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1. To switch to a different employer you will need to inform the UK and obtain a certificate of sponsorship from your new employer. You will then need to submit an application to the UKBA whom will issue you with a visa pertaining to the new employer.
2. If you have been on a Tier 2 visa continuously without a break for 5 years and you meet the salary requirement for your current employment, you will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain.
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Thanks for your response on this. Regards XXXXX XXXXX guideline as below , I have a few doubts / questions. Please could you clarify / advise .
You Said - 1. To switch to a different employer you will need to inform the UK? and obtain a certificate of sponsorship from your new employer. You will then need to submit an application to the UKBA whom will issue you with a visa pertaining to the new employer.
My doubts - 1> Is this possible as per current UKBA rules ?
2> Will my transition from Tier 2 ICT to Tier 2 General require me to be in my base country? Or can the application be done from inside the UK also. 3> Is it possible for the new company to apply for my COS inspite the fact Im already on a COS with current employer - Do i have to resign before the new company applies for my COS 4> If the new company does not get a COS then will it affect my current job ?
There are so many UKBA rules changes recently , its really difficult for me to keep trak of evey immigration rule change.
Regards XXXXX XXXXX response on the second point - just to doubly confirm from u - I would like to give you my visa details from 2008
Oct 2008 - Oct 2010 : Work permit ( general) Tier 2
Oct 2010 - Oct 2012 : Tier 2 ICT Long term Est Staff
Oct 2012 - Oct 2014 : Currently applying for extension in ICT category.
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Please let me clarify:
1. It is possible if you are switching to a different employer and are currently on a Tier 2 General Visa, you can switch your employer if your are on Tier 2 ICT if you are on a:
2. You can apply from inside the UK you do not need to be in your home country.
3. Yes a company can apply for a new COS provided they meet the UKBA requirements. You can resign once you have obtained the visa. If the company does not obtain a COS then your employment will not be effected.
My advise to your would be to extend your ICT if your sponsor is willing (which by what you have stated they are) then in Oct 2013 apply for indefinite leave to remain. As long as you have been inside of the UK on a Tier 2 visa for 5 years you can apply for indefinite leave to remain.
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Oh Thanks for your response on this. Based on the details I have given you , Im on ICT only from Oct 2010 ( before 2010 Apr - I was on Tier 2 general) Im a bit confused here as you mentioned the below 2 points -
Point 1 does apply , but Point 2 may not aply for me - Please if you could confirm if I am eligible to change Job in UK. i have already shared with you my Visa details . Thanks & regards.
Thank you for your response.
If you are either a :
You can switch into a Tier 2 general category.
It's a pleasure.
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