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Tier 2: Application forms and fees

Here is a list of the forms to be filled in and the fees to be paid in order to apply to come or remain here under Tier 2 of the points-based system if you are a non-EEA citizen with a skilled job offer in the UK and a prospective employer  willing to sponsor you.

Tier 2 is the immigration route currently available to skilled workers with a skilled job offer to fill a gap in the workforce that cannot be filled by a British or EEA worker.

Depending on the country where you live, you may need to make your application online or print out  application form VAF9 and complete it by hand.

All applicants must also complete and submit Appendix 5 of the form.

As part of your application, you will need to enrol your fingerprints and facial image (known as 'biometric information') at a visa application centre.

 

APPLICATION FORMS

To apply for entry under all categories of Tier 2 from outside the UK, depending on the country you are applying from, you need to either:

or print and fill out by hand:

 

To apply for permission to enter or to remain under PBS from inside the UK, applicants in the UK can now make their applications online.

You can make your application and download the  by following the link on the right side of this page. 

Before you make your application, read the UKBA Tier 2 policy guidance.

When you have submitted your application form online, you must print out a cover sheet containing the details of your application. You will then need to:

use our standard service to submit your supporting documents and cover sheet by post or courier, and then enrol your biometric informatio

During your online application, you will be asked to state your previous address in the UK. If you have only lived at 1 UK address in the last 5 years, you should restate your current UK address and the period that you have lived there.

 

APPLICATION FEES

The current application fees* (2012) are:

  1. Main applicant
  • £561 if you are applying by post in the UK
  • £867 if you are applying in person inside the UK
  • £480 if you are applying outside the UK
  1. Partner or child aged under 18 (if they are applying at the same time as the main applicant and are included in your application form)
  • £281 each if you are applying by post in the UK
  • £434 each if you are applying in person inside the UK
  • £480 if you are applying outside the UK
  1. Partner or child aged under 18 (if they are applying later) or child over 18
  • £561 each if you are applying by post in the UK
  • £867 each if you are applying in person inside the UK
  • £480 if you are applying outside the UK

 

*Reduced rates apply where the applicant is a national of Croatia, Turkey or FYR of Macedonia

 

 

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