The Tier 1 category is designed for non EEA nationals who are intending to work in the UK.
Different to the rest of the tier immigration system, the Tier 1 visa application does not require any sponsors and is solely dependent on the applicant successfully meeting the minimum points threshold of 100. Tier 1 visas are relevant to individuals who are setting up a long term business or looking to be employed by a particular company.
The Entrepreneur category of the Tier 1 allows applicants to invest in the UK economy by starting or assuming control of a business through investing £200,000. Potential applicants must also be involved in the day-to-day running of the company or business.
The Investor category is designed for individuals who are going to make a substantial £2,000,000 investment in the UK.
The Tier 2 Visa is designed for nationals from non European Economic Area who have a confirmed job offer from a UK based company. This visa category is an employer-led process with the sponsoring company applying on behalf of the candidate. Applicants for Tier 2 visas must obtain a work permit before entering the country. The visa is especially designed for medium to highly skilled workers in possession of a sponsorship certificate.
– Potential route for settlement in the UK.
– According to current work permit system, tier 2 applicants may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or for permanent residence after living in the UK for 5 years.
– Candidates may be able to naturalize as a UK citizen.