Tier 2 General Visa & Tier 2 ICT Visa
The Differences Between A General Visa and ICT Visa
Tier 2 General Visas are for non-EU workers filling a position with a firm with which they have no previous overseas connection, while Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Visas are for employees who have an established overseas connection with the company and will be transferring to a UK office.
Non-EU workers wishing to acquire a Tier 2 Visa are often at the mercy of unannounced changes to the programme by the Home Office. These changes can lead to delays in obtaining a Tier 2 Visa – and refusals. A Y & J Solicitors’ immigration lawyers are well-versed on the most current Home Office rules, and always keep up-to-date on changes as they occur. They are always prepared to offer advice and assistance based on the current requirements set out by Home Office.
Tier 2 General Visa Top Benefits
Recipients of Tier 2 Visas are able to:
- Live and work in the UK
- Participate in part-time study
- Bring dependents to the UK
- Qualify for permanent residency after 5 years
- British Citizenship
Tier 2 General Visa Eligibility
In order to qualify for a Tier 2 Visa, you must first meet the following general requirements:
- Show English language proficiency
- Have a CoS (Certificate of Sponsorship) from an employer who is a Sponsor Licence holder. (All employers must first hold a Sponsor Licence before employing any Non-EU worker.)
- Maintain required funds for three months.
Foreign students who have completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree using a Student Visa have options for an accelerated route – please contact us for details
Tier 2 ICT Visa
This path is ideal for an intra-company transfer to the UK. You will have access to the same top benefits as the Tier 2 General Visa, and are not required to meet the English language requirement.