revenue/turnover is 10.2m or less; and
  • It has 50 employees or fewer.

Employees recruited into PhD-level occupations will not be subject to the Immigration Skills Charge. Meanwhile any students in the UK on a Tier 4 visa who are able to switch to a Tier 2 visa (General) under immigration rules are also exempt from the fee.

The charge will not apply to non-EEA nationals, sponsored via the Tier 2 immigration route before 6 April, 2017 and who apply from within the UK to extend their Tier 2 stay with either the same or a different sponsor.
Extension of this visa
You should apply before your current visa expires.

You must also:
  • have the same or a similar job to the one you received your previous visa for
  • still work for the employer who provided your certificate of sponsorship
  • still earn an 'appropriate salary' - read the full guidance if you're not sure
  • already be in the UK
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
1 hour: £100 plus VAT
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TIER 5 Temporary Worker
This visa is for applicants with an offer of short-term work in the UK.

You can stay for up to 12 months or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus 28 days, whichever is shorter. You can enter the UK up to 14 days before the start date of your job.
Overview of general requirements
There are two essential requirements:

Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
You must have an certificate of sponsorship and an offer of employment from a licensed sponsor.

Financial support:
You must possess a certain amount of funds to support yourself in the UK, unless your sponsor is "A-rated".

There are five categories of eligible employment:
  • Creative and Sporting workers
  • Charity (volunteer) workers
  • Religious workers
  • Government authorised exchange workers
  • International agreement workers
  • Youth Mobility Scheme
Extension of this visa
The visa is valid for a maximum of either 12 or 24 months, depending on the exact category. It cannot be extended further.
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
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TIER 1 Exceptional Talent
This visa is for exceptionally talented individuals in the fields of science, humanities, engineering or the arts. Applicants must already be, or be likely to become, world leaders in their particular area.
Overview of general requirements
There is one requirement. Applicants must be endorsed by one of the following four Designated Competent Bodies:
  • Arts Council England – for arts and culture applications
  • The British Academy – for humanities and social science applications
  • The Royal Society - for natural sciences and medical science research applications
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering – for engineering applications
  • Tech City
Extension of this visa
The visa may be extended, subject to:
  • Continued endorsement by the Designated Competent Body
  • The applicant must have earned money in their area of expertise
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
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Permitted Paid Engagements
The Permitted Paid Engagement visa is for those who wish to come to the UK for a short period to do specific paid work without having to be sponsored under the points-based visa system. You will need to demonstrate that you only intend to visit the UK for a short period – for less than 1 month. You can be invited by a UK-based organisation or client to:
  • take part in arts, entertainment or sporting activities including broadcasting
  • take part in fashion modelling assignments
  • be a student examiner or assessor
  • take part in selection panels as a highly qualified academic if you're invited by an education, arts or research organisation
  • give lectures at a higher education institution, as long as it's not a part-time or full-time role
  • examine UK-based pilots so they meet the standards of the country you come from if you're invited by an approved UK training organisation regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority
  • provide advocacy in a particular area of law

Examples of visas we have arranged under this category are for musicians to give concerts, actors to record performances, and for the filming of commercials.
Overview of general requirements
The applicant must provide evidence that they:
  • intend to visit the UK for no more than 1 month
  • are recognised in the field they are coming to work in
  • have enough money to support and accommodate themselves without working in addition to the paid engagement and without receiving help from public funds, or they and any dependants will be supported and accommodated by relatives or friends;
  • can meet the cost of the return or onward journey;
This visa is usually issued with a one month single-entry validity.
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
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TIER 4 Student
This visa is for applicants with an offer of a place at a UK educational institution. There are two types: General and Child (for school students studying at an independent school).
Overview of general requirements
There are two fundamental requirements:

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
You must have an offer of a place to study from a licensed sponsor. The sponsor is the educational institution you will be studying at.

Maintenance:
You must possess a certain amount of funds to support yourself (and any dependants) in the UK.

There are various rules governing the types of courses which are acceptable, the applicant's suitability to undertake them, and the number of hours of study.
Extension of this visa
The visa is valid for the length of the course undertaken, plus a short time afterwards. It may be extended by making a new application for a new course, but this type of visa cannot be used as a route to obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain.
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
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Visitor - Student
This visa is for applicants who intend to undertake short courses.
Overview of general requirements
You must be able to show that:
  • you will be undertaking a course provided by a UKVI approved education provider
  • you are 18 or over
  • you intend to visit the UK for no more than 6 months (or 11 months if you will be undertaking an English Language course )
  • you intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit
  • you have enough money to support and accommodate yourself without working or help from public funds, or you and any dependants will be supported and accommodated by relatives or friends
  • you can meet the cost of the return or onward journey
  • you are not going to undertake any employment or any other activity which would require a different visa
  • you are not in transit to a country outside the 'Common Travel Area' (Ireland, the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands)
Extension of this visa
This visa cannot be extended.
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
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Partner Visas
These visas are for the partners of people who are UK citizens or permanent residents, or with refugee status.
Overview of general requirements
There are three categories:
  • Partner (married or in a civil partnership)
  • Partner (unmarried or same-sex relationship)
  • Fiance(e) or proposed civil partner

The documents required are different for each category, but in all cases:
  • The relationship must be genuine
  • There are certain financial and accommodation requirements
  • The applicant must reach a minimum standard in the English language
Extension of this visa
Fiance(e) visas are valid for 6 months. Once the relationship has been formalised through marriage or civil partnership, the applicant can switch to a Partner visa. Partner visas are valid for 30 months, which can then be extended for another 30 months. After this, the applicant will be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
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Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)
Indefinite Leave to Remain (commonly known as "permanent residence") allows the applicant to live permanently in the UK.
Overview of general requirements
ILR is only granted after an applicant has already been in the UK for a certain period of time. Most commonly, this is 5 years, but depends on the type of original visa and other circumstances.

Some types of visa can never be converted to ILR.

There are also different rules that apply to each category, such as passing the Life in the UK Test and financial status.
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
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Ancestry Visa
This visa is for applicants who can claim a connection with the UK through at least one grandparent.
Overview of general requirements
The fundamental requirements are:
  • you are a Commonwealth citizen
  • you are aged 17 or over
  • you are able to work and you plan to work in the UK
  • you can adequately support and accommodate yourself and your dependants without help from public funds
  • You must also show that at least 1 of your grandparents was born in the UK

This visa allows full rights to work with no restrictions.
Extension of this visa
The original visa is valid for 5 years. At the end of this period, and subject to certain requirements, it is possible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
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TIER 1 Entrepreneur
This visa is for applicants able to invest money in the UK.

You can:
Overview of general requirements
To qualify, you must satisfy following criteria:

Attributes: You must meet one of the following conditions:
You have access to not less than £200,000 and you can prove that the money is either:
  • 1. your own
  • 2. made available to you by other people ('third parties'), such as a spouse, partner or investor
  • 3. in a joint account with your spouse or partner but only if they aren't applying for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa.
  • 4. The funds must be held in the UK if you're applying for leave to remain.

Or

You have access to not less than £50,000 held in one or more regulated financial institutions and which is free to spend ('disposable') on business in the UK. It must be available from:
  • 1. one or more registered venture capitalist firms regulated by the Financial Services Authority OR
  • 2. one or more UK Entrepreneurial seed funding competitions which is listed as endorsed on the UK Trade & Investment website OR
  • 3. one or more UK Government Departments, and made available by the Department(s) for the specific purpose of establishing or expanding a UK Business.
  • 4. Must meet the English language requirement.

Or

You can apply as a former Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur).
  • 1. are applying for leave to remain
  • 2. have, or were last granted, leave as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrant, and
  • 3. have access to not less than £50,000

Or

You can apply as a former Tier 1 (Post-study worker).
  • 1. are applying for leave to remain,
  • 2. have, or were last granted, leave as a Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) Migrant,
  • 3. were, on a date no earlier than three months prior to the date of application:
    • registered with HM revenue and Customs as self-employed, or
    • registered a new business in which you are a director, or
    • registered as a director of an existing business,
  • 4. You can apply with funding from:
    • a UK entrepreneurial seed funding competition endorsed by DIT .
    • a UK government department funding the setting up or expansion of a UK business
  • 5. You can also apply using your own funds or money from a venture capital firm if you been either:
    • involved in running one or more UK businesses since before 11 July 2014
    • working in a job on the list of occupations at the regulated qualifications Framework (RQF) level 4 or above since before 11 July 2014.
  • 6. have access to not less than £50,000, and
    • The money is held in one or more regulated financial institutions
    • The money is disposable in the United Kingdom.

Or

You can apply if you have a Tier 1 (General) visa and want to change (switch) your visa.
  • 1. You can apply with funding from:
    • a UK entrepreneurial seed funding competition endorsed by DIT.
    • a UK government department funding the setting up or expansion of a UK business
  • 2. You can also apply using money from a venture capital firm if you have been either:
    • Involved in running one or more UK businesses since before 6 April 2015.
    • working in a job on the list of occupations at the RQF level 4 or above since before 6 April 2015.
  • 3. You can't apply using money from any other source, including your own money.
  • 4. You can rely on investments from up to 12 months before your Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) application.

Or

You may be able to apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa if you're already in the UK and you're a Tier 4 visa holder.
  • 1. You can apply with funding from:
    • a UK entrepreneurial seed funding competition endorsed by DIT.
    • a UK government department making funds available for the purpose of setting up or expanding a UK business
  • 2. Your investment funds can't include:
    • your own money.
    • money from any other third parties
    • money from a UK venture capital firm
  • 3. The funds must be held in the UK if you're applying for leave to remain.
  • 4. You can rely on investments from up to 12 months before your Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) application.

English Language:

You must provide evidence to prove that you speak English language when you apply.
You can prove your knowledge of English by either:
  • passing an approved English language test with at least CEFR level B1 in reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • having an academic qualification that was taught in English and is recognized by UK NARIC as being equivalent to a UK bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD
  • Exceptions for the National of the 16 Countries listed by UKVI Guidance for English language requirements.

Financial Support:

You must possess a certain amount of funds to support yourself (and any dependants) in the UK.
How you prove this depends on where you're making your application from:
  • outside the UK - you'll need £3,310
  • in the UK - you'll need £945
Your personal savings must have been in your bank account for 90 consecutive days before you apply.

You can't use either of the following to support yourself:
  • money from your investment funds
  • money earned while working in the UK illegally.
Please note: Two people (an Entrepreneur Team) can share the funds as above and both apply for this visa.
Extension of this visa
Attributes:

You must meet all of the following conditions:

You should apply before your current visa expires.

You can apply to extend your visa if you:
  • meet the eligibility requirements
  • registered as a director or as self-employed no more than 6 months after the date you were given permission to stay in the UK under a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa
  • can prove you've been self-employed, a member of a partnership or working as a director of a business 3 months before you apply
  • created at least 2 full time jobs that have existed for at least 12 months
You must have invested into 1 or more UK businesses either:
  • £200,000 in cash
  • £50,000 in cash if your initial application was based on having funds from an approved funding source
You should include any dependants who are on your current visa on your application to extend - including children who have turned 18 during your stay.

You should read the full guidance on the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa before you apply.

English Language:

You must provide evidence to prove that you speak English language when you apply.
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
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TIER 1 Investor
This visa is for applicants who are able to invest a significant sum in the UK.
Overview of general requirements
You can apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa if:
You must have access to at least £2,000,000 in investment funds to apply.

How long you can stay

You can come to the UK with a Tier 1 (Investor) visa for a maximum of 3 years and 4 months.
You can apply to extend this visa for another 2 years.

You can:
  • invest £2,000,000 or more in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK registered companies
  • work or study
  • apply to settle after 2 years if you invest £10 million
  • apply to settle after 3 years if you invest £5 million

You can't:
  • invest in companies mainly engaged in property investment, property management or property development
  • work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach
  • get public funds

You also can't work as a doctor or dentist in training unless one of the following applies:
  • you have a primary degree at bachelors level or above in medicine or dentistry from a UK institution that holds a Tier 4 sponsor license or is a UK recognized or listed body
  • you worked as a doctor or dentist in training the last time you were in the UK
  • neither of those conditions were part of the terms and conditions on a previous visa

Immigration HealthCare Surcharge:

You need to pay a healthcare surcharge (called the 'immigration health surcharge' or IHS) as part of your immigration application.
Extension of this visa
You can apply to extend your visa if you:
  • have at least £2,000,000 under your control in the UK
  • have invested those funds in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in active UK companies
  • invested this sum within 3 months of your 'investor start date'

Funds under your control in the UK:
  • You must have invested the full amount made up of your own money or your partner's money.
  • Investment made within 3 months of your investor start date.

Your 'investor start date' is either:
  • the date you came into the UK (if you have proof of this)
  • the date your original visa application or switch from a different visa category was approved (if you can't prove your date of entry)
Indefinite Leave to Remain
The more you invest, the sooner you can apply to remain in the UK indefinitely. The rules are:

Amount InvestedEarliest Date to Apply
£2 million5 years after investment is made
£5 million3 years after investment is made
£10 million2 years after investment is made
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
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TIER 2 Sponsor Licence
Overview of general requirements
In order to recruit an immigrant worker, an organisation must firstly obtain a Sponsor Licence from the UKVI. Once the licence is obtained, the organisation will be able to issue Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) to potential employees. Potential employees will then have to satisfy the criteria for the visa they are applying for, such as Tier 2 General.
Obtaining the Licence
The rules and documents required for an organisation to obtain a licence are complicated and vary according to the precise type of organisation and which categories of worker they wish to be able to employ. After obtaining the licence, there are various procedures and duties which the organisation must follow.

The basic requirements are:
  • you are a legitimate organisation working within the law in the UK;
  • there are no reasons to believe that you are a threat to immigration control;
  • your organisation is committed to fulfilling its sponsorship duties.
How can VisaHQ immigration advisers help?
We can handle your application all the way through to submission, the fees for which depend on the exact circumstances, and are available on request. Alternatively, we can provide a consultation at which we advise you on how to make the application yourself. As applicants for UK visas almost always have a number of questions they would like to ask, we offer consultations as required:
1 hour: £100 plus VAT
020 7148 4723020 7148 4723