- provide a certificate of sponsorship reference number from your sponsor
- show you meet the English requirement
- have proof of £945 in savings, unless you’re exempt
Certificate of sponsorship
A certificate of sponsorship is a reference number which holds information about the job and your personal details. It’s not an actual certificate or paper document.
Your sponsor will give you your certificate of sponsorship reference number.
They must also give you some other information to help you to apply, for example how much you’ll be paid.
You’ll need to add your certificate of sponsorship reference number to your application form - you can only use it once.
Your certificate of sponsorship is valid for 3 months from the date it is assigned to you.
You must have £945 in your bank account for 90 days before you apply. This is to prove you can support yourself.
You won’t need savings if you have both a:
- fully approved (‘A-rated’) sponsor
- certificate of sponsorship stating that your sponsor will give you at least £945 to cover your costs for a month if you need it
If you’re already in the UK
You won’t need savings if you’re in the UK and you have a visa in one of the following categories:
- Tier 2
- work permit holder
- Jewish agency employee
- ground staff for an overseas airline
- minister of religion, missionary, or member of a religious order
- representative an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation