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Apply for a Tier 2 visa from outside home country

Only for the UK Skilled Worker visas, formerly known as Tier 2 visa route

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Apply for a Tier 2 visa from outside home country

Post by Ln1124 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:20 pm

Hi guys,

I am currently residing in the US under student visa (F1) and not US citizen. I'm from an Asian country. I'd like to ask if I need to go back to my home country to apply for the Tier 2 (general) visa or I can still apply for it from the US. I have been looking around but could not find any.

Any documents or comments would be very appreciated.

Thank you guys!!!

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Re: Apply for a Tier 2 visa outside from home country

Post by geriatrix » Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:13 pm

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Re: Apply for a Tier 2 visa outside from home country

Post by moonlight55 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:13 pm

You can apply from US itself since you have a valid leave to remain in the current country of residence (US).

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Re: Apply for a Tier 2 visa outside from home country

Post by Ln1124 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:27 pm

Thank you!!! I appreciate your comments!

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Re: Apply for a Tier 2 visa outside from home country

Post by Ln1124 » Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:54 am

I just found out that my situation is more complicated than it should be: my U.S. visa already expired, I just have a document (I-20) stating that I am a student from a U.S. School and that the program's length is about 2 years starting August 2015. I am wondering if that paper should be enough to prove to the UK embassy in the U.S. that I am staying here legally for at least another 6 months and can be granted a U.K visa from here or do I have to go back to My home country and apply for a UK visa from there?

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Re: Apply for a Tier 2 visa outside from home country

Post by Wanderer » Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:02 am

Ln1124 wrote:I just found out that my situation is more complicated than it should be: my U.S. visa already expired, I just have a document (I-20) stating that I am a student from a U.S. School and that the program's length is about 2 years starting August 2015. I am wondering if that paper should be enough to prove to the UK embassy in the U.S. that I am staying here legally for at least another 6 months and can be granted a U.K visa from here or do I have to go back to My home country and apply for a UK visa from there?
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Re: Apply for a Tier 2 visa outside from home country

Post by Ln1124 » Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:46 pm

It's a little different in the U.S. Depending on your country of citizenship, they grant us different length for the visa. In my case, I have only one year student visa. I'm still staying here legally as long as I'm still going to school. If I drop school, I have to leave right away. Or if I leave the country and want to come back, I have to apply again. They will again grant me another one year visa only, even if the program is a 5 year one.

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Re: Apply for a Tier 2 visa outside from home country

Post by geriatrix » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:13 pm

AIUI, UK Visas and Immigration won't accept that you have legal status in US based on your I-20. What they'll need to see is a valid "residence permit" (visa).

If in doubt, check with the UK Visas and Immigration in the USA.
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Re: Apply for a Tier 2 visa outside from home country

Post by Ln1124 » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:38 pm

Thanks sushdmehta!

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Tier 2 General Application - original certificate of award

Post by Ln1124 » Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:12 am

Hi,

I read that the government requires to submit an original certificate of award. I am not quite sure what it means. Does it mean I have to send them my original diploma? If not, what is the document I have to submit? I graduated more than a year ago, so I guess An official transcript will not suffice. I graduated from a college in the U.S., so I am not familiar with the UK system.

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Re: Apply for a Tier 2 visa from outside home country

Post by geriatrix » Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:46 am

Have you made an effort to read the Tier 2 policy guidance?
Read clause 17.
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Re: Apply for a Tier 2 visa from outside home country

Post by jidutm » Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:40 pm

[quote=Ln1124 post_id=1221735 time=1438111244 user_id=129244]
Hi guys,

I am currently residing in the US under student visa (F1) and not US citizen. I'm from an Asian country. I'd like to ask if I need to go back to my home country to apply for the Tier 2 (general) visa or I can still apply for it from the US. I have been looking around but could not find any.

Any documents or comments would be very appreciated.

Thank you guys!!!

Hi,

I am currently in a similar situation but I have been living in Sweden Since Sep 2015. My my residence permit has ended in Dec 2017 and have applied for extension but my application is pending.
So we did you do? did you apply from US or India?

Thanks in advance

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Re: Apply for a Tier 2 visa from outside home country

Post by Casa » Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:46 pm

jidutm wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:40 pm
Ln1124 wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:20 pm
Hi guys,

I am currently residing in the US under student visa (F1) and not US citizen. I'm from an Asian country. I'd like to ask if I need to go back to my home country to apply for the Tier 2 (general) visa or I can still apply for it from the US. I have been looking around but could not find any.

Any documents or comments would be very appreciated.

Thank you guys!!!

Hi,

I am currently in a similar situation but I have been living in Sweden Since Sep 2015. My my residence permit has ended in Dec 2017 and have applied for extension but my application is pending.
So we did you do? did you apply from US or India?

Thanks in advance
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