Hello, I am replying here because my situation is nearly identical. I am also an academic on a tier 2 visa.
In my case the supplementary work would be private consultancy (which would qualify as self-employment I believe) for a company based outside of UK, to do work closely related to my professional expertise. If I understand @Jason's reply well, this is an acceptable case? And if it is, I can then pay taxes on this additional income through HMRC the way UK/EU citizens do?
@simon Thank you Simon for your reply.
I will provide a letter from my employer or his accountant explaining their mistake and hopefully it will be sorted without any problem on my ILR. fingers crossed!
Thank you for the response. Yes I recieved the RCoS in April this year.
Is there a link which I can go through to find out the medical conditions convered in the National Health Service for people working with Tier 2 General Visa ?
Thank you again.
@JASP Just to add to @Lauren's advice it is possible to be self employed in certain circumstances rather than receiving your salary though PAYE. This is unusual but permitted and is often found amongst health care professionals. It is possible to be self employed in your supplementary job even if you are not on your main job.
@sobia1986 the information which you refer to only applies to RCoS applications and is not relevant to your situation. Your employer should have no problem gaining an allocation of Unrestricted CoS - we would be pleased to talk to them if they need help with this. It is not hard to get these applications accepted and indeed we offer a money back guarantee on them, such is our success rate.
@armeena02 I am sorry for the delay in responding to your post. In terms of the Home Office an increase in salary such as this should be treated as an annual increment and does not need to be reported. However if you or your employer are concerned about this it can be reported through the Sponsor Management System (SMS)
I have applied for new Tier 2 visa (change of employment). The start date on the new CoS in 14th of May 2018. I am hoping to get an approval next week. I was wondering if I get an approval on let's say 4th of May will I still be able to work for my current employer until 14th of May?
My understanding is that you cannot work for your current employer once you get the BRP card/approval letter for your new employer. Is this correct?
Please accept my apologies for the delayed response. You can only switch to Tier 2 (General) if your most recent entry clearance under Tier 2 (ICT) was granted before 06 April 2011. If you have had entry clearance in this category since 06 April 2011 you would need to leave the UK and complete the 12 month cooling off period before applying for a Tier 2 (General) visa.
Unfortunately to remain in the UK on a Tier 2 (General) visa you need to be sponsored by a specific employer who holds a valid Sponsor Licence and can issue you with a Certificate of Sponsorship. It may be possible for your employer to apply for a Sponsor Licence. They can refer to the below guidance to see if they may be eligible:
You are not able to become a director of a business on a Tier 2 (General) visa even if this is an unpaid role. The only work permitted is as follows:
• working for the sponsor in the job recorded on your Certificate of Sponsorship; and
• supplementary employment; and
• voluntary work
Supplementary employment is either a job under the shortage occupation list or in the same profession as your current SOC code, no more than 20 hours per week and outside your normal working hours as stated on your Certificate of Sponsorship. Please see page 57 of the below guidance: