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How can I get a work permit in the UK without a job offer?

More often than not, a job offer is required in order to gain access to a UK work permit. However, there are a number of exceptions made for certain UK work visa types.

For more information on how IAS can help you with your visa query, call our friendly team of advisors today on 0333 305 9375.

Work in the UK

In most cases, somebody who wishes to apply for a UK work visa will need a job offer from an eligible Home Office-approved employer before their work permit can be considered to work in the UK. A prime example of this is the skilled worker visa. To hold a skilled worker visa you must have an offer of employment prior to applying.

There are, however, a number of exceptions when a direct job offer from an employer is not required to gain access to a work visa to work in the UK. If you are applying for a graduate visa, a global talent visa, or a high potential individual visa, no job offer is needed to be successful in your application- but you must still meet the rest of the criteria specific to the visa you are applying for, for example, the minimum salary.

If you are unsure of what UK visa you need, or, what is required of you to submit a valid application, you can talk to our friendly team of advisors about how Immigration Advice Service can help you. Call us today on  0333 305 9375 for further assistance.

Visa routes that require a job offer

For a great proportion of UK work visa routes, the applicant is required to have a job offer in place before their visa can be considered by the Home Office to work in the UK. For example, if you are applying for a skilled worker visa, you must have a job offer from an approved employer- it is also usually necessary for skilled workers to obtain a certificate of sponsorship from the eligible organisation. The person sponsoring you must be a licensed sponsor.

Similar to a skilled worker visa, those wishing to go down the health and care worker visa route must have an offer for a job in an approved NHS setting, an NHS supplier, or, another role in the adult social care sector. The care worker visa provides an exclusive route to entry for medical professionals.

For those looking to enter the UK for work on a more temporary basis, either on a temporary worker visa or a seasonal worker visa, a valid certificate of sponsorship and employment offer must be in place before you apply to enter the UK. An example of a seasonal worker job could be farm work or picking.

Visa routes that do not require a job offer

If you aren’t a skilled worker but you still intend to come and work in the UK, there are visa routes that allow certain categories of people to do so. Unlike the skilled worker visa route, the following visa categories allow overseas citizens to apply without an employment offer:

  • Graduate visa
  • High Potential Individual visa
  • Global talent visas
  • Elite sportspeople- sportsperson visa

Although no employment has to be in place for any of the above UK work visa routes, you must still ensure you meet the specific requirements for each route, such as; minimum salary requirements, supporting documents, and healthcare surcharge. Each set of eligibility requirements will vary between the UK work visa type. You can also find out more about salary requirements via the UK government website.

Do you need help applying for a Skilled Worker Visa? Our lawyers can assist you.

How to apply for a UK work visa

You can apply online for most work visa types. During the application process, you must have all of your required documents readily available, along with the means to pay the specified application fee.

The fee of the visa application will vary depending on which one you are applying for. One thing that will remain a constant for each category is the payment of the healthcare surcharge which is payable for each year you spend working and living in the United Kingdom.

Once your application has been submitted you will be considered to work in the UK on a visa. Each visa will allow the worker to remain in the UK for a certain amount of time, anywhere from 6 months to up to 5 years. Check each visa specification for details on the length of stay.

What does a UK work visa allow you to do?

A UK work visa will allow an individual to work, study and live in the UK for up to 5 years at a time. The visa allows a person free movement within in the country with the opportunity to legally stay in the UK whilst they work.

After five years of staying in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain, however, this is subject to the eligibility requirements.

Some visa types will also allow you to work a second job, provided that the job you are working currently is under 20 hours per week. If you still wish to work a second job not mentioned in your job description, then it may be necessary to update your visa.

How can IAS help?

Applying for a UK visa can seem like a daunting process; from ensuring you have all of the required evidence to deciphering the type of visa you need to apply for. Immigration Advice Service are here to make the process as stress-free as possible, with outstanding support from experienced immigration lawyers. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience with all aspects of UK visas.

For more information on how IAS can help you with your work visa query, call our friendly team of advisors today on  0333 305 9375.

We can help you if you need help with your Skilled Worker Visa application.

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