You need to:
- have a valid certificate of sponsorship for your job
- be paid an ‘appropriate salary’ for your job
- have personal savings so you can support yourself when you arrive in the UK
- show you can travel and your travel history over the last 5 years
- have tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country
- be able to show you have worked for your employer outside the UK
Certificate of sponsorship
A certificate of sponsorship holds your personal details and information about the job you’ve been offered. It’s an electronic record, not a paper document. Your sponsor will give you a certificate of sponsorship reference number to add to your application.
You can only use your certificate of sponsorship reference number once. You must use it 3 months after getting it.
You usually need to be paid at least the minimum salary for your type of visa or the appropriate rate for the job you’re offered - whichever is higher.
The minimum salary is:
- £41,500 for Long-term Staff
- £23,000 for Graduate Trainee
Check the guidance - the salary you need might be different, for example if:
- you’re extending your Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa
- you’re working in the UK for less than a year
- you’ll be paid at an hourly rate
- you’ll work a set number of hours
You must have £945 in your bank account for 90 days before you apply. This is to prove you can support yourself.
You do not need to prove this if you have a fully approved (‘A-rated’) sponsor who can give you at least £945 to cover your costs for a month if you need it. Your sponsor must confirm this on the certificate of sponsorship.