Can Tier 2 General Work as Contractor

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As the global economy continues to evolve, more and more people are turning to contracting rather than traditional employment. In the UK, the Tier 2 General visa is a common way for skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to work in the country. But can these workers use this visa to work as contractors?

The short answer is yes, Tier 2 General visa holders can work as contractors. However, there are rules and regulations that must be followed to ensure compliance with UK immigration law.

Contracting as a Tier 2 General visa holder means you will be working for yourself, either as a sole trader or through your own limited company. This means you will need to register with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as self-employed and complete self-assessment tax returns.

You will also need to ensure that your visa conditions are met. You will need to work for the employer listed on your certificate of sponsorship (CoS) and only in the role specified on your visa. If you wish to change employers, you will need to obtain a new CoS and have it assigned to your visa.

It is also important to note that, as a contractor, you are responsible for your own income tax and National Insurance contributions. This can be a complex area, so it is recommended to seek professional advice from an accountant or tax specialist.

Furthermore, if you are working through your own limited company, you will need to ensure that you comply with UK company law and are registered with Companies House.

In summary, Tier 2 General visa holders can work as contractors, but it is important to follow the rules and regulations to ensure compliance with UK law. Seek professional advice and ensure that your visa conditions are met to avoid any legal issues. Contracting can be a great way to work in the UK, but it is essential to be fully aware of the legal requirements and responsibilities.

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