Tier 2 Skilled Workers

This post gives you an overview of the different visa subcategories within the UK Points Based System’s Tier 2 Skilled Workers category. Please also see our separate post on Tier 2 General Workers.

The following PBS Tier 2 routes are currently open to applicants overseas:

Skilled Workers
Tier 2 General

also see our separate post for detailed information here

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. For the year from 6 April 2012 to 5 April 2013, a maximum of 20,700 skilled workers can come to the UK under Tier 2 (General) to do jobs with an annual salary below £150,000. There is no limit on the number of workers coming to the UK to do jobs with an annual salary of £150,000 or above. 245H-245SD
Tier 2 Minister of Religion The Tier 2 (Minister of religion) category is for people who have been offered employment or posts or roles within their faith communities in the UK as: ministers of religion undertaking preaching and pastoral work; missionaries; or members of religious orders. 245H-245SD
Tier 2 Sportsperson The Tier 2 (Sportsperson) category is for elite sportspeople and coaches who are internationally established at the highest level, and will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport. Your application will need to be endorsed by your sport’s governing body. If you want to come to the UK as a sportsperson for a short time only, you should apply under Tier 5 (Temporary worker – creative and sporting). Please read the UKBA Guidance for both categories to check which category is most suitable for you. 245H-245SD
Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer This category is for employees of multinational companies who are being transferred by their overseas employer to a UK branch of the organisation, either on a long-term basis or for frequent short visits. There are 4 sub-categories:

  • Long-term staff – for established, skilled employees to be transferred to the UK branch of their organisation for more than 12 months to fill a post that cannot be filled by a new recruit from the resident workforce
  • Short-term staff – for established, skilled employees to be transferred to the UK branch of their organisation for 12 months or less to fill a post that cannot be filled by a new recruit from the resident workforce
  • Graduate trainee – this route allows the transfer of recent graduate employees to a UK branch of the same organisation, as part of a structured graduate training programme which clearly defines progression towards a managerial or specialist role
  • Skills transfer – this route allows the transfer of new graduate employees to a UK branch of the same organisation to learn the skills and knowledge required to perform their job overseas, or to impart their specialist skills or knowledge to the UK workforce.
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PBS Tier 2 Application Forms, Appendices and Guidance

Please note that, in terms of application forms, most applicants need to complete an electronic form. The forms listed in the table below are printed, handwritten forms. UKBA’s country finder tool will tell you if you have to submit an electronic of printed form. If you need to complete an electronic form, the application system will automatically generate the correct form for you. Please note that you will still need to print out your electronic form, and sign and date it! Please also note that all applicants, whether they need to complete an electronic form or not, have to submit a handwritten Appendix. The PBS Appendices are not (not) available via the on-line application system. You can find UKBA’s country finder tool here, and the on-line application system here.

Visa Category Application Form Guidance to complete form Supporting Documents Guidance PBS Policy Guidance Additional form (Appendix) to be completed Paragraph Immigration Rules
Tier 2 General VAF9 Click here Click here Click here Click here 245H-245SD
Tier 2 Minister of Religion VAF9 Click here Click here Click here Click here 245H-245SD
Tier 2 Sportsperson VAF9 Click here Click here Click here Click here 245H-245SD
Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer VAF9 Click here Click here Click here Click here 245G-Z45GF

Closed categories:

Please note that UK immigration rules are subject to continuous change. The information provided in this page is for informative purposes only and its use is entirely at your own risk. Before applying for any visa, you should always contact the responsible government department direct for correct and up to date information.

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