How to Stay on With a Tier 5

The Tier 5 UK work visa – previously the working holiday visa – is a good way to experience life in the UK if you’re aged between 17 and 30, but you can only stay in the country for two years. If you’re hoping to stay in the UK longer, you’ll have to switch to a Tier 2 UK work visa, and the process isn’t simple. Not only do rules and regulations change constantly, you’ll be treated as if you’re applying from outside the country.

Tier 5 Transfer

How to Switch to a Tier 2 UK Work Permit

If you have a job offer, staying on after your Tier 5 UK work visa expires is relatively simple. Your employer sponsors your UK work permit and basically becomes responsible for your stay in the country. You need to be earning at least the amount specified by the UKBA for your skill set, and you should also have a good grasp of English. If you’re from certain nationalities, you’ll need to complete an approved English language test before you apply. You also have to go back to your home country between the two visas to get “Entry Clearance.”

How We Help With Switching to a Tier 2 UK Work Permit

Whether you’re an oil and gas worker, a software developer, a tester, a telecommunications contractor, a business analyst or an IT project manager, we can help you stay on with a Tier 2 work permit. You transfer from the Tier 5 to a Tier 2. We have numerous partners who are UK consulting companies, and we have a detailed knowledge of their specialisations. We can find you a sponsor or get you up to date answers to your questions direct from the experts. Regardless of what you need help with, our service is completely free and comes with no obligation. Get in touch with us today for some professional and friendly advice! 

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