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The UK Tier Visa system is a points-based visa category system. Applicants must score a minimum number of points to be eligible for a visa in each respective category. It is important to note that the requirements for the various category or tier will vary.
The UK Tier Visa system can be categorized into 5 tiers
- Tier 1, High-Value Migrants;
- Tier 2, Skilled Workers;
- Tier 3, Unskilled Workers;
- Tier 4, Adult Students; and
- Tier 5, Temporary Workers
UK TIER 1 VISA CATEGORY
The UK Tier 1 category is for high-value migrants. The UK Tier 1 category currently holds the following visa sub-categories:
- Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – Persons internationally recognized in the sciences or arts.
- Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – Persons who wish to set up, take over, or being involved in running a business or businesses in the UK.
- Tier 1 (Investor)- Persons who want to make a significant financial investment in the UK.
- Tier 1 (General)- For highly skilled workers, this category is now currently closed to persons outside of the UK and most persons inside the UK.
- Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)- Non-Europeans who graduated from higher education institutions in the UK and who have been recognized for innovative or entrepreneurial skills
UK TIER 2 VISA CATEGORY
The UK Tier 2 category is for skilled workers. The UK Tier 2 category holds the following visa sub-categories:
- Tier 2 (General)- Persons who have been offered a skilled job in a position that cannot be filled by a UK settled person.
- Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)- Persons such as ministers, priests or missionaries who have been offered a position in a faith-based community within the UK.
- Tier 2 (Sportsperson)- Elite athletes and coaches who are internationally recognized at the highest level of competition.
- Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer)- Employees of multi-national companies who are transferred to a UK branch of their organization
To qualify under the sponsorship scheme, you need to be employed by a licensed sponsor. The Licensed sponsor will confirm that you meet the qualifications and requirements for the job you have applied for. They will also provide the applicant with a certificate of sponsorship in support of the application.
UK TIER 3 VISA CATEGORY
The UK Tier 3 category is currently suspended. It was originally used for low-skilled workers during temporary labor shortages.
UK TIER 4 VISA CATEGORY
The UK Tier 4 category is for adult students aged 16 or over.
You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:
- have been offered a place on a course
- You can speak, understand and write English
- have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course – the amount will vary depending on your circumstances
- are from a country that’s isn’t part of the European Union or Switzerland
- meet the other eligibility requirements
UK TIER 5 VISA CATEGORY
The UK Tier 5 category is for temporary workers. The UK Tier 5 category holds the following visa sub-categories:
- Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting) – For entertainers, athletes, or creative artists.
- Tier 5 (Charity Workers) – For people coming to the UK to participate in voluntary charity work.
- Tier 5 (Religious Workers) – For people coming to the UK to work as a part of a faith-based community do such work as preaching, ministry, or pastoral work.
- Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) – For people coming to the UK under a government approved program that aims to promote the sharing of knowledge, experience and best practice.
- Tier 5 (International Agreement) – For people coming to the UK under contract to do work that is covered under international law such as the GATS agreement.
- Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) – For young people from a participating country who wish to experience life in the UK.
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