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Yes I am on a general Tier 2 Residence Permit, which I obtained in April 2012 and it is valid until 13/03/2105.
It says Restricted work
No I haven't applied for ILR.
My work permit states, issued in the UK on the 22/05/2012 and it's valid until the 12/03/2015
By the way it says (General) Leave To Remain
Yes it was
I was prior to this visa on Student Visa's for my university studies.
I did work prior to this first and only Tier 2 general visa on my previous uni study visa as it allowed me to stay and work for a period prior to getting my current job.
My current firm sponsored me to get this extended work Visa as they went through the process of trying to find someone here first but employed me as they proved that they required my employment.
I am shocked as the sponsorship department told my employer and me that I could apply for my Passport after only 2 years of working on the Tier 2 Sponsored Visa as I had lived and studied for so long previously?
Yes Tom, I was just thinking the same.
I am of course very disappointed as the advice they gave us was other as previously noted, however I shall have to speak with my employer as I don't know what they will have to do to extend the sponsorship for me and how that works.
As noted my current Tier 2 visa runs out on the 12/03/2105 so does my employer have to go through the whole putting the job up for a UK resident or the likes or is that at least a simple extension process as they need me as I've worked with them so long etc.?