Tier 2 (General) Visa

Visas, Immigration & Nationality

Application for a Tier 2 (General) Visa

Documents Required

Please find below a list of the documents required for your application.

It should be noted that the Home Office will only accept original documents. If no original is available, photocopied documents must be a stamped certified true copy of the original. Where a document is not in English or Welsh, the original must be accompanied by a fully certified translation by a professional translator. This translation must include details of the translator’s credentials and confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document. It must also be dated and include the original signature of the translator.

Please note that documents listed are carefully explained whether they are mandatory or optional. You should collect as many documents as possible and use it as a checklist to ensure all documents where possible have been sent as soon as possible. Where you are unable to provide the original documents, please explain the reasons by adding your comments.

The documents we will require from you are as follows:

Evidence of Applicant's Identity

Current Passport Mandatory
Previous Passports Mandatory
Biometric Card(s) If you have one Mandatory
Recent Passport Photographs (x2) (Photo Guidance) Mandatory
CAS Optional

Documents From Employer

Documents Notes Type
Certificate of Sponsorship Mandatory
Letter stating they will sponsor applicant’s maintenance Optional

English Language Requirement (one of the following)

Documents Notes Type
UK Degree Certificates Mandatory
Transcript of Record Mandatory
IELTS Certificate At least a score of 4 in each category Mandatory
Other English Language Requirement Certificate Minimum Level B1 CEFR Mandatory

Maintenance Requirement

Documents Notes Type
Bank Statements showing funds of at least £945 For at least the last 90 days Mandatory
Employer certifying in COS that they will sponsor maintenance Mandatory

Other Documents

Other Documents Notes Type
Home Office Correspondence Mandatory

All documents should be posted or scanned and emailed to us to make sure they meet the requirements.

If you are posting the documents, they should be sent to: iam (immigration and migration), Suite 8, 225 Marsh Wall, Canary Wharf, London Docklands E14 9FW. Please send this as recorded or special delivery for tracking purposes. You are not required to inform us. You can track your parcel with Royal Mail (track and trace) http://track2.royalmail.com.

Please let us know if you cannot provide anything listed and we can discuss alternative documents you may provide. Once we have received the documents, we will inform you via e-mail and update your application in our records.