processing time for uk work visa

Processing time for UK tier2

After it has been confirmed that you have met the points required for sponsorship and you have accepted a formal offer of employment from the University, Human Resources (HR) will initiate the onboarding process via our e-recruitment system.

As part of this process, you will be required to complete an ‘Applicant Details Form - CoS Checklist’ so that we can carry out the necessary checks prior to assigning a CoS to you. The CoS is the University’s undertaking that the role is genuine and meets the necessary skill and salary requirements needed for sponsorship.

You will be asked to confirm the following information:

that your personal details are correct as stated on your job application form;
  • details of your current UK visa (if applicable);
  • how you will meet the points criteria for sponsorship; and
  • how you will meet the English language requirements.

Duration of a CoS

The duration of your employment contract will determine the duration of your CoS. For example, if you have a permanent contract, you will be issued with a 5-year CoS (maximum visa length before you need to extend it).

You can apply to extend your visa as many times as you like (subject to your contractual position) as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements.

After 5 years, you may be able to apply to settle permanently in the UK. This is also known as ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’ (ILR). This gives you the right to live, work and study in the UK for as long as you like and to apply for benefits if you are eligible.

If you are successful in gaining Settlement, you are no longer subject to visa restrictions in the UK and you will have the unlimited right to work.

How long it takes

Once you have applied online, proved your identity, and provided your documents, you will usually get a decision on your visa application within:

  • 3 weeks, if you’re outside the UK
  • 8 weeks, if you're inside the UK

If you need to go to an appointment, you may be able to pay for a faster decision. How you do this depends on whether you are outside the UK or inside the UK.

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