Tier 2 Summary

Working in the UK: Introduction to Tier 2


This section of the website explains whether and how you can apply to enter or remain in the UK as a skilled worker under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system (‘Tier 2 PBS’). The Tier 2 (General) category is for foreign nationals who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce that cannot be filled by a settled worker. Before you apply, you must read the Tier 2 policy guidance concerning the Tier 2 rules.

Do you need a Tier 2 visa to come to the UK? Tier 2 is part of the points-based system, which is for migrants from outside Europe. You do not need to apply under the points-based system to work legally in the UK if:

Acknowledgement - This section of the website includes public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0. A copy of the licence can be found at: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/ Such information shown is correct as at 14 August 2012. References in the text to ‘we’ and ‘us’ refer to the UK Border Agency and references to ‘you’ and ‘they’ refer to the Tier 2 applicant and his or her dependants).

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