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A Tier 2 (General) migrant can undertake supplementary employment provided it complies with the requirements outlined in the Tier 2 Policy Guidance (the Guidance), which mirror the conditions of leave found at Immigration Rules, Part 6A, paras 245HC(d) and 245HE(d), as supplemented by the definition in Immigration Rules, Introduction, para 6 ‘supplementary employment’. Setting up a company in itself is not stated in the Rules/guidance to be incompatible with these requirements, and as such, this form of supplementary employment (providing the other requirements are met) should not contravene the conditions of a Tier 2 visa. This is in contrast to Tier 4 visas, for example, which strictly prohibit starting a business or engaging in self-employment.
Note also that the definition of ‘employment’ in the Immigration Rules, Introduction, para 6 is: ‘unless the contrary intention appears, includes paid and unpaid employment, paid and unpaid work placements undertaken as part of a course or period of stu
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