Below is an overview of the various requirements connected to a Tier 2 sponsorship:
The role must be considered by the Home Office to be skilled to at least degree level. The Home Office maintains a list of occupations for which sponsorship can be provided, entitled "Codes of Practice". The main duties detailed on the job description for the role is compared to these Codes to identify the correct occupation.
The following roles are the most commonly sponsored occupations:
Additionally, roles outside of research and teaching may include, but are not limited to:
1. the absolute minimum salary threshold
2. the threshold specific to each occupation.
The absolute minimum threshold is split into the following two categories:
New Entrant - £20,800 per year
Sponsorship under the new entrant salary threshold can be provided for a maximum period of 3 years and 1 month.
Experienced Worker - £30,000 per year
This will be found on the Home Office Codes of Practice, and provides a minimum salary threshold for both 'New Entrants' and 'Experienced workers'.
It can be more difficult for sponsorship to be provided for part-time roles. The part-time salary must be at or above the absolute minimum salary of £20,800 for 'New Entrant' or £30,000 for 'Experienced Workers' with the full time equivalent salary needing to meet the occupation threshold.
Guaranteed allowances, for example for accommodation, as long as they are detailed in the contract of employment and will be paid for the duration of the sponsorship, will be included in the salary calculation.
Adhoc allowances, or those relating to the individual performing the duties of their role (for example a book, research, entertainment or relocation allowance) cannot be included in the salary calculation and are not disclosed to the Home Office.
Advertising must be in line with the Home Office’s Resident Labour Market Test, subject to certain exemptions (for example for students studying on a Tier 4 student visa).
The Resident Labour Market Test includes advertising a role for a period of 28 calendar days, on two suitable media, ensuring key information about the role is included.
Meeting the advertising requirements is an essential part of the sponsorship requirements. For the Home Office it ensures anyone from the Resident Labour Market has the opportunity to apply and be considered for the role. The role must be a genuine vacancy, with all applicants considered against the selection criteria detailed in the advert and job description.
For information on how to advertise in a way that satisfies the Resident labour market test (RLMT) requirement, please see our Advertising & Selection page.
Please do contact a Staff Immigration Advisor if you are unsure about a role meeting the sponsorship requirements. They can assess the job description and advert to confirm whether it is sponsorable for a Tier 2 visa and meets the RLMT requirements.
Once sponsorship is provided by the Staff Immigration Team in the form of a Certificate of Sponsorship, the individual submits a visa application to the Home Office for themselves and any dependants (partner, children under the age of 18) to be granted the Tier 2 (General) visa.
The Request a CoS & Prepare visa application page provides further details on the visa requirements to be met, which can include English language, tuberculosis screening, maintenance and criminal record checks.
Medical Sciences / Humanities / GLAM / UAS / Continuing Education / Colleges
Angelina Pelova Tel: 01865 289904 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
James Galloway Tel: 01865 289927 Email: email@example.com
MPLS / Social Sciences
Nina Song Tel: 01865 289926 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Solveig Alsaker Tel: 01865 289912 Email: email@example.com