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Tier 2 visa for the UK

Tier 2 visa

A Tier 2 visa for the UK is a work permit visa issued by the Home Office that allows one to work inside the state. A skilled worker visa is an updated form of a Tier 2(general) visa. This visa facilitates talented overseas persons’ work in the UK. Any qualified person from the healthcare sector, education, army, or any sector can apply for a skilled worker visa and work in UK companies that are eligible for sponsorship.

You can get a skilled worker visa/Tier 2 visa if you have job sponsorship from an employer who is a license holder and can offer you a job in his company. 

Types of tier 2 visas/Skilled worker visas

The terms Tier 2 visa and skilled worker visa are the same. A skilled worker visa is a renovated and upgraded form of a general/Tier 2 visa. Here are some different types of Tier 2 visas.

  • Healthcare visa
  • Global talent visa
  • Ministry of Religion visa
  • Sportsperson visa

Eligibility for a Tier 2 visa

 You can have a skilled worker visa if your application meets the eligibility criteria of a Tier 2 visa. Some basic and essential requirements for a Tier 2 visa are

  • You must have a valid job offer
  • Have CoS ( certificate of sponsorship) from a licensed employer from the Home Office
  • Pass the B1 English proficiency test
  • Score a minimum of 70 scores from the list of point-based systems issued by Govt to acquire the Tier 2 visa
  • Your salary must meet the minimum condition of £27500-£30000.
  • Must show the criminal record certificate

The procedure of application for a tier 2 visa/skilled worker visa

You can get a Tier 2 Visa/skilled worker visa online. The application submission procedure is not very tricky. You can easily apply if you have a legal advisory. Here is a simple and valid step-by-step procedure for application submission.

  • Online application submission: You can submit your skilled worker visa application online by downloading it from the UK government’s website.
  •  Upload all the required documents for the Tier 2 visa application
  • Scan or upload photos that must be in PNG, JPG, JPEG, or PDF format
  • Pay online fees for the application
  • You have to pay a healthcare surcharge also along with the application fee
  • Once you complete all the required fields of your application, submit it and wait for the response from the Home Office.

How much time will it take to get approval?

When your Tier 2 visa application is submitted, you must wait eight weeks for a response if you are applying outside the UK. If you are applying from inside the UK for an extension or switching, you must wait three weeks for an approval response.

You can also pay some extra money for fast approval and quick action.

cost/fee for tier 2 visa application

It costs different when you are applying from inside or outside the UK. 

From outside the UK

A Tier 2 visa application costs £719 for three years. If you want to stay longer, you must pay the visa application fee of £1420 per person.

From inside the UK

Extending, converting, or switching your visa from inside the UK will pay £827 for a three-year stay. On the other hand, each person must pay £1636 for more than three years’ stay.

Health surcharge fee

The health surcharge fee is £1035 per year, and you must pay it whether you are applying from inside or outside the UK.

What can I do and don’t do during my stay in the UK if I have a tier 2 visa?

If you have a skilled worker visa or Tier 2 visa, you can get some benefits while you work in the UK. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts during your stay in the state. 

Benefits you can avail/Do’s

  1. You can do a job with any licensed company.
  2. You can switch your job and also do a part-time job
  3. You can study further while you stay in the state along with your job
  4. You can bring your dependent spouse, children, and parents too.

Things you can’t do here on a Tier 2 visa

Here are some substances you cannot do during your stay in the UK.

  1. You cannot claim any public funds
  2. You cannot get job pensions or any housing scheme funds
  3. Purchasing shares of any company of more than 10% is not allowed for Tier 2 visa holders.

How can KQ Solicitors assist you in getting a Tier 2 visa?

KQ Solicitors, a well-known legal firm in the UK, can assist you in getting a tier 2 visa very efficiently because

  • We have a team of professionals who can guide you throughout the procedure.
  • We provide free consultations to our precious clients and guide them in decision-making.
  • Proved and on the record 100% case success rate.
  • Serving our satisfied clients for almost 20 years.


In the ending lines, the Tier 2 visa is difficult to avail in the UK. If you are talented and want to work inside the state, you must fulfill all the conditions and requirements to acquire the skilled worker visa. Some necessary and primary requirements include a valid sponsorship for the job, English proficiency, and financial stability. 

It would help if you moved to the UK with legal advice. Your visa application and approval can be smooth if you choose KQ Solicitors as your legal consultants. KQ Solicitors has a team of skilled and professional lawyers who can guide you properly and help you throughout the visa approval procedure. Our professionals are always available for our precious clients. You can contact us at or +44 7853 844688. You can also visit us at


Q1. How can we differentiate between a tier 2 visa and a skilled worker visa?

Ans. The tier 2 visa and skilled worker visa are the exact same thing. The skilled worker visa is an upgraded tier 2 general visa form.

Q2. Can I apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) with a tier 2 visa?

Ans. yes. You can apply for ILR (indefinite leave to remain) if you have worked in the UK for the last five years on a tier 2 visa.

Q3. What are the basic requirements for the Tier 2 visa application?

Ans. The basic requirements for tier 2 visa application include 

  • A job sponsorship
  • English proficiency
  • Financial maintenance
  • Pass the Life in the UK Test

Q4. Do I need a legal consultant to approve my visa fast?

Ans. Yes, you need a legal advisor to get a fast response for your visa application, as they know all the hidden requirements in all the visa procedures.

Q5. How can KQ Solicitors help in the immigration process?

Ans. KQ Solicitors is a well-known UK legal firm. It provides proper guidelines to clients and makes their way to the UK more accessible and convenient.

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Khurram Amir Qureshi has been an advocate of Pakistan since 2004, a Solicitor of England and Wales since 2009, Solicitor of Ireland since 2015. He has extensive experience in family law, Immigration law, Personal injury cases, and Civil and Commercial litigation gaining over 13 years of continuous practice in England and Wales.

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