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TIER 2 VISA APPLICATION GUIDANCE FOR OVERSEAS APPLICANTS

Overview
The purpose of this document is to provide general guidance on the requirements for a Tier 2
(General) visa application made overseas.
Applicants are advised to refer to the UK Border Agencys more comprehensive guidance
alongside this guidance document. The UK Border Agencys guidance can be found at
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/tier2/general/outsideuk/
Once you have been issued with your unique Certificate of Sponsorship number by the
University of Oxford, you must apply for your visa within three months from the date that the
University issued the Certificate of Sponsorship.
The Certificate of Sponsorship will automatically expire after three months if it has not been
used to make a visa application.
Please note, you cannot apply for your visa any sooner than three months before the start date
given on your Certificate of Sponsorship. In addition, you can enter the UK no sooner than 14
days before the start date for the job shown on your Certificate of Sponsorship.
The Certificate of Sponsorship will be emailed to you by the Universitys Work Permits Desk.

APPLICATION FORMS
Main Applicant
Overseas applicants are required to complete two application forms to apply for a Tier 2 visa.
First, you will need to complete the VAF9 application form points based system with your
personal details.
Migrants from some countries may be required to apply for this stage online. See
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/countries/ for information on how to apply in each country.
You will then need to complete form VAF9 PBS Appendix 5 Tier 2 (all categories).
These forms can be downloaded from
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/tier2/general/outsideuk/
Dependants
If you are bringing dependants with you to the UK they will not require a Certificate of
Sponsorship but they will need visas. Each dependant will need to fill in the VAF10 application
form points based system dependant) which can be downloaded from
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/partners-families/migrant-workers-students/

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Dependant applications are usually submitted at the same time as the main applicants
application, although dependant applications can be submitted separately, if required.

POINTS CRITERIA
All overseas applicants are required to meet the UK Border Agencys points criteria.
You must obtain 70 points in order to be eligible for a Tier 2 visa, as follows:
Requirement
Valid Certificate of Sponsorship.
Salary meets the minimum rate detailed in the appropriate Code of Practice,

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or 20,000 per annum, whichever is higher.


Maintenance either (a) the equivalent of 900 of personal savings held for at least
three months prior to the date of the visa application, plus additional savings (600)
for each accompanying dependant, or, (b) confirmation from the employing
department/college that it will if necessary maintain and accommodate the migrant to
a minimum value of 900 (and accompanying dependants to a minimum value of
600 each, if required) during the first month of employment.
English language: (a) national of an English-speaking country as defined by the
UKBA, or (b) has studied for a degree via the medium of English, or (c) has passed
an approved English language test

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You can check your points total at http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/pointscalculator

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MAIN APPLICANT


All applicants are required to submit the following original documents with their visa
applications:
 A valid passport
 Biometric details (see note below)
 Official record of any criminal convictions (if applicable)
 One passport sized colour photograph, taken within the last month. (Please ensure that you
read the photograph requirements at the end of form VAF9)
 Payment of the appropriate fee(s).

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All applicants are also required to provide documentary evidence to show that they meet all of
the Tier 2 points criteria. The only documents that are considered sufficient evidence of meeting
the Tier 2 points criteria are as follows:
Evidence of sponsorship:
 The Certificate of Sponsorship (containing a unique reference number) issued to you by
email by the University of Oxford.
Evidence of appropriate salary:
 The Certificate of Sponsorship issued to you by the University of Oxford includes details of
your salary. By issuing you with a Certificate of Sponsorship, the University of Oxford has
confirmed that the UK Border Agencys appropriate salary criteria have been met. Please
simply enter your current salary (and allowances, where applicable) on the application form.
Evidence of sufficient maintenance funds:
 Original personal bank/ building society statements covering at least the 90 day period
immediately before making the application, showing your name, account number, date of the
statement, financial institutions name and logo, transactions covering the past 90 days, and
that the account balance has always been at least 900 during this period.
**PLEASE NOTE** If online statements are submitted these must be supported by a letter from
the bank (on headed paper) confirming the authenticity of the statements, or the statements
may be stamped and dated with the banks official stamp on each page.
OR
 An original building society pass book covering at least the 90 day period immediately
before making the application, clearly showing your name, account number, date of the
statement, financial institutions name and logo, transactions covering the past 90 days, and
that the account balance has always been at least 900 during this period.
OR
 An original letter from your bank (on headed paper) confirming funds for at least the 90 day
period immediately before making the application. The letter must show your name, account
number, date, institutions name and logo and that the account balance has always been at
least 900 during the past 90 days.
OR
 Confirmation from your employing department/college that it will, if necessary, maintain and
accommodate you to a minimum value of 900 during the first month of employment. Your
Certificate of Sponsorship will confirm if your department / college has certified your
maintenance.
**PLEASE NOTE** Applicants with dependants will need to show evidence that they have an
extra 600 of funds for each dependant, and that these extra funds have been present in the
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account for at least the 90 day period immediately before making the application, or evidence
that the dependants are able to support themselves by showing they have had at least 600 in
their own account for at least the 90 day period immediately before making the application.
Alternatively, written confirmation from your employing department/college that it will, if
necessary, maintain and accommodate your dependants to a minimum value of 600 per
dependant for the first month of your employment is also acceptable.
Evidence of English language proficiency:
 An original and valid passport for nationals of a majority English speaking country (please
refer to the application form for which countries qualify as majority English speaking).
OR
 An original certificate of award for a qualification that is equivalent to at least a UK Bachelors
degree and was taught in English. The certificate must clearly show your name, title of the
qualification, date of the award and name of the awarding institution.
**PLEASE NOTE** If the UK Border Agencys Points Calculator
(http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/pointscalculator) does not show that your qualification was
taught in English, you will need to submit a letter from the awarding institution on official headed
paper, which includes your name, title of award, date of award and confirmation that the degree
was taught in English.
OR
 An original test certificate from an approved English Language Test organisation showing
the applicants name, the level of qualification obtained and date of the award. For a list of
approved English Language Tests, see
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/tier2/general/supportingevidence/englishlanguage/

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS DEPENDANTS


You will be required to provide the following documents for each dependant application:
 A valid passport
 Biometric details
 Marriage or Civil Partnership Certificate (if applicable)
 Birth Certificate (if applicable)
 Official record of any criminal convictions (if applicable)
 One passport sized colour photograph (please ensure you read the photograph requirements
at the end of form VAF9)

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 Evidence of the relationship to the main applicant if the dependant is an un-married partner
 Evidence that the main applicant has an extra 600 of funds for each dependant, and that
these extra funds have been present in the account for at least the past 90 days, OR evidence
that the dependants are able to support themselves by showing they have had at least 600 in
their own account for the past 90 days, OR written confirmation from your employing
department/college that it will, if necessary, maintain and accommodate your dependants to a
minimum value of 600 per dependant for the first month of your employment.
 Payment of the appropriate fee.
BIOMETRIC ENROLMENT PROCESS
All UK visa applicants will need to provide their biometric details (fingerprints and photograph) in
person at a Visa Application Centre as part of their visa application.

URGENT APPLICATIONS
The Work Permits Desk is not able to request that any visa application is treated urgently.
Please check with your local Visa Application Centre/ British Embassy if you would like to
enquire whether this is possible. In most countries, it is not possible to expedite a visa
application. Therefore, you are strongly advised not to make any travel arrangements until your
visa has been approved.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO NOTE
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The Work Permits Desk cannot guarantee the successful outcome of any visa application
since this decision is made by UK Border Agency, and not by the University.

2.

Applications are likely to be automatically rejected by the UK Border Agency if they are
submitted with missing or incorrect documents.

3.

All documents provided must be original and not copies.

4.

Any documents not in English must be accompanied by a fully certified translation.


Translations must be carried out by a professional translator, and must include details of
the translators credentials, confirmation that it is a true and entire translation and show the
date and signature of the translator.

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Bank statements must be dated no more than one month prior to the date of application.

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