Tier 2 Change of Employment – Making a change in employment on a tier 2 visa

If you have been living and working in the UK on a tier 2 visa for some time, you may be thinking about making a career change or moving up the ladder.

We understand that, as a work visa holder, you will be excited to move on to your next job with the smallest amount of hassle.

Contact us today and we can simplify the Tier 2 change of employment process.

Please note: A 30-minute consultation with one of our immigration experts can be held in our offices or over the phone or Skype. Please be aware that we do not offer free advice and will charge a non-refundable fee of £60 per consultation.


Tier 2 Change of Employment


Can I change jobs on a tier 2 visa?

You can change jobs while you are in the UK on a tier 2 visa, but you will have to make a new application as it is not possible to have a tier 2 visa extension. This is even so if the time on your current certificate of sponsorship (CoS) has not run out. You can’t change jobs without applying for a new visa, because your sponsor was considered in your original visa application as part of the reason that you were valuable to the UK.

Have a read of our tier 2 page to refresh your knowledge on your current visa terms

Job-hunting as a tier 2 visa holder

If you want to move on from an employer that currently sponsors you, there are a few things that you will have to consider before you move jobs.

Firstly, you must make sure that any potential new company is also on the UK sponsor licence register and is therefore legally able to hire you as a worker from abroad.

Also, it is a good idea to carry out the job-hunting process while still in your previous position, as new jobs that you apply for will most likely be subject to the resident labour market test. This means that they will have to be advertised for a total of 28 days before it can be offered to you as a tier 2 visa holder.

It is very important that you have continual employment in order to remain legally in the UK under the terms of your tier 2 visa.

I’ve got a new job – what next?

Congratulations! Before you start your new job, you will have to ensure that you have all the correct paperwork ready. This will include:

  • A new certificate of sponsorship
  • A new biometric residence permit (BRP)

These will be necessary to get your new tier 2 visa.

Have a chat with us if you need any of your current paperwork reviewing and for advice on what needs renewing after a Tier 2 change of employment.

Will a Tier 2 change of employment affect my family?

This will affect any of your family members who are dependents on your visa, as they will all have to go through the process of re-applying for their own. However, they will not need to leave the UK in order to do this, and they may be eligible for our fast-track service.

Learn more about our fast-track services

Read about a tier 2 dependant visa

How much will it cost to have a change of employment under my tier 2 visa?

As your biometric residence permit (BRP) will have expired, you will need to apply online to renew it, and pay £161. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be subject to paying another immigration healthcare surcharge, which is £400 per year.

Get in Touch with Our Expert Immigration Solicitors

Changing jobs under specific visa conditions can be a tricky process, and any errors can cause your visa to be refused, so it is a good idea to avoid them at all costs.

We can help steer you through the Tier 2 change of employment process and let you focus on settling into your new job, rather than having to worry about the paperwork. Contact us today and we can discuss how best to help you.

Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!

  • Contact us Contact us Get in touch however suits you best and arrange a consulation with one of our solicitors
  • Meet an expert Meet an expert You’ll meet the expert solicitor assigned to your case and discuss all the necessary details
  • Authorise Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
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