Confirmation of Maintenance for Tier 2 Visa 

  • February 10, 2020

The confirmation of maintenance is an essential part of your Tier 2 UK visa application - your application will be immediately rejected without it.

Here we'll take a close look at the confirmation of maintenance, considering it's purpose, how to get it from your employer and what happens if you can't.

What is the Confirmation of Maintenance? 

The Confirmation of Maintenance can also be known as an NHS Letter of Maintenance.

It is a confirmation from your sponsor that they will maintain and accommodate you, if necessary, for your first month of employment. 

Usually this is confirmed on your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) along with evidence of prospective earnings.

Please note, a letter from your hospital certifying maintenance is not an acceptable method of certification.

What is the purpose? 

The certification is used to ensure that you and any dependents joining are able to support themselves without recourse to public funds.

Will my hospital offer maintenance?

Most Tier 2 sponsors guarantee their prospective employees’ maintenance by stating on the CoS they will cover the applicant’s maintenance and accommodation costs for the first month of employment in the UK.

Only ‘A-rated’ sponsors have this option which covers the vast majority of employers with Tier 2 sponsorship licenses.

What if my trust will not guarantee maintenance?

This is unusual but not unheard of.

If the trust will not guarantee maintenance then you must prove that you have personal savings of at least £945 continuously for a 90-day period, no more than 31 days prior to the date of your application.

This would be included as part of your Tier 2 visa application.

For more useful articles on UK visas, immigration & relocation arrangements to help you and your family settle into your new life in the UK - take a look at our IMG Library.

Of course, with any further questions on UK visas and immigration including certificates of sponsorship, letters of maintenance, criminal record checks and tier 2 visa applications we are here to help.

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