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UK Work Visas
There are several UK work visas. Each of these UK work visas has complex rules and specific evidentiary requirements in relation to initial, switching, extension and permanent residence applications.
UK work visas can be divided into the following categories:
Tier 2 Visas (Skilled Workers with Long-Term Job Offers)
There are four categories within the Tier 2 system:
General – for skilled workers with a valid job offer from a UK employer who holds a Sponsor License and who has obtained a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). All posts to be filled by a Tier 2 (General) Migrant must satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test.
Intra-Company Transfers – this route enables multinational employers to transfer their existing employees outside the European Union to their UK branch.
Minister of Religion – for ministers of religion undertaking long-term preaching or pastoral work, missionaries or members of religious orders.
Sportsperson – this category is for sportspeople who are internationally established at the highest level and will make a significant contribution to their sport at the highest level in the UK. A sportsperson must be endorsed by the relevant UK governing body specified in the Immigration Rules.
Tier 5 Visas
This is a two-part Tier. Applicants under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility scheme do not require a valid job offer from a UK employer. Applicants under the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) route require a valid job offer.
Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme
Tier 5 (Temporary Workers)
Citizens of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Taiwan and South Korea and certain classes of British citizens aged 18 to 30 can apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa. This visa allows you to work in the UK for up to two years. A job offer is not required.
This route is for certain types of temporary worker whose entry helps to satisfy cultural, religious or international objectives. The main sub-categories include:
Charity Worker– for applicants who intend to perform unpaid voluntary work for a charity for a period up to 12 months.
Creative– creative workers such as actors, dancers, musicians or film producers who plan to remain in the UK for up to 24 months may use this category.
Government Authorised Exchange– where you wish to come to the UK for a short period of time for work experience, training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research or fellowship through an approved government authorised exchange scheme.
International Agreement – where you will be contracted to do work covered by international law whilst in the UK, e.g. working for a foreign government or as a private servant in a diplomatic household.
Religious Worker – for applicant’s who intend to carry out religious or pastoral duties for up to 24 months.
Sporting – this category is for sportspeople or coaches who plan to stay in the UK for up to 12 months, are recognised as being at the highest level in their sport and have been endorsed by the relevant UK sports governing body.
You can apply for a UK Ancestry visa if you are a Commonwealth citizen and are able to prove that one of your grandparents was born in the UK. Successful applicants must demonstrate that they are able and planning to work in the UK as well as meet other eligibility requirements in relation to maintenance and accommodation. The Ancestry Visa is highly sought after as successful applicants will be granted a five-year UK work visa leading to permanent residence.
Short-Term Work Visa – Permitted Paid Engagement visa
You can apply for this visa if you are invited by a UK-based organisation or client and want to come to the UK to do specific paid work without having to be sponsored under the points-based visa system. You will need a formal invitation from a UK-based organisation or authority and proof that the paid engagement relates to your expertise, qualifications and main job in your home country.
The laws and procedures relating to UK Work Visas is now among the most complex and challenging in the world.
The best way to start your immigration process is to book an initial consultation meeting with our experienced team and let us be your guide through the process.