Supporting Documents for TIER 2 visa

The documents that you need to submit for Tier 2 is pretty limited and almost the same for everyone. You need to show up at the booked date and time at the Visa Application Centre (VAC) with all the papers and submit them according the system of your countries VAC. Some countries, e.g. USA, you have the option to mail them the papers, with the biometrics taken at a separate location. In other countries, e.g. Bangladesh, you have to attend the appointment where your documents will be scanned and also biometric information will be taken at the same day, just like the visitor visa.  They will also take your fingerprints, so keep in mind that if you have henna on your hands, you will not be allowed to proceed as it doesn’t allow for a clear scan.Your case will be well explained in the online application part, or you can always have a look at your countries VAC website.

What documents do I have to provide?

These are the documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
  3. IELTS/OET Test Report Form or UKNARIC (unless exempted)
  4. Criminal records certificate
  5. TB clearance certificate (if you are from any of the listed countries)
  6. Additional documents
    1. Maintenance letter from sponsor / Bank statement having £945 for 3 months (If employer is not a fully A-rated sponsors)
    2. Certificate of full registration as a medical practitioner in the UK (GMC)
    3. Certificate of full registration as a medical practitioner in your country
    4. Primary Medical Qualification diploma
    5. Tenancy agreement from the previous stay in the UK
    6. IHS payment confirmation
    7. Previous/expired passports from the last 10 years

Check to see if your country’s VAC requires you to provide photocopies of all of your documents and supply them accordingly.

Cover letter

Find a redacted copy of my cover letter here to have an idea how the things were chalked down.

Please note that if in your online application you stated holding any sort of previous nationality, dual citizenship, or status such as Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) or National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) in the last 10 years, these should be explained in your letter, especially if you still have any expired passports in your possession. Please also note that OCI and NICOP come under visas and not passports.

Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)

This is a very vital document and you must have noticed the entire application is made on the basis of this. I had a CoS for a job at shortage occupation, so if you have a non-SOL job, the CoS may not look like the same.

CoS_001

And here is the most vital page:

CoS_002

Criminal records certificate

This is document is a MUST, and is covered in our post on obtaining criminal records certificate.

TB clearance certificate

Another document you must provide in order to apply for a Tier 2 visa is a test to determine if you are positive for tuberculosis. You’ll need to have a tuberculosis test if you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months and are a resident of any of the following countries.

You’ll be given a chest x-ray to test for TB. If the result of the x-ray isn’t clear you may also be asked to give a sputum sample. If your test shows that you don’t have TB, you’ll be given a certificate which is valid for 6 months from the date of your x-ray. Include this certificate with your UK visa application.

You won’t need a TB test if any of the following apply:

  • you’re a diplomat accredited to the UK
  • you’re a returning UK resident and haven’t been away for more than 2 years
  • you lived for at least 6 months in a country where TB screening is not required by the UK, and you’ve been away from that country for no more than 6 months

Frequently Asked Questions

I am bringing my children with me. Will they also require a TB test?

All children must see a clinician who will decide if they need a chest x-ray. Children under 11 will not normally have a chest x-ray taken.

You must take your child to an approved clinic and complete a health questionnaire. If the clinician decides your child doesn’t have TB, they’ll give you a certificate. Include this certificate with your child’s UK visa application.

I am pregnant. What are my options?

You can choose:

  • an x-ray with an extra shield to protect you and your unborn child in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters
  • a sputum test- there may be an extra fee and you could wait up to 8 weeks for results
  • to wait until after delivery

If you don’t want to be tested, you can use an x-ray taken within the last 3 months at a UK-approved screening clinic. Ask a clinician at an approved clinic to review your x-ray. If it’s accepted, the clinician will give you a certificate to send with your UK visa application.

Additional Documents

Maintenance letter/Bank Statement

As mentioned above, if your employer is not a fully approved (A-rated) sponsor, and they haven’t ticked “Y” for maintenance then you must provide a bank statement having £945 for the last 90 days before you apply. You can contact your HR about it also; sometimes they issue a maintenance letter.

If you are also applying for a dependent, please understand first what that means.

A ‘dependant’ is any of the following:

  • your husband, wife, or partner
  • your child under 18
  • your child over 18 if they’re currently in the UK as a dependant

You must show that your dependants can be supported while they’re in the UK. Each dependant must have £630 available to them whether they apply with you or separately. This is in addition to the £945 you must have to support yourself.

You must have proof you have the money, and that it’s been in your bank account or your dependant’s bank account for at least 90 days before you or they apply.

You won’t need evidence of your savings if you have a:

Educational Documents

Not mandatory. I had added those just because I mentioned about them in the cover letter.

Tenancy agreement from the previous stay

If you had stayed in a rented accommodation and you can make one, I suggest you do that. Here is a redacted copy of my tenancy agreement. Any sort of booking of a place will also do to back your claim of your previous stay in the UK.

Previous passports

If you still have an old passport that has been used in the last 10 years and is now either expired or of a nationality you no longer hold, provide it. This is so they can verify transparency regarding your travel in the last 10 years and that you have provided criminal record certificates to all countries you’ve stayed in for at least 12 months, consecutively or not, in the last 10 years.


So there you have it, all the documents you need to submit in order to continue on your road to the UK. Good luck!

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Hi Doctor Ibreez and Ivan, This is an awesome post. i have been a loyal follower of this blog. I have two questions if you dont mind: 1) Could we provide multiple (2 or more) bank accounts statements in order to reach the £945 target? 2) In regards with previous… Read more »

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Awesome thank you very much!

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Shuvamay Chowdhury

Hi Dr Ivan, I have applied for GMC and submitted everything to GMC. Now GMC have invited me for ID check. In the meantime I have been offered a job. Now, I am planning to apply for Tier 2 visa. Unless I physically attend GMC, my registration will not be… Read more »

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man ngm

before one year, i was in a gulf country and i got a criminal record but it has been written that it is valid for 3 months and it was valid when i left this country. can i submit it in my application or do i have to issue another… Read more »

Mostafa Negmeldin
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No, I have not returned to this country since I left it one year ago and I have been staying in my mother country since then.

Mostafa Negmeldin
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Mostafa Negmeldin

Ok, thanks a lot Ivan and Ibreez. You are really kind

Mostafa Negmeldin
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Mostafa Negmeldin

Hi Ivan and Ibreez, Thank you for your help, I have a question please. Is the immigration health surcharge payment linked to one visa application only? I mean I paid for IHS and I submitted my visa application without payment the visa fees and I want to edit some data… Read more »

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Thank you Ivan

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ken mege

what is the list of compulsory documents for dependent child on tier 2 shortage occupation visa. thanks

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rahul

HI dr Ibreez and Ivan I have received my Tier 2 certificate of sponsorship. But not yet got my GMC registration,it may take about 2-3 months…Is a GMC registration number mandatory to apply for a tier 2 visa from India.Or can i get a tier 2 visa,come to UK and… Read more »

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Thank you so much both of you for this amazing information . I have a question that if I want to take my dependent (partner) and apply along with me what other documents will I need to add and will there be any chance of visa rejection of dependent on… Read more »

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I want to write a letter of support for one of my employees – we are not a Tier 2 Sponsor, but I want to write a letter of recommendation or help her with her application. She is happy for me to include her salary details and living arrangements etc… Read more »

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Thanks. She was hoping we would be a sponsor for her, but sadly as we don’t have a licence we cant, however, the Home Office have given her an alternative in which she has to send a ton of other “evidence” and we are just hoping to help her…”Every bit… Read more »

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Hi Dr. Ivan, Your site is very informative , I am just waiting for my cos to arrive anytime this month and I would like to asked if its better to state in my cover letter my previous rejection of tourist visa when applying tier 2 general ? I visited… Read more »

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Hi, about the tenancy agreement from previous stay – does it mean for the plab 2 visit? I stayed at a friends place half the time and half the time at the academy accommodation. So how do I show that?

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Hello, Thank you so much for this blog. It has guided me throughout my UK transition process. Please I would like some clarification about the TB Clearance. I currently reside in a country where TB screening is not required by the UK but I will be visiting my home country… Read more »

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Hi Dr Ibreez and Ivan

I have applied IELTS for UKVI – General for Tier 2 visa, can it b valid?

MaryamHaider
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Hello, my question is regarding bank statement. I moved from Maldives to Pakistan in this February and now ( in April) I am applying for my Tier 2 visa. I have bank statement of 6 months from Maldives bank account ( Aug 2018 to 30th Jan 2019) and of around… Read more »

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Hi Dr Ibreez and Ivan, my start date on COS was changed from 1st April to 18th April 2019 till 31st March 2020, can I still write my intended duration of stay in the UK 1 year in visa application? Or should I write 11 months 13 days? Regards

Wardah Rana
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Hi Docro Ibreez and Ivan. I was wondering I am in UK doing a clinical attachment on a 2 year visit visa, do i have to fly back to my home country to get a Tier 2 or can I do it while I am in UK.

ABDULLAH AL FAISAL
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ABDULLAH AL FAISAL

Hello
Thanks for your amazing write-up.
In my old passport both my father and minr s name had a few spelling mistakes!
Should I need to provide an affidavit regarding that?

madhu1990
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madhu1990

Is GMC mandatory for tier 2 visa ?? If the GMC is in process will it affect the visa??

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