Tier 2 (General)

The UKBA publishes codes of practice relevant to defined areas of work - which determine the salary level at which any job must be advertised in order to comply with the necessary resident labour market test. The codes of practice also stipulate the organs of the trade press in which a particular job must be advertised - although since April of 2009 the UKBA has required all jobs to also be advertised in Jobcentre Plus.

There is no requirement for a resident labour market test for jobs listed as shortage occupations. The list of such occupations is compiled by an organisation called the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and is published on the UKBA's website.

These requirements are reflected in the points to be awarded for attributes in Appendix A of the Immigration Rules to applicants for entry clearance and leave to remain as Tier 2 (General) Migrants.

All applicants for leave to enter or remain under any sub category of Tier 2 must score points for competence in the English language (Appendix B of the Rules), and must show that they have the ability to support themselves for the first month of their stay in the UK (Appendix C). If their Sponsor is A graded the necessary points for Appendix C can be scored by the Sponsor's issuing a guarantee to maintain and accommodate the Migrant if this is necessary.

Family members of Tier 2 Migrants

As with Tier 1 Migrants a Tier 2 Migrant's family members can accompany the Migrant to the UK. Each family member must satisfy a maintenance requirement under Appendix E of the Immigration Rules.



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  • Tier 1, for which the Highly Skilled
    Migrant Programme (HSMP) was a forerunner, enables highly skilled
    individuals to enter the UK to contribute
    to its economic wealth and productivity. Read more ....

  • Tier 2, is for skilled workers who
    have been offered employment in
    the UK. It has replaced the previous
    Work Permit scheme. Read more ....

  • Tier 4 is for those wishing to study in the
    UK. It has comprehensively replaced the
    Immigration Rules relating to students.
    Read more ....

  • Tier 5 is for youth mobility and temporary
    workers. Their reasons for coming to the
    UK are non-economic. Read more ....


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