SUPPLEMENTARY WORK AND SECOND JOBS
Recently the Home Office have been contacting our case studies to warn them that they may have broken the terms of their visa by working in more than one job.
THIS IS NOT TRUE.
We do not know why the Home Office has been contacting people to inform them of this.
Further communication with the Home Office and the Economic Migration Policy Committee has confirmed that Tier 2 (General) skilled workers are able to take up supplementary work. As we already knew, in Immigration Rules 6A, supplementary employment is defined as:
“appears on the Shortage Occupation List in Appendix K, or in the same profession and
at the same professional level as that which the migrant is being sponsored to do provided
(a) the migrant remains working for the Sponsor in the employment that the Certificate of Sponsorship Checking Service records that the migrant is being sponsored to do,
(b) the other employment does not exceed 20 hours per week and takes place outside of the hours when the migrant is contracted to work for the Sponsor in the employment the migrant is being sponsored to do.”
However when applying for ILR, only earnings from the role for which you are sponsored can be counted. You cannot combine your collective salaries when applying for settlement.
Some employers are unwilling to employ Tier 2 skilled workers part-time because they think the employee needs to be issued a Certificate of Sponsorship.
THIS IS ALSO NOT TRUE.
Supplementary work undertaken by a Tier 2 skilled worker does not need to be declared to the Home Office, and a Certificate of Sponsorship is not needed.
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