You can apply for extension/renewal of your Tier 2 General visa from inside the UK if your current Tier 2 General leave is about to expire or if you are changing job and being sponsored by a different Tier 2 General sponsor. Your prospective Tier 2 General sponsor will normally need to assign you an unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for you to apply for extension/renewal of your Tier 2 General visa. You cannot apply for Tier 2 General visa extension from outside the UK.

Tier 2  General visa is a Point Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), Appropriate Salary, English language and funds for maintenance. It is pertinent to note that the applicant must comply with all the requirements of codes of practice for employers (Appendix J) including the job level, minimum salary, etc to succeed in his application for extension of Tier 2 General visa.

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Specialist Solicitors For Tier 2 General Visa Extension/Renewal
Eligibility Requirements
Change Of Employment Applications
Points Based Criteria For Tier 2 General Visa Extension
Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For Tier 2 General Extension
How Can We Help You?
How Much We Charge?
Need Help? Book An Appointment
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Specialist Solicitors For Tier 2 General Visa Extension/Renewal

Our expert team of Tier 2 visa solicitors are specialists in dealing with Tier 2 General visa extension/renewal applications. As specialist Tier 2 visa solicitors, our Tier 2 lawyers have wealth of knowledge and experience to provide high quality legal services for Tier 2 General visa extension applications. Our Tier 2 visa solicitors have helped thousands of Tier 2 General Migrants with their Tier 2 General visa extenson applications. The high quality of our legal services is self-evident from the reviews of our clients for excellent immigration services provided by our highly experienced and qualified immigration lawyers.

Need help and assistance with Tier 2 General visa renewal? Contact our expert team of Tier 2 General visa solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham for fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for your Tier 2 General visa renewal application. Ask a question to our Tier 2 General visa solicitors for free immigration advice or schedule an appointment for detailed legal advice concerning your Tier 2 General extension matter.

Eligibility Requirements For Tier 2 General Visa Extension

You should meet the following requirements for renewal/extension of your Tier 2 General visa:

  • You must have current permission to enter or stay on a Tier 2 (General) visa;
  • have a valid certificate of sponsorship (CoS) for your job;
  • show your job is at appropriate job level as stated in Appendix J of the Immigration Rules;
  • show you are being paid an appropriate salary for your job as stated in Appendix J of the Immigration Rules;
  • if you are continuing with the same employer:
    • you must still be working for the same employer who assigned your certificate of sponsorship;
    • you are still earning an 'appropriate salary'
  • if you changing employer or changing job role with the same employer:
    • your employer must have carried out the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) before assigning certificate of sponsorship (CoS) to you unless an exemption from the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) applies.

Change Of Employment Applications

You must make a change of employment application if you wish to change employer. You must have a new Certificate of Sponsorship and you must meet all the points requirements.

You must also make a change of employment application if you are remaining with the same employer but:

  • there is a change to your core duties which means you change jobs to a different Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code other than one related solely to the reclassification from SOC 2000 to SOC 2010; or
  • under TUPE (or similar) protection you change jobs and the new job is in the same SOC code, but your new salary is less than the appropriate rate for the new job as shown in the relevant code of practice; or
  • you are remaining with the same sponsor but there is a change to your core duties which means you change jobs from a job which is currently on the shortage occupation list to a job which is not on the shortage occupation list; or
  • your pay reduces from the level indicated on your current Certificate of Sponsorship, other than changes due to company-wide reductions defined as acceptable in the Sponsor Guidance, or reductions due to maternity, paternity, adoption leave, and/or a period of sick leave that lasted for one month or longer; or
  • changes to your core duties which means your job changes within the same SOC code provided your pay remains above the acceptable rate for the new job.

A change of employment application is not required for other changes to your job. For example if you are remaining with the same employer and change jobs to a different job within the same  SOC code, your pay increases, or you are moving under TUPE (or similar) protection due to takeover, merger, or de-merger or any other circumstances in which TUPE is triggered.

What Is The Points Based Criteria For Tier 2 General Visa Extension?

Tier 2  General visa is a Point Based visa category and points can be awarded for the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), Appropriate Salary, English language and funds for maintenance. A Tier 2 General migrant should score 70 points in total to qualify for Tier 2 General visa extension. The breakdown of the required points for renewal of Tier 2 General visa is given in the table below:

Criterion Points

Assigned a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) having met the requirements of:

  • A Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) exemption; or
  • A Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) by the Tier 2 sponsor
30
Appropriate Salary 20
Funds for maintenance 10
English language 10
Total Points 70

Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For Tier 2 General Extension

As the expert Tier 2 General visa solicitors based in London, Manchester and Birmingham, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service (SPS) for your application whereby decision on your Tier 2 General visa renewal application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the submission of the application at a designated service centre.

Our experienced Tier 2 General visa solicitors can prepare and submit your application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get decision on your Tier 2 General extension application within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your Tier 2 General extension application for months (sometimes years).

How Can We Help With Your Tier 2 General Extension Application?

Our specialist team of Tier 2 General visa solicitors can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for your application for extension of Tier 2 General visa. As your appointed legal representatives for Tier 2 General visa renewal application, our work can include the following:

  • assessing your eligibility for extension of your Tier 2 General visa by considering all the relevant eligibility requirements;
  • if you are changing employer, assisting your prospective Tier 2 General sponsor with Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT), if applicable, and correctly assigning the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to you;
  • advising on relevant documents to be submitted in support of the Tier 2 General visa extension application;
  • assessing the documentary evidence including the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to ensure that the documents are in line with the Home Office UKVI requirements for renewal of Tier 2 General visa;
  • completing online application form for extension of Tier 2 General visa;
  • preparing a detailed cover letter in support of your Tier 2 General extension application to explain in detail how all the relevant requirements for renewal of Tier 2 General visa have been satisfied by the Tier 2 applicant;
  • submitting the Tier 2 General extension application online, paying the Home Office UKVI fees for Tier 2 General visa extension application and booking applicant's appointment with the UKVCAS application centre;
  • uploading all the supporting documents online in support of the Tier 2 General extension application;
  • doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office UKVI until decision is reached on your Tier 2 General extension application.

Our Fee For Tier 2 General Visa Extension

Our fees for providing expert legal help and assistance with an application for extension of Tier 2 General visa are given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fee
One-Off Immigration Advice & Consultation concerning Tier 2 General visa extension £80 (including VAT)
One-Off Documents Checking Service for an application for Tier 2 General visa extension £200 + VAT
Helping Tier 2 Sponsor With Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) and assigning the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to the Applicant £500 + VAT
Full help with application for Tier 2 General visa extension (all the work after CoS being assigned until decision by the Home Office UKVI on your Tier 2 General visa extension application) From £700 + VAT To £1,200 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application for extension of your Tier 2 General visa and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for helping with an application for Tier 2 General visa extension, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the application.

FAQs - Tier 2 General Visa Extension

How early can I apply for Tier 2 General visa extension?

You can normally apply for extension of your Tier 2 General visa 28 days before the expiry of your current Tier 2 General visa. Exceptionally, you can also apply for Tier 2 General visa renewal up to 3 months before the expiry of your current Tier 2 General visa.

In case of change of employment, you can apply for Tier 2 General visa extension at any time during the validity of your current Tier 2 General visa but within 3 months of the date your CoS has been assigned to you by your new Tier 2 sponsor.

How many times can I extend my Tier 2 General visa?

There is no limit on the number of times you can apply for extension of your Tier 2 General visa. You can extend your Tier 2 General visa either before it expires or when you change Tier 2 sponsor (change of employment application). There is no limit on number of times you can change your Tier 2 sponsor. However, you cannot be in the UK for more than 6 years in total under Tier 2 General visa category.

It is very common for applicants to apply for initial Tier 2 General visa for either 5 years in one go or initial application for 3 years followed by an extension for 2 or 3 years.

Can I apply for Tier 2 General visa renewal after the expiry of my current Tier 2 General visa?

By virtue of paragraph 39E of the Immigration Rules, an applicant can apply for Tier 2 General visa extension within 14 days of the expiry of his Tier 2 General leave or within 14 days of Section 3C leave expiring. The applicant must give good reasons as to why he could not apply for extension before the expiry of his Tier 2 General leave.

Can I re-apply for Tier 2 General extension if my application for Tier 2 General visa renewal has been refused by the Home Office UKVI?

Subject to meeting the requirements of paragraph 39E of the Immigration Rules, you can re-apply for Tier 2 General visa extension within 14 days of the refusal of your Tier 2 General extension application or within 14 days of the Administrative Review (AR) refusal decision of your Tier 2 General visa extension application.

How can I apply for Tier 2 General visa extension?

An application for Tier 2 General visa extension is made online. You will need a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) assigned to you by your Tier 2 sponsor for you to be able to complete and submit your online Tier 2 General extension application.

Once the Tier 2 General extension application has been completed and submitted online, you can pay the Home Office UKVI fee for Tier 2 General visa extenson online and book the biometrics appointment online with the UKVCAS biometrics centre. You must upload all your supporting documents online before you attend the UKVCAS biometrics centre.

What is the processing time of Tier 2 General visa extension application?

The processing time of Tier 2 General visa extension application depends on the type of service you use to submit your Tier 2 General visa extension application. The service standards for Tier 2 General visa extension application processing are as follows:

Standard Service

A Tier 2 General extension application submitted through standard service is normally decided within 8 weeks.

Priority Service

A Tier 2 General extension application submitted through priority service is normally decided within 5 working days.

Super Priority Service

A Tier 2 General extension application submitted through super priority service is normally decided within 24 hours.

Can I start working for my new employer before my application for Tier 2 General visa based on change of employment is approved by the Home Office?

It is recommended that you do not start work for your sponsor until you have received your biometric residence permit (BRP). However, on the basis of your approval letter, if you and your sponsor agree you can start work before you have your BRP, both you and your sponsor carry the risk of having no statutory excuse against a civil penalty if the BRP card is incorrect or withdrawn by the Home Office UKVI. You can continue working for your previous sponsor until the start date on your new Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), provided your previous leave has not expired.

Can I apply for Tier 2 General extension application from outside the UK?

You cannot apply for an extension if you are applying from outside the UK.

Is Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) required if I am continuing my job with the same employer under the same job role?

A Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) is not required for extension applications if you are continuing with the same Tier 2 sponsor under the same job role.

Can I continue working for my current sponsor while my application for Tier 2 General extension is pending with the Home Office UKVI?

You can continue working while we are considering your extension application, provided you submitted the application before your previous leave expired.

What is the job skill level required for extension of Tier 2 General visa?

For extension of Tier 2 General visa, the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) assigned by your Tier 2 General sponsor must confirm that:

What is Shortage Occupations List (SOL) for extension of Tier 2 General visa?

The shortage occupation list is an official list of occupations as given in Appendix K of the Immigration Rules for which there are not enough resident workers to fill job vacancies. The shortage occupation lists are recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) and are revised periodically.

You will be awarded 30 points if your job was on a shortage occupation list at the time your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) was assigned by your Tier 2 General sponsor.

There is one list for the whole of the UK and a further additional list for Scotland. If you want to be awarded points for a job on the shortage occupation list in Scotland, you must be undertaking that job in Scotland.

You should confirm with your Tier 2 General sponsor that they have indicated that your job is a shortage occupation in the relevant field on the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). You should also confirm with your Tier 2 General sponsor that the SOC code and job description on the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) show that the job is one of those included on the shortage occupation list.

In general, if a role is on the shortage occupation list, your sponsor is not required to advertise the position.

What if I am changing employer but my prospective employer does not have the Tier 2 General sponsor licence to sponsor me for extension of my Tier 2 General visa?

If you are changing employment and your new prospective employer does not have the Tier 2 General sponsor licence to sponsor you for extension of your Tier 2 General visa, our expert team of sponsor licence solicitors can help your new employer to apply for Tier 2 General sponsor licence so that your employer is able to sponsor you for change of employment and extension of your Tier 2 General visa.

For how long will I be granted leave to remain as a result of successful application for Tier 2 General visa extension?

You can apply to extend your Tier 2 General visa for up to another 5 years, as long as your total stay under Tier 2 General visa category is not more than 6 years.

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