The basic principle for your Tier 2 visa application is to keep it simple.
Documents Needed Beforehand
Before you begin your Tier 2 visa application, you should make sure that you have the following documents:
- Certificate of Sponsorship (valid for 3 months)
- TB Clearance Certificate (valid for 6 months)
- Police Clearance Certificate (valid for 6 months)
- IELTS UKVI academic certificate (valid for 2 years)
- Letter of maintenance (optional).
Letter of Maintenance
You can ask your trust’s HR to issue a letter of maintenance to you, certifying that they will take care of your expenses and accommodation before you get your first pay cheque. However, as long as they have mentioned this on the certificate of sponsorship, you do not need a separate letter of maintenance from the trust.
You can check the complete list of documents I submitted for my visa application to get an idea of what to submit along with your application.
You can check my cover letter for my Tier 2 visa application to get an idea of how to write your cover letter.
The Visa Process
The procedure is very similar to the procedure for PLAB 2 visa. I have discussed it in detail in a separate post here.
This includes two things:
The UK government wants to know that you will be able to support yourself financially before you get your first pay cheque and that you will have a place to stay in the UK. They want to make sure that you will not be a burden on the UK government.
Most NHS trusts mention on the certificate of sponsorship that they will provide maintenance to the employee. You should get in touch with your HR and discuss this in detail to make things clear for you.
In case you are being provided maintenance by your sponsor, your sponsor must be a fully approved (‘A-rated’) sponsor, which most NHS trusts are. But it is best to confirm this by checking the list of fully approved sponsors.
For funds, you have two options:
1. In case, your trust is NOT providing maintenance, you must have £945 in your bank account for 90 days or more before you apply for your visa.
2. In case your sponsor is willing to provide maintenance, you do not need to show your bank account.
You need to mention your accommodation in your visa application.
1. If your hospital has provided you with maintenance, you can mention your hospital’s address as your accommodation.
2. If your hospital has NOT provided you with maintenance, you should contact your HR to discuss in detail this with them.
What You Do NOT Need
You do not need to show the following to the entry clearance officer as they know that you are going to the UK to work.
- Strong ties to home country.
- Employment in your home country.
- Strong bank balance.
Tier 2 visa application is very different from PLAB 2 visa application. There is a very small margin of visa rejection for Tier 2 application. Tier 2 applications are only rejected if the applicant makes a blunder. Like I said above, the most important rule is to keep the application simple.