As part of your application process you must also provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). If you choose Standard or Priority service you will be required to pay an additional fee of £19.20 per applicant when you have your biometrics taken. If you choose the Premium service you will have your biometrics taken at your appointment at no additional cost.
You may have to pay a healthcare surcharge (called the ‘immigration health surcharge’ or IHS) in addition to your visa application fee. Check how much you may have to pay.
If you are taking a postgraduate course in the UK, you might need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. Find out if you need an ATAS certificate.
You can apply online if you need an ATAS certificate.
To apply for Tier 2 (General) leave to remain you need:
- a licensed sponsor who will employ you in the UK
- to be at least 16 years old
- to be photographed and have your fingerprints recorded
- to speak English
- to prove that you have enough money to pay for your stay in the UK (£945.00)
You will only be considered for Tier 2 (General) leave to remain. You will not be considered for any other type of leave to remain. You must use a different form if you want to stay for another reason.
How we use your data
The Home Office will use the personal information you provide to consider your application. We may also share your information with other public and private sector organisations in the UK and overseas. For more detail please see the Privacy Notice for the Borders, Immigration and Citizenship system. This also sets out your rights under the Data Protection Act 2018 and explains how you can access your personal information and complain if you have concerns about how we are using it.