If you are already in the UK under a visa category which allows you to switch your immigration status to Tier 2 General, you can make an application for stay as Tier 2 General Migrant from inside the UK. You must meet all the relevant requirements including any conditions with regards to switching from your current visa status to the Tier 2 General category. An unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) must be issued by your prospective employer for you to apply for Tier 2 General leave from inside the UK.

Who Can Switch Into Tier 2 General Visa Category From Inside The UK?

You can apply to change (‘switch’) from another visa to a Tier 2 (General) visa. You must already be in the UK under any of the following visas or schemes:

  • Tier 1 visa
  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa
  • Tier 2 (Minister of religion) visa
  • Tier 2 (Intra company Transfer: established staff) visa and you’re applying to change sponsor
  • Tier 2 (Intra company Transfer) visa under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2010 and you’re applying to change sponsor
  • Tier 4 visa, or you’re on another kind of student visa - read ‘Switching from a Tier 4 visa’ below
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and sporting) for a job as a professional footballer and you meet the Tier 2 (Sportsperson) requirements
  • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
  • Innovator Scheme
  • Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme
  • International Graduates Scheme (or its predecessor, the Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme)
  • Business and Commercial work permit (except multiple entry work permits)
  • Sports and Entertainment work permit (except multiple entry work permits)

You can also switch to a Tier 2 (General) visa if you are:

  • a dependent partner of someone with a Tier 4 visa
  • a Jewish agency employee
  • operational ground staff of an overseas-owned airline
  • a minister of religion, missionary or member of a religious order
  • an overseas qualified nurse or midwife
  • writing up a thesis
  • a postgraduate doctor or dentist
  • a representative of an overseas business
  • a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation
  • a student union sabbatical officer

Switching From Tier 4 General Student Visa Category To Tier 2 General Migrant Visa Category

You can switch to this visa from a Tier 4 or other student visa if you have an eligible qualification from a licensed tier 4 sponsor. They must have sponsored your visa to study for that qualification.

The eligible qualifications are:

  • a UK bachelors degree
  • a UK masters degree
  • a postgraduate certificate in education
  • a professional graduate diploma of education

The other student visa categories are:

  • student
  • student nurse
  • student re-sitting an examination
  • overseas qualified nurse
  • person writing up a thesis
  • postgraduate doctor or dentist
  • student union sabbatical officer

If you are a PhD student, you must have completed at least 12 months’ study for your PhD during your most recent stay in the UK as Tier 4 General Migrant.

Same Day Visa Service For Tier 2 General

We provide Same Day Visa Service (also known as the Home Office Premium Service) for applications for switching into Tier 2 General Migrant visa from inside the UK.
We can submit your Tier 2 General application through our Same Day Visa Service and can get a decision on your application within 24 hours. Tier 2 General is a Biometric category and the Tier 2 General applicant and his/her dependents are required to attend the Home Office, UKBA to enrol their biometrics. You will be accompanied by our Legal Representative who will assist you with enrolment of biometrics and submission of your Tier 2 General application. Tier 2 General application submitted through our Same Day Visa Service is usually decided the same day.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Switching Into Tier 2 General Visa?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for switching into Tier 2 General Migrant visa. The quality of our service is self-evident from the clients' reviews about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your application for switching into Tier 2 (General) Migrant visa and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your application for switching into Tier 2 General Migrant visa, the immigration casework to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advising you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the Home Office, UKVI in your application for switching into Tier 2 General visa;
  • Discussing your immigration case in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your Tier 2 General application;
  • Assisting you and your employer with correctly assigning the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for successful switching into Tier 2 General Migrant category;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your application for switching into Tier 2 General Migrant category from inside the UK;
  • Considering contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the Tier 2 General application and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing the online application form for Tier 2 General Migrant leave and discussing the same with you;
  • Preparing a cover letter to introduce and support the Tier  2 General application wherein our immigration lawyers will explain in detail the relevant requirements of the law and how such requirements have been duly satisfied by you for successfully switching into Tier 2 General Migrant category;
  • Submitting your Tier 2 General application to the Home Office, UKVI through our Same Day Visa Service to get a decision on your application in one day;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on your application for switching into Tier 2 General visa;
  • Protecting your interests while your  Tier 2 General application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress on your Tier 2 General application;
  • Doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKVI until decision is reached on your Tier 2 General application;
  • Advising you on the outcome of your application and further steps to be taken by you following receipt of the decision on your application.

Our Fee For Switching Into Tier 2 General Visa

  • We will charge you a fee from £700.00 + VAT for our professional immigration services for an application for switching into Tier 2 General visa through our Same Day visa Service. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the Tier 2 General application.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your Tier 2 General application, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and the balance can be paid by monthly instalments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office, UKVI on the Tier 2 General application. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee, Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) etc.

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