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Tier 2 Visa Maintenance Requirement

  • October 13, 2020

What is maintenance?

When applying for your Tier 2 Visa, you will use your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) as proof of your right to work in the UK. On every CoS, there is a box to 'certify' maintenance. Your Trust will in most cases tick this box, which means you can apply for your Visa with no additional documentation required.

However, if you are outside of the UK applying for a Tier 2 visa, and for some reason your Trust has not ticked maintenance on your CoS, you will be required to prove that you have had personal savings or equivalent to £945 in your bank account for three months at the time your application is made.

What about my dependents?

Some doctors who apply for a Tier 2 visa wish to bring their dependent family along with them.

A dependent family member is:

  • A wife or civil partner
  • Unmarried partner
  • Children under eighteen years of age at the time of your application

If your Tier 2 application is successful, your dependents will be entitled to stay in the UK with you for as long as they do not claim any benefits in the UK.

To satisfy the maintenance requirement you must show you have £630 in savings for each dependent or that each of your dependents has £630 in savings.

Again, the savings must have been in your account for a minimum of three months at the time the application is made.

To summarise, you must show that you have £945 for your own maintenance funds and then a further £630 for each dependent you intend to bring.

Please note that if your hospital agrees to provide you with maintenance then this will also include your dependents and so there will be no need to evidence their funds.

What information do I need to evidence on my bank or building society number?

They should clearly show:

  • Your name
  • The account number
  • The date of your statement
  • The financial institution’s name and logo
  • Transactions covering the 90-day period
  • That there are enough funds present in the account

You must evidence your most recent statement and it must be dated within 31 days.

Please note the Border Agency will not accept a document that shows the funds on 1 day only.

Why has my hospital not ticked the maintenance box on my CoS?

If your hospital has agreed to provide you with maintenance and they have not checked the box on your CoS application – do not worry. This is usually an error and can be fixed by adding an additional sponsor note, meaning your Tier 2 visa application will not be affected.

If you are an IMG who is interested in relocating to the UK and working within the NHS send your CV to [email protected] – and one of our Specialist Advisers will be in touch with you.

Come and join our Facebook group IMG Advisor: where you will receive access to frequent blog posts, the opportunity to ask relocation questions and receive professional advice and to meet other IMGs!

Originally Posted: 22/08/2018
Updated: 13/10/2020


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