If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and wish to come to the UK to work, then you will need to apply for a Tier 2 (General) Visa. This will allow you to enter the UK and work in the country for up to five years.
To be eligible for a Tier 2 (General) Visa you must show the UK Border Agency that:
A licensed sponsor is an employer who has obtained a licence to recruit workers from outside the European Union from the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
You can prove that you have the required knowledge of English by;
You will need to provide the following documents alongside your application form:
You can bring ‘dependents’ with you to the UK to join you while you work. A dependent is defined as your spouse or partner and any children under 18 years.
You must show you have an additional £630 in savings for each dependent on top of the £945 in savings you have to support yourself, unless your sponsor provides a certificate showing that they will provide the funding for your dependents.
Each dependent must apply for their own visa in order to enter the UK.
From 6th April 2016, you will need to show that you earn a minimum of £35,000 to be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK unless:
You can apply for your visa up to three months before you are required to start your job in the UK and you should get a decision within three weeks of sending your application to the UKBA.
To ensure your Tier 2 (General) Visa application is processed quickly it pays to seek legal advice when filling in the required forms and collating the necessary documents.