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Hi,

I am coming up to three years on my Tier 2 general under the point-based-system (visa expires Sept 30, 2015; 3-yr visa started 30 Sept 2012). I didn't start my job until January of 2013 (moved here in Dec 28 2012). If I apply for another 3-year visa, does it matter that my visa started quite a bit before I started work? Also, it says that a Tier 2 can have five years as from the sponsor date. As I'm renew, do I have a new sponsor date with the new visa or does it count from the original? Lastly, would this then jeopardize my ability to get indefinite leave to remain in December 2017/January 2018, which was my plan as it would be five years since I've lived here?
 

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You can extend your visa for up to 6 years in total if you are still working in the same job for the same employer. The fact you started late doesn't matter. You need to get new certificate of sponsorship setting out skills level and your pay and you enter the serial number on the form. I can't see renewal of leave affecting your ILR. You are exempt from health surcharge as Tier 2 (General) visa holder but still need to get the reference number to quote on your application form from https://www.immigration-health-surcharge.service.gov.uk/payment/start.
Read https://www.gov.uk/government/uploa..._data/file/421842/Tier_2_Guidance_04_2015.pdf Page 20ff.
 
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