This route is for skilled workers who have been offered a job by a UK-based organisation. The organisation must hold a sponsor licence
To apply for a Tier 2 General working visa the applicant needs:
Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT)
As mentioned above the RLMT is a method that aims to ensure that jobs that members of the residence workforce (who have the absolute right to work in whatever occupation they choose) do not miss out on jobs that would be suitable for them. The Resident Labour Market Test does not need to be carried out in particular types of Tier 2 General application (please contact us for more information).
So how does test work in practice and what do employers have to do to pass it?
First of all, the employer or individual potential employee needs to check that the job is at the appropriate skill level and that it pays a salary that is at least the minimum for that particular job role (for example ‘Sales Manager’ or ‘Sound Engineer’ by examining the duties and responsibilities of the particular job role in accordance with the Codes of Practice.
Employers are required to advertise the position for at least 28 days, in at least two different publications ranging from government job websites to specific industry-specific journals.
It is essential that the advertisement for the role is in a particular format, and includes certain specific content. This is vitally important because if the employer fails to meet the strict requirements of how the advert should be they will fail the test.
Failing the test is very frustrating experience because it means that the company will have to begin the test (to advertise) all over again, wasting precious time and money (advertising costs) and prolonging their new employee’s start date and therefore the benefit of the skills he or she can contribute to the company.
In our experience, the UKVI is not very flexible in respect of companies ‘almost’ meeting the test or even in situations where they have advertised the role in the correct way, but have not kept records of the adverts to the UKBA’s satisfaction. We have helped many clients who have come to us after failing the test simply because they failed to include one tiny piece of information.
We have years of experience helping both employers and individuals to link the particular job role to the correct code of practice under which the Tier 2 General application will need to be submitted. This then unlocks the essential requirements that need to be met under that particular job role. We then guide our clients with clear and easy to understand advice about how to pass the RLMT. If you are a company or an individual who is thinks that this might be a suitable route for you, then please book a consultation.