Tier 2 became live on the 27 November 2008
If you are a skilled worker and have a job offer from a licensed sponsor, you must apply under tier 2 of the points-based system. You must have a valid certificate of sponsorship from your employer.
There are four categories of Tier 2:
* Skilled workers (General);
* Intra-company transfers;
* Ministers of religion;
For a skilled worker, you must have :
1. A Sponsor & a valid Certificate of Sponsorship
2. You are awarded points based on your:
b. Future expected earnings;
d. English language skills; and
e. Available maintenance (funds).
Process time: Premium same day service is available, it takes more than three months to process the application made by post.