Many clients on the Tier 2 work permit route are not sure what the do’s and don’ts on this immigration route are. One of the most frequently asked questions to the BIC immigration consultants are about the issue of Tier 2 and supplementary work – what’s allowed and whats not?
We have therefore compiled a short guideline on the issue, based on the UK Immigration Rules.
A Tier 2 employee can do extra work (in addition to the job specified on the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)) in the following circumstances;
If the above requirements are met, the Tier 2 holder need not inform the UK Home Office of this supplementary work.
A Tier 2 employee are allowed to do voluntary work in any sector, provided he/she is not paid or receive other money for the voluntary work. The employee is however allowed to receive payments for reasonable expenses, as described in the National Minimum Wage Act.
If a Tier 2 holder wants to do a second or additional job, which is not supplementary work (see above) – for example, more than 20 hours per week, or not in the same profession as the job specified on the CoS, he/she will need to apply for a new CoS for this second job, and apply for variation of leave.
There are very specific rules regarding the second work, and clients thinking of applying for this, will be well advised to seek professional guidance in this regard.
Please feel free to contact your BIC consultant for advice in your unique circumstances.