Q: I currently hold a UK Tier 2 Visa that will run out in September 2012. My employer is going to offer me an extension for a further 2 years. When can I apply for the extension? And are the proposed changes to UK Tier 2 Visa holders and settlement also applicable to those already holding a Tier 2 Visa? Will settlement not be an option?
A: You can apply for extension during the last 3 months of your current leave to remain. You must have a new Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for your extension application.
You must apply no more than 3 months before the start date on yourCoS. Your salary must be at least the same, or higher, than that shown on yourCoSfor your previous grant of leave. A Resident Market Labour test (advertising) is not required for extension applications.
The proposed changes to settlement for Tier 2 visa holders are still pending, but we believe that, if accepted, it will only be applicable to new applications from a date in the future. In your case, and provided your current 3 year period is extended for another 2 years, we can see no reason why you should not then qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain provided you comply with all the other requirements as well.
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