The Tier 2 visa is the main route for skilled workers coming to the UK to work. In order to apply for this visa, individuals must have a job offer and a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid Tier 2 sponsorship licence.

From 6 April:

  • The Tier 2 visa salary threshold will increase to £30,000 for migrants who are "experienced workers".
  • All employers who sponsor skilled workers on a Tier 2 visa will have to pay a levy of £1,000 per worker (£364 for small employers and charities).
  • The Government is planning to introduce a requirement that workers coming to the UK on a Tier 2 visa into specified posts in the education, social care and health sectors must obtain criminal records certificates from the countries that they have lived in the previous 10 years.