The Tier 2 visa has become one of the most important forms of migrant visa, especially since the Tier 1 visa for highly skilled workers has been abolished. The Tier 2 (general) visa is often referred to as the skilled migrant visa or skilled worker visa, because it requires that you have a job offer as one of the main requirements for acceptance of your application.
The UK visa system is used by skilled or exceptional migrants that are looking to enter the UK. Visas exist for those that are looking to continue their study, to invest money in UK business, or those that are looking to invest in the establishment and running of their own business. The general Tier 2 visa is considered the general visa type that is used by skilled workers from outside the EU, and that are looking to work and live in the UK. However, there are strict requirements that must be met for an application to be successful.
The Tier 2 visa requires that you have a job offer, and that you therefore have a job waiting for you when you arrive in the country. This ensures that you will have money to support yourself, and the visa will usually be granted for a period that is similar to the period of your job offer. The visa may be extended, in some cases, as long as the job offer is extended, or if you have a replacement qualifying job to move to.
The government imposes a cap, currently of 20,700 people, that are allowed to enter the country under the general visa type. However, those that have a salary of £150,000 or more are not considered a part of this cap, so if you are moving for a high salary position, you may be entitled to a visa regardless of whether this number has been reached or not.
The visa system utilises a points based system, and applicants must be able to show that they have achieved the minimum number of points required for a successful application. Enlist the help of a professional and qualified lawyer, or legal team, to assist in your visa application to ensure the best possible chance of success.