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Tier 2 visa is needed to travel to the UK for employment. This post only covers the application process. I will publish general guidelines for Tier 2 visa if and when I get my tier 2 visa.

Category of Visa

  • Tier 2 (General) Visa – General Migrant for 3 years.
  • Points-Based Visa

Tier 2 Visa is a points-based visa. You need to score 70 points to be eligible for the visa. Scoring 70 points does not guarantee visa clearance, though.

 Scoring

1. Shortage Occupation 30 points

2. RLMT 30 points

3. Salary of £159,600 or more 30 points

4. Appropriate Salary20 points

5. English Language10 points

6. Maintenance10 points

Total Needed 70 points . Point number 1, 2, 3 and 6 are mentioned on your certificate of sponsorship.

Appropriate Salary

You must be paid at least £30,000 per year or the ‘appropriate rate’ for the job you’re offered – whichever is higher. Check the appropriate rate for the job you’ve been offered.

English Language

You must score at least 4.0 overall in IELTS UKVI Academic or you can apply for UK NARIC.

Maintenance

If your hospital is not providing you with maintenance, then you must have personal savings of at least £945, which must have been held for 90 consecutive days (finishing on the date of the closing balance), ending no more than 31 days before the date of their application to score 10 points for maintenance.

The Visa Process

The basic process is similar to that of the PLAB visa:

  • Submit an online visa form from the Visa4UK website.
  • Take an appointment for passport submission and ID check.
  • Attend the appointment.

 

1. The Online Form

The online form is very simple and very similar to the one for PLAB visa. Once you submit this form, you will be asked to pay your visa fee and an additional immigration health surcharge fee.

The Visa Fee is £587

Immigration Health Surcharge £200 per year.

This depends on the length of your trip mentioned on your certificate of sponsorship.

2. Booking an Appointment

As soon as you submit the above-mentioned fee, you will be asked to book an appointment for passport submission and your ID check at the visa office. You can select an appointment time that is convenient for you.

3. The Appointment

Once you reach the visa office, you will be offered a premium service, which includes tea and biscuits; you will not have to wait in the queue either. A few people prefer this service. However, most reviews are negative since there is no major difference between this and the regular service. Our visa application is not processed earlier because of this service.

The rest of the process will be the same as your PLAB 2 visa appointment. You will be asked to submit your passport. Your ID will be confirmed by taking a picture and fingerprint scans.

There has been a recent change with regards to document submission from Pakistan. Now our documents are not submitted, but only scanned and returned back to us. Only our passport is submitted. This change has been implemented only for points-based visas and settlement visas, not for PLAB visas.

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