If you are either currently studying and your intention is to remain in the UK to work or you are close to graduating in the UK and would like to work in the UK, then these are the requirements you will need to satisfy:
Firstly, an employer will need to sponsor you in the UK, which means they will need to hold a sponsor licence. This will enable the employer to issue you with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) which will then enable you to apply to switch in-country from a Tier 4 (General) Student to a Tier 2 (General) visa.
You will need to meet certain criteria as a student before the employer can provide you with a CoS.
You must be currently or have last been sponsored by a Tier 4 sponsor which is either a UK recognised body, or a body in receipt of public funding as a higher education institution, or an overseas higher education institution and you were sponsored to undertake a short-term study abroad programme in the UK.
You must have completed, or be applying no more than 3 months before the expected completion date of a course leading to a UK bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Diploma of Education. Alternatively, you must have completed a minimum of 12 months’ study in the UK towards a UK PhD during your current period of leave or a period of continuous leave which includes your last grant of leave.
Your period of study must have been undertaken whilst you had entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK that was not subject to a restriction.
As part of your application, you will be required to provide certain documentation when submitting a Tier 2 (General) visa application to prove that you meet the above criteria.
Gherson has extensive experience with the Points Based System and providing advice in relation to switching between the Tier 4 (General) Student and Tier 2 (General) visa categories. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
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