The Tier 2 (General) category is for foreign nationals who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce that cannot be filled by a settled worker.Limit on Tier 2 (General) Workers Applying From AbroadFor the year from 6 April 2012 to 5 April 2013, a maximum of 20,700 skilled workers can come to the UK under Tier 2 (General) to do jobs with an annual salary below £150,000. There is no limit on the number of workers coming to the UK to do jobs with an annual salary of £150,000 or above.Tier 2 (General) is part of UKBA points-based system, which is for migrants from outside Europe. The applicants must need to meet the requirements if they want to come to or remain in the UK as a skilled worker under Tier 2 (General) of points-based system category.The applicants must score a total of 70 points and meet English and Maintenance requirements of the Immigration Rules.Points for AttributesThe applicants must score 50 points for having a Tier 2 (General) certificate of sponsorship, and for being paid an appropriate salary.The applicants can score 30 points for having a Tier 2 (General) certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor. When assigning a certificate, the sponsor will indicate whether they are assigning it because:
The job has an annual salary of £150,000 or more or
The job is on the shortage occupation list or
The sponsor has completed a Resident Labor Market test (or an exemption applies) or
The applicant is already here under Tier 2 (General) and is applying to extend his stay and will work for the same sponsor in the same job.
The applicant should ask sponsor to tell the basis on which they assigned the certificate.Assigned a certificate of sponsorship (30 Points) because the job
Has an annual salary of £150,000 or more
The job is on the shortage occupation list
The sponsor has completed a resident labour market test (or an exemption applies) or
The applicant want to extend stay and continue working in the same job for the same employer
Appropriate Salary and Allowances (20 Points)
Points for English LanguageThe Applicants must score 10 points for English Language ability.Points for Maintenance (Funds)The Applicants must score 10 points for maintenance (funds).