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Tier 2 has four categories:
  • General – if you have an offer of a skilled job that cannot be filled by a settled worker. This category includes applicants coming to the UK to fill shortage occupations.
  • Intra-Company Transfer – if you are an employee of a multi-national company and are being transferred to a UK based branch of the same organisation either on a long term basis or for frequent short visits. You cannot use this route if you are an employee of an overseas organisation that is not linked by common ownership or control to the UK entity. There are 4 sub-categories of Intra-Company Transfer:•Long Term Staff -if you have been working for your organisation for at least 12 months directly prior to your transfer and are being transferred to a skilled job in the UK to fill a post which cannot be filled by a settled worker. This is for a period of more than 12 calendar months, up to a maximum stay of 5 years (or 9 years for any staff earning £152,100 a year or more). This route can also be used for periods of less than 12 months. It is up to you and your sponsor to decide whether to use this sub-category or the Short Term sub-category for periods of less than 12 months.•Short Term Staff – if you have been working for your organisation for at least 12 months directly prior to your transfer and are being transferred to a skilled job in the UK to fill a post which cannot be filled by a settled worker for a maximum period of 12 months.•Graduate Trainee – if you are a recent graduate recruit being transferred to a UK branch of your organisation for the purpose of training. (This route must not be used to fill long-term posts). You must be coming to the UK as part of a structured graduate training programme with clearly defined progression towards a managerial or specialist role within your organisation.•Skills Transfer – if you are employed overseas and are being transferred to a UK branch of the same organisation to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to perform your role overseas, or to impart your specialist skills to the UK workforce. You are not required to have been employed for a minimum period to qualify for this sub-category.
  • Sportsperson – if you are an elite sportsperson or coach whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of your sport at the highest level.
  • Minister of Religion – if you are a Minister of Religion undertaking preaching and pastoral work, Missionary, or Member of a Religious Order, taking up employment, or a post/role within your faith community in the UK.

You cannot apply under Tier 2 (General) or Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) if you are applying for permission to work as a sportsperson or a minister of religion.

4. You must have a job offer and a Certificate of Sponsorship from an organisation that is a licensed sponsor in the UK. You can only have a job offer if you will not be displacing a suitable settled worker. This means that employers cannot offer a job to a non-settled worker if it means that a suitable settled worker will be turned down for the job or made redundant.

5. The sponsor must meet the requirements for the category you are applying under and accept certain responsibilities to help with immigration control. You must not own more than 10% of your sponsor’s shares if the sponsor is a limited company unless you are applying under the Intra-Company Transfer category or your Certificate of Sponsorship shows you will earn £152,100 or higher.

6. You must score a minimum of:

•50 points for Attributes, which includes having a sponsor and a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (Appendix A of the Immigration Rules); and

•10 points for English language skills (except for Intra-Company Transfers) (Appendix B of the Immigration Rules); and

•10 points for Maintenance (funds) (Appendix C of the Immigration Rules).

7. Even if you score the required 70 points or 60 points if you are applying under Intra- Company Transfers your application will still be considered against the General grounds for refusal criteria and may lead to your application being refused (e.g. because of your previous immigration history). Please see our website for further information on General Grounds for Refusal:

www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/policyandlaw/modernised/general- grounds-refusing/

8. You must be at least 16 years old on the date that the application is decided.

Care Arrangements for Children

9. Under Section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009, the Home Office must have regard to the need to safeguard children and to promote their welfare. All children working in the UK must have suitable care arrangements in place for their travel, reception on arrival in the UK and living arrangements while here.

10.Please note that 16 and 17 year olds have the legal right to live independently in the UK, and may therefore make their own arrangements for accommodation. If you are 16 or 17 years old on the date that your application is decided, you must have your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) written consent to the arrangements that have been made in regard of your application, travel, reception and care arrangements. You must submit a letter from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) giving their consent to you making this application and to the arrangements for your care in the UK. The letter must be original (not a copy) and must confirm if your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have legal custody or sole responsibility for you. If they have sole responsibility they must sign the letter. If they do not, the letter must confirm that each parent or legal guardian agrees to the content of the letter and must be signed by each parent or legal guardian.

11. The letter must clearly show:

•the relationship between the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and you;

•that your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) have given their consent to this application;

•that your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) agree to your living arrangements in the UK; and

•your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) full name and address. Private Foster Care Arrangements

12.Children (under 16 years old or 18 years old if disabled) are privately fostered when they are cared for on a full-time basis by adults, who are not their parents or a close relative, for more than 28 days. It is the responsibility of the parent, carer, and anyone else involved in making the private fostering arrangement (including the Tier 2 sponsor), to notify their UK local authority of the private fostering arrangement.

13. In the UK local authorities are responsible for safeguarding and protecting children. They must make sure that private foster carers are suitable and that they get any support and guidance that they may need to help them care for a child. You must tell us if you are living under local authority care in the UK. If you are in local authority care you must provide a letter from the local authority that is caring for you confirming that you are currently in local authority care. The letter must be original (not a copy) and be on official headed paper.

14. A close relative, parent or legal guardian caring for a child is not considered to be a private foster carer and so will not need to register with a UK local authority. A close relative is a grandparent, brother, sister, step-parent, uncle (brother or half-brother of the child’s parent) or aunt (sister or half-sister of the child’s parent) who is aged 18 or over.

Tier 2 Policy Guidance (Version 10/2013) – Page 3 of 59

15.You can apply from inside the UK if you have, or were last granted, leave in one of the categories listed in the table below:

Switching into Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (Sportsperson) and Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)

•Any Tier 1 category;

•Tier 2 (General);

•Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Established Staff) if you are applying to change sponsor1;

•Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer), under the rules in place before 6 April 2010 if you are applying to change sponsor1;

•Tier 2 (Sportsperson); • Tier 2 (Minister of Religion); • Tier 4 student3;

•Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) in the Creative and Sporting sub-category, for a job as a professional footballer switching into Tier 2 (Sportsperson) only2;

•Dependant partner of a Tier 4 student;

•Highly Skilled Migrant Programme;

• Innovator;

•Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme;

•International Graduates Scheme (or its predecessor the Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme);

•Business and Commercial work permits (except multiple entry work permits) including Intra-Company Transfer work permits;

•Sports and Entertainment work permits (except multiple entry work permits);

•Jewish Agency Employee; • Member of the Operational Ground Staff of an Overseas-

owned Airline;

•Minister of Religion, Missionary or Member of a Religious Order;

•Overseas Qualified Nurse or Midwife3;

•Person Writing Up a Thesis3;

•Postgraduate Doctor or Dentist3;

•Representative of an Overseas Business;

•Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation;

• Student3; • Student Nurse3; • Student Re-Sitting an Examination3; • Student Union Sabbatical Officer3.

1. Please note that Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Long Term Staff granted entry clearance under the rules in place after 6 April 2011 cannot switch into Tier 2 (General).

2. If you are unable to meet the Tier 2 requirements, including English language, you cannot switch. You must leave the UK when your leave expires and apply for re-entry under the relevant Tier 5 category.

3. If you cannot meet the requirements as in paragraph 17 below, you cannot switch. You must leave the UK when your leave expires and apply for re-entry under the relevant Tier 2 category.

Switching from a Tier 4 or Student category into Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (Sportsperson) or Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)

16.If you are switching from one of the following categories:

•Tier 4; • Student; • Student Nurse; • Student Re-Sitting an Examination; • Person Writing Up a Thesis; • Postgraduate Doctor or Dentist; • An Overseas Qualified Nurse or Midwife; or • Student Union Sabbatical Officer.

You can only switch into Tier 2 if you meet the following criteria:

•you must have successfully completed and passed a UK recognised bachelor’s or master’s degree, Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Diploma of Education or have completed a minimum of 12 months study in the UK towards a UK PhD during your current period of leave or a period of continuous leave1 which includes your last grant of leave; and

•you studied for the eligible award at a UK institution that is a UK recognised or listed body, or an education provider which holds a licence for sponsoring students under Tier 4 of the Points-Based System; and

•you are applying from inside the UK. 17.You must provide an original degree certificate, academic transcript or an academic

reference on official headed paper of the institution which must clearly show:

•your name; and • the course title/award; and • the course duration; and

1 A period of continuous leave includes grants of entry clearance where you applied no more than 28 days after your previous leave lapsed and/or any periods of overstaying in the UK of no more than 28 days.

Switching into Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Long Term Staff)

•Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Established Staff), under the rules in place before April 6 April 2011

•Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer), under the rules in place before 6 April 2010

•Intra Company Transfer work permit holder (except multiple entry work permits)

•Representative of an Overseas Business (this includes representatives of overseas media companies)

In all cases, you must be still working for the same employer named on your previous application.

•date of course completion and pass unless you are studying a PhD course. The academic reference must include all the information detailed above.

18.You may have been sponsored in your studies by Her Majesty’s Government, your home government, the British Council or any international company, university or Independent School. For the purpose of this section of the guidance ’sponsored’ means wholly supported by an award which covers both fees and living costs. If you have had such sponsorship within the past 12 months, you must provide us with the Government or international scholarship agency’s unconditional consent in writing, giving you their permission to remain in or re-enter the UK.

Self-assessment using the points based calculator

19.The points-based calculator on our website shows whether you are likely to score enough points. The calculator is available at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/pointscalculator.

20.The results of the points-based calculator show the possible points you might score but does not guarantee that your application will be successful. The calculator may be subject to change. If you have any doubt about how many points you will be awarded, you should send as much of the evidence set out in this guidance as possible. We make a decision after receiving your full application and the evidence to support it.

21.Any documentary evidence that you provide must be issued by an authorised official of the issuing organisation and be:

•original (unless we say otherwise); and • on the official letter-headed paper or stationery of the organisation.

22.You must score 50 points in total for your attributes. The points you can score for attributes are listed in the table below:

Minimum skill level

23.To score points for sponsorship, you must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from a licensed sponsor.

Applications for Entry Clearance

24.The Certificate of Sponsorship must confirm that the job is at NQF level 6 (or the equivalent in Scotland) as stated in the codes of practice, or the job is a creative sector occupation skilled to NQF level 4 as listed in the Tier 2 & 5 Sponsor Guidance. This does not mean that you must be educated to that level, it means that the job is at that level. The Certificate of Sponsorship must also confirm that you will be paid at or above the appropriate rate for the job. These requirements are set out in the codes of practice on our website at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/points/sponsoringmigrants/ employingmigrants/codesofpractice/ and the Tier 2 & 5 Sponsor Guidance at www.ukba.

Criterion

Points

Certificate of Sponsorship

30

Appropriate salary

20

homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/employersandsponsors/pbsguidance/.

25.Please note that for those who had successful applications for leave in one of the following categories:

•a Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) applicant in the Skills Transfer sub-category will be granted leave for no longer than 6 months; at which point you must leave the UK and you will not be able to re-apply for further leave under an Intra-Company Transfer category (other than in the Long Term Staff sub-category or if you will be paid an annual gross salary of £152,100 or higher) until 12 months after your last leave as

an Intra-Company Transfer expired or 12 months after you left the UK, whichever is sooner.

•a Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) applicant in the Short Term Staff or Graduate Trainee sub-categories will be granted leave for no longer than 12 months; at which point you must leave the UK and you will not be able to re-apply for further leave under an Intra-Company Transfer category (other than in the Long Term Staff sub- category or if you will be paid an annual gross salary of £152,100 or higher) until 12 months after your last leave as an Intra-Company Transfer expired or 12 months after you left the UK, whichever is sooner.

•a Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) applicant in the Long Term Staff sub-category will be granted leave up to 3 years with the possibility of extending for a further 2 years. You will not be able to extend your stay beyond 5 years (or 9 years for any staff earning £152,100 or more) and you will not be able to re-apply to return to the UK under an Intra-Company Transfer category until 12 months after your last leave as an Intra-Company Transfer expired or 12 months after you left the UK, whichever is sooner, unless you will be paid an annual gross salary of £152,100 or higher.

26. Where you left the UK before your last period of Tier 2 leave expired, the 12 month period during which you will not be able to reapply can start earlier than the date your leave expired but only if you can provide evidence of having not been in the UK for a period of 12 months immediately prior to that date. Acceptable evidence may include, but is not limited to:

•travel tickets or boarding card stubs, but only if your sponsor, or previous sponsor also submitted an SMS report at the time, confirming that your employment in the UK had ended;

•exit or entry stamps in your passport which confirm that you were not in the UK; • a letter from your overseas employer confirming the date you started or restarted

work overseas, after returning from the UK; • any other evidence that shows you were not in the UK.

Where evidence is produced and accepted, we will calculate the cooling off period to start from the earliest date supported by that evidence.

Applications for Leave To Remain

27.If you are already in the UK and were initially granted leave in one of the categories listed below:

•Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Established Staff), under the Rules in place before 6 April 2011,

•Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer), under the Rules in place before 6 April 2010,

•Intra-Company Transfer work permit holder (except multiple entry work permits), • Representative of an Overseas Business (this includes representatives of overseas

media companies)

AND

•You have not since been granted leave to remain, entry clearance or leave to enter in any other route;

you can apply to extend your stay in the Long Term Staff sub-category and can extend your stay beyond 5 years. If you are applying for an extension in this way, the job does not need to be at NQF level 6 (or the equivalent in Scotland), nor do you need to meet the minimum salary threshold of £40,600. However, the Certificate of Sponsorship must confirm that the job is at or above NQF level 3 (or the equivalent in Scotland). The Certificate of Sponsorship must also confirm that you will be paid at or above the appropriate rate for the job. These requirements are set out in the codes of practice on our website at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/points/ sponsoringmigrants/employingmigrants/codesofpractice.

28. If you are already in the UK and were initially granted leave between 6 April 2011 and 13 June 2012 in one of the categories listed below:

•Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Long Term Staff • Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Short Term Staff • Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Graduate Trainee • Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Skills Transfer

AND

•You have not since been granted leave to remain, entry clearance or leave to enter in any other route;

you can apply to extend your stay for the maximum amount of time allowed for your specific sub-category. If you are applying for an extension in this way, the job does not need to be at NQF level 6 (or the equivalent in Scotland). However, the Certificate of Sponsorship must confirm that the job is at or above NQF level 4 (or the equivalent

in Scotland) as stated in the codes of practice. The Certificate of Sponsorship must also confirm that you will be paid at or above the appropriate rate for the job. These requirements are set out in the codes of practice on our website at: www.ukba. homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/points/sponsoringmigrants/employingmigrants/ codesofpractice/.

29.If you are already in the UK and were initially granted leave on or after 14 June 2012 in one of the categories listed below:

•Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Long Term Staff • Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Short Term Staff • Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Graduate Trainee • Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Skills Transfer

You can apply to extend your stay for the maximum amount of time allowed for your specific sub-category. If you are applying for an extension in this way, the job must be at NQF level 6 (or the equivalent in Scotland) as stated in the codes of practice.

30.Your job does not have to meet the skills thresholds described in the previous three paragraphs if:

•you are applying to extend your leave in any of the Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) categories in order to continue to work in the same occupation for the same sponsor;

•your certificate of sponsorship in your previous application was assigned to you before 6 April 2013; and

•the job does not meet the skills threshold solely because of the reclassification from SOC 2000 to SOC 2010.

Scoring Points for Sponsorship Short Term and Long Term Staff

31.You will be awarded 30 points if you have been working for your sponsoring organisation for at least 12 months immediately before the date of your application in any combination of:

•outside the UK; or • in the UK if you have, or were lasted granted leave to work for the sponsoring

organisation in the categories listed: • Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Short Term Staff)

•Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Established Staff),

•Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer), under the rules in place before 6 April 2010,

•Intra-Company Transfer work permit holder (except multiple entry work permits).

•Representative of an Overseas Business (this includes representatives of overseas media companies).

32. Time spent in the UK as a Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Graduate Trainee) or Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Skills Transfer) will not count towards the 12 months’ company experience required for the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Long Term Staff). However, if you have worked for the company overseas for 6 months, for example, before coming to the UK as a Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Graduate Trainee) or Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Skills Transfer), then return and work for the company overseas for a further 6 months, we will allow you to add the two 6 month periods together.

33. If you are applying in the Short Term or Long Term Staff sub-categories and you have been absent from work on maternity, paternity or adoption leave or long term sick leave that lasted for one month or longer during the last 12 months, we will allow you to have been working for any 12 months within the last 24 month period.

34.For example, if you worked for nine months, took 12 months maternity leave and then returned to work for three months before applying, we will allow you to have been working for the two periods, making 12 months in total.

35.This exception applies for a maximum of 12 months maternity, paternity, adoption leave or long term sick leave. It does not apply to other breaks in your working, for example, a period of study or a career break. You should confirm with your sponsor that it has indicated whether it is sponsoring you in the Short Term Staff or Long Term Staff sub- categories on your Certificate of Sponsorship.

36. The Short Term staff or Long Term Staff sub-categories are not intended to allow a sponsor

for whom you have been working for at least 12 months (Company A) to supply workers to another organisation (Company B) on a contract basis.

37. However, Company A may have a contract with Company B to provide a time bound service or deliver a time bound project. If you will work on that contract, you can be sponsored by Company A for the period of that contract under the Intra Company Transfer: Short Term Staff or Long Term Staff sub-categories. Company A must have full responsibility for your duties, functions, and outputs while you are working in the UK.

Company A cannot sponsor you if:

• •

you are being contracted as ‘agency’ labour to Company B; or

you are being sponsored to undertake a routine role for Company B which is not related to the delivery of a time bound service by Company A; or

Company B has responsibility for your duties, functions and outputs while you are working in the UK.

In these circumstances, you must obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship from Company B and apply under Tier 2 (General). Company B may need to carry out a resident labour market test before they can assign you with a Certificate of Sponsorship.

Graduate Trainee

38.You will be awarded 30 points if you have been employed by your sponsoring organisation as part of a graduate training programme for at least three months immediately before the date of your application in any combination of:

• • •

outside the UK and/or in the UK if you had leave to work for the sponsoring organisation as: a Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) skilled worker before 6 April 2010.

Please note that any time you may have spent in the UK as a Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer: Graduate Trainee) will not count towards the 12 months experience required for the Long Term Staff sub-category.

39. You should confirm with your sponsor that they have indicated Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Graduate Trainee) on your Certificate of Sponsorship.

Skills Transfer

40.You do not need to have been employed overseas by your sponsoring organisation before applying in this sub-category.

41.You will be awarded 30 points if the sole purpose of transfer to the UK branch of the multi national company is to learn the skills and knowledge needed to perform your role overseas or to transfer skills and knowledge to the sponsor’s UK workforce. Your appointment must be additional to your sponsor’s UK staffing requirements; if it were not for the need for skills transfer, your role in the UK would not exist.

42. Please note that any time you may have spent in the UK as a Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Skills Transfer) will not count towards the 12 months experience required for the Long Term Staff sub-category.

43. You should confirm with your sponsor that it has indicated Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer: Skills Transfer) on your Certificate of Sponsorship.

Appropriate salary and allowances

44.You will be awarded the following points for the appropriate salary offered by your sponsor. These salary bands are before tax (gross) and yearly.

If your salary does not meet the appropriate rate set out in the Tier 2 codes of practice, your application will be refused. The codes of practice are on our website at: www.ukba. homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/points/sponsoringmigrants/employingmigrants/ codesofpractice/

If you will be working in the UK for less than 12 months, you will be awarded points for your pro-rated yearly earnings. For example, if you will earn £15,000 on a six month contract, you will be awarded points for the equivalent earnings of £30,000 per year.

45.If you will be working part time, you will be awarded points for your actual earnings and not for the equivalent full time earnings.

46.You should add acceptable allowances to your gross salary to work out the points you will be awarded. If you have exchanged some of your UK employment rights for shares as an employee-owner, however, we will not count the value of those shares as part of your salary package.

47.If you will be paid an hourly rate, or are contracted to work a specific number of hours, we will only award points for up to a maximum of 48 hours a week, even if you are working more than this. For example, if you will earn £8 per hour, working 60 hours per week, you must work out your equivalent earnings for a 48 hour week. This would be £19,968 (8x48x52) not £24,960 (8x60x52) so will therefore not be awarded points for appropriate salary.

48.You should ask your sponsor to confirm the salary details on the Certificate of Sponsorship. You do not need to send any other evidence of your appropriate salary. Your salary may be paid in the UK or abroad. If you will be paid abroad in a currency other than pounds sterling, the salary amount entered on your Certificate of Sponsorship will be based on the exchange rate published on www.oanda.com on the day the Certificate of Sponsorship is assigned.

Intra-Company Transfer: Long Term Staff £40,600 and above and paid at least the appropriate rate

20 points

Intra-Company Transfer: Short Term Staff, Graduate Trainee or Skills Transfer £24,300 and above and paid at least the appropriate rate

20 points

In the UK as an Intra-Company Transfer under the rules in place before 6 April 2011, paid at least the appropriate rate and if applying in the Long Term Staff sub-category has not been granted Entry Clearance in this or any other route since that grant of leave

20 points

None of the above

0 points

also confirm that you will be paid at or above the appropriate rate for the job. These requirements are set out in the Tier 2 codes of practice on our website at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/points/ sponsoringmigrants/employingmigrants/codesofpractice/.The job must be paid at or above the appropriate rate. When we assess the appropriate rate, we will consider salaries and allowances as follows:

We will consider:

• •

basic pay (excluding overtime); and

allowances (including daily payments to cover the additional cost of living in the UK but not including expenses to cover travel to and from your home country), provided these allowances are part of your guaranteed salary package.

bonuses, provided these are part of your guaranteed salary package.

50.However, if allowances made available are solely for the purpose of accommodation, and you are applying in the Long Term Staff sub-category, we will only take allowances up to 30% of the total gross salary package into account. This is whether such allowances are made available in cash or in kind. This means that your salary and other (non- accommodation allowances) must be at least 70% of the maximum package that we will take into account. The examples below explain how we calculate this.

Example 1:

•accommodation allowances: £10,000

•salary and other (non-accommodation) allowances: £35,000 The total salary package that the sponsor has offered is: £10,000 + £35,000 = £45,000

The salary and other (non-accommodation) allowances can be a maximum of 70% of the total package we can take into account. This means that £35,000 is 70% of the maximum package we can take into account. We calculate this maximum package by dividing £35,000 by 70% (or 0.7):

£35,000 ÷ 0.7 = £50,000

In this example, the total package that the sponsor has offered is less than the maximum package we can take into account. We will therefore take into account all of the package that the sponsor has offered. We will use the total £45,000 when checking against the appropriate rate, and we will award 20 points for salary.

Example 2:

•accommodation allowances: £20,000

•salary and other (non-accommodation) allowances: £24,500 The total salary package that the sponsor has offered is: £20,000 + £24,500 = £44,500

We calculate the maximum package we can take into account by dividing the salary and other (non-accommodation) allowances by 70% (or 0.7):

£24,500 ÷ 0.7 = £35,000

In this example, the total package that the sponsor has offered is more than the maximum package we can take into account. We will therefore only take into account £35,000. As this is below the £40,600 threshold for Long Term Staff, we will award no points for salary.

51.Due to the higher costs of short-term accommodation, we will take account of accommodation allowances up to 40% of the gross salary if you are applying in either the Short Term Staff, Graduate Trainee or Skills Transfer sub-categories. This means that your salary and other (non-accommodation allowances) must be at least 60% of the maximum package that we will take into account. This applies where either:

•You are applying from outside the UK with a Certificate of Sponsorship that has been assigned for 12 months or less; or

•You are applying for an extension that will take your total stay in the UK to 12 months or less.

For example:

•accommodation allowances: £10,000 • salary and other (non-accommodation) allowances: £18,000

The total salary package that the sponsor has offered is: £10,000 + £18,000 = £28,000

This is a short-term transfer, so we calculate the maximum package we can take into account by dividing the salary and other (non-accommodation) allowances by 60% (or 0.6) instead of 70% (or 0.7):

£18,000 ÷ 0.6 = £30,000

In this example, the total package that the sponsor has offered is less than the maximum package we can take into account. We will therefore take into account all of the package that the sponsor has offered. We will use the total £28,000 when checking against the appropriate rate, and we will award 20 points for salary.

Documents we require as evidence of sponsorship

52.Your Certificate of Sponsorship reference number is used when we award points. If you are awarded points in either the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer): Short Term Staff or Long Term Staff or Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer): Graduate Trainee sub-categories, we may ask you to provide additional evidence that you have worked for your sponsor for the specified period (12 months for Short Term Staff or Long Term Staff or 3 months for Graduate Trainees). You do not have to be in the same job for the specified period.

The application may be granted without these specified documents but we reserve the right to request them and to refuse applications if these documents are not received within 7 working days of the date of the request.

You do not need to provide this evidence if you are making an extension or change of employment application to do the same or different job for the same sponsor.

If requested to do so, you must provide one of the following types of required documents

i.

OR

Payslips covering the full specified consecutive months

•The most recent payslip must be dated no earlier than 31 days before the date of the application.

•These should be either original, formal payslips or on company-headed paper. For other payslips, you must provide a letter from your sponsor, confirming the authenticity of the payslips. This letter can be posted, faxed or scanned and emailed to you. The letter must be on company headed paper, and must be signed by a senior official.

ii. Personal bank or building society statements covering the full specified consecutive months

The most recent statement must be dated no earlier than 31 days before the date of the application.

The statements should clearly show: • your name; and

•your account number; and • the date of the statement; and • the financial institution’s name and logo; and • transactions between you and your sponsor covering the full specified period.

Ad hoc bank statements printed on the bank’s letterhead are acceptable as evidence (This excludes mini-statements from Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs)).

Electronic bank statements are acceptable but must contain all of the details listed above. In addition, you must provide a supporting letter from your bank, on company headed paper, confirming the authenticity of the statements provided. Alternatively an electronic bank statement bearing the official stamp of the bank on every page is acceptable.

OR

iii. Building society pass book The building society pass book should clearly show:

•your name; and

•your account number; and

•the financial institution’s name and logo; and

•transactions between you and your sponsor covering the full specified period immediately before the date of the application.

Additional documents we require as evidence of maternity, paternity or adoption leave

53.If we ask you to provide the evidence of 12 months working set out in paragraph 52 (i), (ii) and (iii) above, you must also provide the following specified documents for any periods of maternity, paternity or adoption leave, within 7 working days of the request: Original full

birth certificate or original full certificate of adoption (as appropriate) containing the names of the parents/adoptive parents of the child for whom the leave was taken.

AND at least one of the following:

i. Original letter from you and your sponsor, on company headed paper, confirming the start and end dates of your leave; and/or

ii. One of the types of documents set out in paragraph 52 (i), (ii) and (iii) above covering the maternity, paternity or adoption payments.

If the birth certificate or certificate of adoption is not available then, you must provide both types of documents specified at ii) and iii) above.

Additional documents we require as evidence of long term sick leave

54.If we ask you to provide the evidence of 12 months working set out in paragraph 52 (i), (ii) and (iii) above, you must also provide the following specified documents for any periods of long term sick leave, within 7 working days of the request:

BOTH of the following: i. Original letter from your sponsor, on company headed paper, confirming the start and end

dates of your leave; and

ii. One of the types of documents set out in paragraphs 52 (i), (ii) and (iii) covering the entire period of leave (as well as the 12 months working) showing your statutory sick pay and/or sick pay from your health insurance.

55.If you cannot provide two types of documents from those listed in paragraph 52 to 53 above, you may provide one alternative document listed below. This must be from an official source and must be independently verifiable:

• • •

official adoption papers issued by the relevant authority; or any relevant medical documents that you are content to let us see; or

a relevant extract from a register of birth provided it is accompanied by an original letter from the issuing authority.

56.You must still provide two types of evidence and at least one of these must be specified in paragraph 52 to 53 above. You must fully explain the reasons why you cannot provide two of the specified types of documents in paragraph 52 to 53 above. We will not accept other documents.

57.We will not accept other alternative documents, such as personal letters of confirmation, newspaper announcements, or other unofficial documents.

58. There is an annual limit on the number of Certificates of Sponsorship available under Tier 2 (General). This limit applies to Certificate of Sponsorship for those nationals seeking entry clearance to the UK under the Tier 2 (General) category and those who are applying

to switch into Tier 2 (General) category from within the UK as a dependant of a Tier 4 (General) student. We refer to these as “restricted” Certificates of Sponsorship.

59.Those seeking admission to fill a vacancy with a salary of £152,100 or above and all in-country applications (other than Tier 4 dependant switchers) are not affected by the limit. Certificates of Sponsorship for these applications are known as “unrestricted” and sponsors can assign these without first applying for permission.

60.We will operate the annual limit by not allowing any sponsor to assign a “restricted” Certificate of Sponsorship unless they first get permission to do so by using the monthly allocation process. Further information on this can be found on our website at: www.ukba. homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/employersandsponsors/pbsguidance/ .

61.Allocation of a restricted Certificate of Sponsorship to a sponsor does not mean that we have approved an application to bring a national from outside the resident workforce to the UK.

62.You must still apply for entry clearance and meet the eligibility criteria.

63. If a sponsor is found to be issuing unrestricted Certificates of Sponsorship to Tier 2 applicants within the restricted category, their Tier 2 sponsor licence will be withdrawn.

Attributes

64.Whether you are applying in or out of the UK and on a restricted or unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship you must score 50 points in total for your attributes. The points you can score for attributes are listed in the table below. You can only score points for one entry in each row.

Minimum skill level

65.To score points for sponsorship, you must have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship from a licensed sponsor.

Applications for Entry Clearance or Switching into Tier 2 (General)

66.If you are applying to work in the UK, the Certificate of Sponsorship must confirm that the job is at NQF level 6 (or the equivalent in Scotland) as stated in the codes of practice or in a creative sector occupation skilled to NQF level 4 (or the equivalent in Scotland) as

Criterion

Points

Assigned Certificate of Sponsorship having met the requirements of:

•A resident labour market test exemption; or

•A resident labour market test by the sponsor; or

•An extension – Continuing to work in the same occupation for the same sponsor.

30

Appropriate salary

20

listed in the Tier 2 & 5 Sponsor Guidance, or the job is at NQF level 4 and appears on the list of shortage occupations. This does not mean that you must be educated to this level, it means that the job is at that level. The Certificate of Sponsorship must also confirm that you will be paid at or above the appropriate rate for the job. These requirements are set out in the codes of practice on our www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/points/ sponsoringmigrants/employingmigrants/codesofpractice/ and the Tier 2 & 5 Sponsor Guidance at www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/employersandsponsors/ pbsguidance/.

67. Please note that successful Tier 2 (General) applications will be granted leave up to 3 years with the possibility of extending for a further 3 years. You will not be able to extend beyond 6 years. You will also not be able to re-apply to return to the UK under Tier 2 until 12 months after your last leave under Tier 2 expired or you can show you have been outside the UK for 12 months, whichever is sooner, unless you will be paid a gross annual salary of £152,100 or more. This will be the case even if you have been in Tier 2 for less than 6 years.

Where you left the UK before your last period of Tier 2 leave expired, the 12 month period can start earlier than the date your leave expired but only if you can provide evidence of you having not been in the UK for a period immediately prior to that date. Acceptable evidence may include, but is not limited to:

a) travel tickets or boarding card stubs, but only if you or your previous sponsor also submitted an SMS report at the time, confirming that your employment in the UK had ended;

b) exit or entry stamps in your passport which confirm that you were not in the UK;

c) a letter from the your overseas employer confirming the date you started work overseas, after returning from the UK;

d) any other evidence that shows you were not in the UK.

Where evidence is produced and accepted, we will calculate the cooling off period to start from the earliest date supported by that evidence.

Applications for Leave To Remain

68.The job does not need to be at NQF 6 level (or the equivalent in Scotland) if you are already in the UK and were initially granted leave in one of the categories below:

•Tier 2 (General) or Qualifying Work Permit Holder for a job which appeared on the shortage occupation list at the time of your grant of leave; and

•you have not since been granted leave to remain, entry clearance or leave to enter in any other route; and

you are applying for the same job for either the same or different sponsor,

OR

under one of the following categories:

•Tier 2 (General) under the Rules in place before 6 April 2011;or

•Qualifying Work Permit Holder; or

•Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation; or

•Member of the Operational Ground Staff of an Overseas-owned Airline; or • Jewish Agency Employee; and

you have not since been granted leave to remain, entry clearance or leave to enter in any other route.

However, the Certificate of Sponsorship must confirm that the job is at or above NQF level 3 (or the equivalent in Scotland) unless your last grant of leave was as a senior care worker or established entertainer. The Certificate of Sponsorship must also confirm that you will be paid at or above the appropriate rate for the job. These requirements are set out in the codes of practice on our website at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/points/ sponsoringmigrants/employingmigrants/codesofpractice/

69. If you are already in the UK and were initially granted leave in Tier 2 (General) under the Rules in place between 6 April 2011 and 13 June 2012 and you have not since been granted leave to remain, entry clearance or leave to enter in any other route, you can apply to extend your stay for the maximum period of 6 years. Please note that you will not be able to extend beyond 6 years. You will also not be able to reapply to return to the UK under Tier 2 until 12 months after your last leave under Tier 2 expired or can show you have been outside the UK for 12, whichever is sooner. This will be the case even if you have been in Tier 2 for less than 6 years. The Certificate of Sponsorship must confirm that the job is at or above NQF level 4 (or the equivalent in Scotland). The Certificate of Sponsorship must also confirm that you will be paid at or above the appropriate rate for the job. These requirements are set out in the codes of practice on our website at: www. ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/points/sponsoringmigrants/employingmigrants/ codesofpractice/

70. If you are already in the UK and were initially granted leave in Tier 2 (General) under the Rules in place on or after 14 June 2012 and you have not since been granted leave to remain, entry clearance or leave to enter in any other route, you can apply to extend your stay for the maximum period of 6 years. Please note that you will not be able to extend beyond 6 years. You will also not be able to reapply to return to the UK under Tier 2 until 12 months after your last leave under Tier 2 expired or can show you have been outside the UK for 12 months, whichever is sooner, unless you will be paid a gross annual salary of £152,100 or more. This will be the case even if you have been in Tier 2 for less than 6 years. The Certificate of Sponsorship must confirm that the job is at or above NQF level 6 (or the equivalent in Scotland). The Certificate of Sponsorship must also confirm that you will be paid at or above the appropriate rate for the job. These requirements are set out in the codes of practice on our website at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/ points/sponsoringmigrants/employingmigrants/codesofpractice/

71.Your job does not have to meet the skills thresholds described in the previous three paragraphs if:

•you are applying to extend your leave in Tier 2 (General) in order to continue to work in the same occupation for the same sponsor;

•your certificate of sponsorship in your previous application was assigned to you before 6 April 2013; and

•the job does not meet the skills threshold solely because of the reclassification from SOC 2000 to SOC 2010.

Appropriate salary and allowances

72.You will be awarded the following points for the appropriate salary offered by your sponsor. These bands are before tax (gross) and yearly.

No points will be awarded for appropriate salary if the salary referred to above is less than the appropriate rate for the job as stated in the codes of practice for Tier 2 Sponsors on our website at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/points/sponsoringmigrants/ employingmigrants/codesofpractice/.

73.If you will be working in the UK for less than 12 months, you will be awarded points for your pro-rated yearly earnings. For example, if you will earn £15,000 on a six month contract, you will be awarded points for the equivalent earnings of £30,000 per year. If you will

£20,300 and above

20 points

For those who have or last had entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain in one of the following categories:

•Tier 2 (General) under the Rules in place before 6 April 2011; or

•Jewish Agency employee; or

•Member of the Operation Ground Staff of an overseas-owned airline; or

•Representative of an Overseas newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation; or

•Work Permit holder.

20 points

You are being sponsored as a nurse, will continue to be sponsored as a nurse by the Sponsor after achieving Nursing and Midwifery Council registration, and your salary will not be less than £20,300 per year once that registration is achieved.

20 points

Under £20,300 and none of the above apply

0 points

be working part time, you will be awarded points for your actual earnings and not for the equivalent full time earnings.

74.You should add acceptable allowances to your gross salary to work out the points you will be awarded. If you have exchanged some of your UK employment rights for shares as an employee-owner, however, we will not count the value of those shares as part of your salary package.

75.If you will be paid an hourly rate, or are contracted to work a specific number of hours, we will only award points for up to a maximum of 48 hours a week, even if you are working more than this. For example, if you will earn £8 per hour, working 60 hours per week, you must work out your equivalent earnings for a 48 hour week. This would be £19,968 (8x48x52) not £24,960 (8x60x52) so would therefore not be awarded points for appropriate salary.

76.Your salary may be paid in the UK or abroad. If you will be paid abroad in a currency other than pounds sterling, the salary amount entered on your Certificate of Sponsorship will be based on the exchange rate published on www.oanda.com on the day the Certificate of Sponsorship is assigned.

77.The Certificate of Sponsorship must also confirm that you will be paid at or above the appropriate rate for the job. These requirements are set out in the Tier 2 codes of practice on our website at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/points/ sponsoringmigrants/employingmigrants/codesofpractice/.When we assess the appropriate rate, and when we award points for appropriate salary, we will consider salaries and allowances as follows:

78.We will consider basic pay (excluding overtime) plus any allowances (such as London weighting) or bonuses, which would also be paid to a settled worker in similar circumstances, provided these allowances and or bonuses are part of your guaranteed salary package.

79.We will not consider other benefits, such as incentive pay / or travel and subsistence (including travel to and from your home country). Also, if you have exchanged some of your UK employment rights for shares as an employee-owner, the value of those shares will not be included.

Points awarded for sponsorship Resident labour market test applies

80.You will be awarded 30 points if the sponsor has met the requirements of the resident labour market test before assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship, or if an exemption from the test applies. Your job will only have passed the test if there is no suitable settled worker available to fill it.

81.You should confirm with your sponsor that they have indicated that a resident labour market test has been completed on the Certificate of Sponsorship.

82.The resident labour market test does not apply if:

•the job offer is in a supernumerary research position where you have been issued a non-transferrable scientific research Award or Fellowship by an external organisation which is not your Sponsor, meaning that the role is over and above your Sponsor’s normal staffing requirements and if you were not there, the role would not be filled by

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anyone else; or

•the job offer is to continue working as a Doctor or Dentist in training, under the same NHS Training Number which was assigned to you for previous lawful employment as a Doctor or Dentist in Training in the UK, including where you are applying to return to your training after an out of programme experience; or

•the job offer is as a Doctor in Speciality Training and your salary and the costs of your training are being met by the government of another country under an agreement with that country and the UK Government.

Your sponsor must include full details of the why the exemption applies on the Certificate of Sponsorship.

83.The requirements of the resident labour market test vary depending on the type of job and are set out in the guidance for sponsors which is available on the Home Office website at the following link: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/ employersandsponsors/pbsguidance//

Job in shortage occupation

84.You will be awarded 30 points if your job was on the shortage occupation lists at the time your Certificate of Sponsorship was assigned by your sponsor. The current shortage occupation lists are published on our website at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business- sponsors/points/sponsoringmigrants/employingmigrants/shortageoccupationlist/.

85.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.

86. The shortage occupation lists are recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), and will be revised periodically.

87.If you were last granted leave for a job in a shortage occupation that is not at NQF 6 level (or the equivalent in Scotland) as stated in the Tier 2 codes of practice and the job is no longer on the current shortage occupation list, you can still apply for an extension, or to do the same job for another employer. The job will still be considered to meet the required skill level for Tier 2. If you are changing employer in these circumstances, your new employer will need to carry out a resident labour market test before they can sponsor you.

88.Your contracted working hours must be at least 30 hours a week.

89.You should confirm with your sponsor that it has indicated that your job is a shortage occupation in the relevant field on the Certificate of Sponsorship. You should also confirm with your sponsor that the SOC code and job description on the Certificate of Sponsorship show that the job is one of those included on the shortage occupation list.

Offer of a job with a salary of £152,100 or more

90.You will be awarded 30 points if the gross annual salary package for the job stated on your Certificate of Sponsorship assigned by your sponsor is £152,100 or more (£150,000 if you were recruited before 6 April 2013). Your sponsor will be exempt from undertaking a resident labour market test.

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Continuing to work in the same occupation for the same sponsor

91.You will be awarded 30 points if you are continuing to work in the same occupation for the same sponsor, you are applying for leave to remain and you have entry clearance or leave to remain as:

•a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur);

•a Tier 2 (General) Migrant;

•a Qualifying Work Permit Holder;

•a Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation;

•a Member of the Operational Ground Staff of an Overseas-owned Airline; or • a Jewish Agency Employee.

Post-Study Work

92.You will be awarded 30 points if you have a Certificate of Sponsorship and are are applying to switch into Tier 2 (General) and you have, or were last granted entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain under one of the following:

•Tier 1: Post Study category; or • International Graduate Scheme (or its predecessor, the Science and Engineering

Graduate Scheme); or • Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme.

Your sponsor will only be exempt from doing a resident labour market test if you have or have last had leave in one of the above categories.

Tier 4 students/previous student categories

93.You will be awarded 30 points if you have a Certificate of Sponsorship and are applying to switch into Tier 2 (General) and you have or or were last granted entry clearance, leave to enter or remain as a:

•Tier 4; • Student; • Student Nurse; • Student Re-Sitting an Examination; • Person Writing Up a Thesis; • Postgraduate Doctor or Dentist; • Overseas Qualified Nurse or Midwife; • Student Union Sabbatical Officer.

AND YOU MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS (FURTHER DETAILS OF WHICH ARE GIVEN BELOW):

•you have successfully completed and passed a UK recognised bachelor’s or master’s degree; or UK Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Professional Graduate Diploma of Education (PGDE); or you have completed a minimum of 12 months study in the UK towards a UK PhD during your last grant of leave or period of continuous leave which includes your last grant of leave; and

•your period of study and/or research towards your award was undertaken whilst you had entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK and you were not subject to a restriction preventing you from undertaking a course of study and/or research; and

•you studied for the eligible award at a UK institution that is a UK recognised or listed body, or holds a sponsor licence under Tier 4 of the Points-Based System; and

•you are applying from inside the UK.

Your sponsor will be exempt from undertaking a resident labour market test. Please note your application to switch will be refused if you do not meet all of the above requirements, even if your sponsor has chosen to conduct a resident labour market test.

UK recognised degree

94.For a qualification to be considered a UK recognised degree, it must have been awarded by a UK recognised body. A qualification will have been deemed to have been ‘obtained’ on the date on which you were first notified in writing, by the awarding institution of the award.

95. A UK recognised body is an institution which has been granted degree awarding powers by a Royal Charter, an Act of Parliament or the Privy Council. All UK universities and some higher education colleges are UK recognised bodies.

96.Further information on the UK recognised bodies can be found on the Gov.UK website at www.gov.uk/recognised-uk-degrees-recognised-bodies.

Qualifications that are not acceptable

97.Qualifications that cannot be used for the award of points include:

•Foundation degrees;

•Honorary degrees;

•Qualifications awarded in the UK by overseas awarding bodies;

•Qualifications undertaken solely at an overseas campus of UK institutions;

•Postgraduate certificates and diplomas (except PGCE/PGDE);

•Professional qualifications (whether or not they are of an equivalent level) that are not degrees.

Institution

98.You can only be awarded 30 points if you have undertaken a period of study for your eligible qualification at an institution that:

•is a UK recognised or UK listed body; or

•holds a sponsor licence under Tier 4 of the Points-Based System. Please see www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/employersandsponsors/ pointsbasedsystem/registerofsponsorseducation for a list of those who hold sponsor licences.

99. Where the institution studied at is removed from one of the relevant lists or Tier 4 Sponsor Register, any award obtained after the date the institution was removed will not be eligible for the award of points for switching into Tier 2 and the evidence will be discounted.

Immigration Status in the UK during the period of study and /or research in the UK

100. A period of continuous leave includes grants of entry clearance where you applied no more than 28 days after your previous leave lapsed.

101. You can only score 30 points if we can establish that the whole of your period of study in the UK for the eligible qualification was completed whilst you had leave to enter or remain that was not subject to a restriction preventing you from undertaking a course of study and/ or research.

102. No points will be awarded if your immigration status did not permit you to pursue a course of study at any point during which you were studying in the UK towards the eligible qualification.

103. You do not have to have remained in the UK throughout the entire period of your study. It is reasonable to expect, for example, that you may have undertaken periods of overseas study and/or research whilst obtaining the eligible qualification.

Documents required

104. The specified evidence you must provide to demonstrate you meet this requirement is:

1. your original certificate of award. This must be your original certificate (not a copy) and must clearly show:

• • •

your name; title of the qualification; and the name of the awarding body.

We will not accept provisional certificates.

If the certificate has yet to be issued, you will be unable to provide the original certificate of award. In these circumstances, you must provide:

2. an original academic transcript or an academic reference on official headed paper from the institution at which you studied towards your eligible qualification. It must have been issued by an authorised official and must confirm:

•your name; • title of the qualification; • date of the award ; • the body awarding the qualification; • the reason why you are unable to provide your original certificate of award; and • that the certificate will be issued.

Points awarded for Sponsorship

105. You will be awarded 50 points for your Certificate of Sponsorship in this category. 106. In order for a Certificate of Sponsorship to be issued, your sponsor will need to have

obtained an endorsement for you from the appropriate governing body for your sport. The endorsement will confirm that:

•you are internationally established as a player or coach at the highest level, and • you will make a significant contribution to the development of your sport at the highest

level in the UK; and • you intend to be based in the UK for the duration of your permission to stay; and • your post could not be filled by a suitable settled worker.

107. A list of all approved governing bodies is available on our website at:

www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/points/sponsoringmigrants/ employingmigrants/sportsgoverningbodies/.

108. If you are a football player sponsored by a club in the UK, you do not need to make a new application if you move on loan to another club in the UK. You can continue to be sponsored by your original club. You should check with both clubs that they have made arrangements to manage the sponsorship duties.

109. If you are permanently transferred to another football club in the UK, or if you are moving on loan from a club overseas to a club in the UK, then you must make a new application. You will need a new Certificate of Sponsorship and a new governing body endorsement.

110. You must also meet all of the requirements for maintenance (available funds) and English language skills.

Applications for Entry Clearance or Switching into Tier 2 (Sportsperson)

111. Please note that successful Tier 2 (Sportsperson) applications will be granted leave up to 3 years with the possibility of extending for a further 3 years. You will not be able to extend beyond 6 years. You will not be able to re-apply to return to the UK under Tier 2 until 12 months after your last leave under Tier 2 expired or you can show you have been outside the UK for 12 months, whichever is sooner, unless you will be paid a gross annual salary of £152,100 or more. This will be the case even if you have been in Tier 2 for less than 6 years. If you leave your job with your Tier 2 Sponsor early, you should ensure that your Sponsor notifies us that you have left so that we can curtail your leave. This is important as the 12 months is counted from the date that your leave ends.

Points awarded for Sponsorship

112. You will be awarded 50 points for your Certificate of Sponsorship in this category.

113. You should confirm with your sponsor that they have indicated that a resident labour market test has been completed on the Certificate of Sponsorship, or

•that they have justified that the role you will be undertaking is supernumerary and you will not be filling a vacant position that could otherwise be filled by a settled worker and you intend to be based in the UK for the duration of your permission to stay.

•that the role you will be doing involves living mainly within and being a member of a religious order, which is a lineage of communities or of people who live in some way set apart from society in accordance with their specific religious devotion, for example, an order of nuns or monks.

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Further details are set out in the guidance for sponsors, which is available on the Home Office website at the following link: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/ employersandsponsors/pbsguidance/.

114. Your sponsor will need to have confirmed that they will support you through funds and/ or accommodation that are / is sufficient for you to maintain yourself throughout the period of employment stated on your Certificate of Sponsorship, and that you will receive pay and conditions at least equal to, or excess of those normally given to a settled worker in the same role. This may be a traditional salary, stipend, customary offering, board and lodgings or a combination of these but must comply with, or be exempt from, the National Minimum Wage regulations.

115. Your salary may be paid in the UK or abroad. If you will be paid abroad in a currency other than pounds sterling, the salary amount entered on your Certificate of Sponsorship will be based on the exchange rate published on www.oanda.com on the day the Certificate of Sponsorship is assigned.

116. You must also meet the English language and maintenance requirements for this category.

Genuineness Test

117. When applying for entry clearance or leave to remain, we must be satisfied that you genuinely intend to undertake, and are capable of undertaking, the role for which the Certificate of Sponsorship was assigned and you will not undertake employment in the UK other than permitted by the entry clearance or leave to remain, should it be granted.

In order to assess this, we may:

•request additional information and evidence, and refuse your application if the information or evidence is not provided. Any requested documents must be received by the Home Office at the address specified in the request within 28 working days of the date the request is sent; and

•request you attend an interview, and refuse your application if you fail to comply with any such request without providing a reasonable explanation.

In making the above assessment, we will base our decision on the balance of probabilities and may take into account your:

•knowledge of the role; • relevant experience relative to skills required to do the role; • knowledge of the Sponsor in the UK; • explanation of how you were recruited; and • any other relevant information.

Applications for Entry Clearance or Switching into Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)

118. Please note that successful Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) applications will be granted leave up to 3 years with the possibility of extending for a further 3 years. You will not be able to extend beyond 6 years. You will not be able to re-apply to return to the UK under Tier 2 until 12 months after your last leave under Tier 2 expired or you can show you have been outside the UK for 12 months, whichever is sooner, unless you will be paid a gross

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annual salary of £152,100 or more. This will be the case even if you have been in Tier 2 for less than 6 years. If you leave your job with your Tier 2 Sponsor early, you should ensure that your Sponsor notifies us that you have left so that we can curtail your leave. This is important as the 12 months is counted from the date that your leave ends.

119. You must score 10 points for your English language skills, unless you are applying under Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer).

120. If you are unable to score 10 points for English language skills, your application will be refused, even if you have scored 50 points or more for attributes and have met all the other Tier 2 requirements.

121. English is the most widely spoken language of the UK. The ability to speak English well enables success in the UK labour market and assists in integration.

122. If you are applying under the Tier 2 (General) category you must have a level of English equivalent to level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

123. If you are applying under the Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) category, you must have a high level of English language because of the need to speak to and for the religious communities you will represent. This level is equivalent to level B2 on the CEFR.

124. If you are applying for leave to remain under Tier 2 (Sportsperson), you must be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases, to introduce yourself and others, and to ask and answer questions about very basic personal details. This must be equivalent to level A1 or above on the CEFR.

Points awarded for English Language

125. You will be awarded 10 points if you are applying for leave to remain under Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (Sportsperson) or Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) and you meet the requirements of one of the categories listed below:

•you are a national of a majority English speaking country; or • you hold a degree that was taught or researched in English which must be equivalent

to a UK Bachelors degree or above; or

•you have passed an English language test at the appropriate level; or

•you have met the English language requirements when given a previous grant of leave; or

•you meet transitional arrangements. Previous grants of leave

126. You will be awarded 10 points for English language where you have met the English language requirement in a previous grant of leave. This will be the case if you have ever been granted leave in one of the following categories:

•Tier 1 (General); or • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur); or

•Businessperson; or • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme, under the rules in place on or after 5

December 2006; or

•Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent), having provided evidence of meeting the English language requirement; or

•Minister of Religion (not Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)) under the rules in place on or after 19 April 2007; or

•Tier 2 (Minister of Religion), having provided evidence of meeting the English language requirement; or

•Tier 2 (General) under the rules in place on or after 6 April 2011, having provided evidence of having a knowledge of English equivalent to level B1 of the CEFR or above; or

Tier 4 (General) student where the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies used to support your application for that grant was assigned on or after 21 April 2011. If you are applying for Tier 2 (Minister of Religion), the Certificate of Acceptance of Studies must also have been assigned for a course of at least degree level study.

Transitional arrangements

127. You will be awarded 10 points for English language where you have previously been granted leave under Tier 2 (General) or Tier 2 (Sportsperson) before 6 April 2011 and you have ever been granted leave:

•under Minister of Religion (this is not to be confused with Tier 2 ((Minister of Religion)) under the Rules in place on or after 23 August 2004; or

•under any Tier 2 category where you provided evidence of meeting the English language requirement.

You will also be awarded 10 points for English language if you are applying for leave to remain under Tier 2 (General) or Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) and you have previously been granted entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as:

•a Jewish Agency Employee; or

•a Member of the Operational Ground Staff of an Overseas-owned Airline; or

•a Minister of Religion, Missionary or Member of a Religious Order; or

•a Qualifying Work Permit Holder; or

•a Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcasting Organisation; AND

you have not been granted leave in any other category other than Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (Intra- Company Transfer) and those listed above under the Rules in place since 28 November 2008;

or

•if you are applying for leave to remain under Tier 2 (Sportsperson) and you have previously been granted entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as a Qualifying Work Permit Holder and you have not been granted leave in any other category under the Rules in place since 28 November 2008; or

•if you are applying for leave to remain as a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) and you have previously been granted entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as a Minister of Religion, Missionary or Member of a Religious Order, and have not been granted in any other category other than Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) under the Rules