What are the Different UK Work Visas?
If you are looking to work in the UK as a non-EEA national, you will need to apply for a UK work visa. There are two types of work visas: Tier 2 work visas for long-term positions and the Tier 5 work visa for those who wish to work on a short-term basis in the UK.
To work in the UK, you must have been offered a position in a UK company before you travel to the country. In other words, you cannot apply for UK work visa if you haven’t been offered a job by a UK employer.
Also, your prospective employer must provide you with your unique certificate of sponsorship reference number, which you will need to include in your work visa application.
There are different visas within the Tier 2 category, and they are as follows:
- Tier 2 (General): This is the standard Tier 2 work visa category
- Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer Visa: This is for those who have been offered a position in the UK branch of a multi-national company
- Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa: This is for professional sportspersons
- Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa: For those who have been offered a position in a faith community in the UK
Usually, the Tier 5 Temporary Work Visa lasts for up to one year. In most cases, you will be able to extend the visa if you wish to carry on working in the UK. You can stay in the UK for up to five years and 14 days under a Tier 2 visa. After this time period, you will be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain status.
Do Immigration Solicitors in Cheam Help with UK Work Visa Applications?
Here at the Immigration Advice Service we offer a wide range of services. This includes full assistance with immigration applications of every kind.
If you are looking to apply for either a Tier 2 or Tier 5 work visa, our specialist application package is the ideal option. With this service, one of our immigration experts will work with you to formulate your work visa application to the very highest standard.
We will pair you with an immigration caseworker who is well versed in work visa applications. They will discuss your case with you and establish which documents you will need to include in your portfolio of evidence. They will also complete your work visa application form, ensuring it adheres to all necessary administrative standards.
Once your portfolio of evidence has been submitted, your immigration caseworker will keep you informed of the application’s progress throughout the processing stage.
Our Cheam immigration lawyers have dealt with countless work visas and know what it takes for an application to be successful. Through enlisting our services, you will maximise your chances of receiving the outcome you are looking for.
If your visa application is time sensitive, our fast-track application package could be just what you need. With our fast-track application, one of our immigration caseworkers will work tirelessly to complete your application as quickly as possible. This is the premium version of our standard application package.
For more information about our application packages and all the other services we offer, please call us now on 0333 305 9375.
Do your Immigration Lawyers in Cheam Help with British Citizenship Applications?
If you wish to become a British citizen, the Immigration Advice Service can provide full support and assistance.
If you have spent 6 years lawfully living in the UK, including one year under Indefinite Leave to Remain status, you will usually be eligible for British citizenship, provided you have lived in accordance with all the conditions of your visa.
The standard requirements for British citizenship by naturalisation are as follows:
- Must be aged 18 or over
- Must have held Indefinite Leave to Remain for at least 12 months
- Must not have spent more than 90 days outside of the UK in a 12-month period and no more than 450 days in total during your UK residency
- Must have been a continuous resident for at least six years
- Must be of good character
- Must be able to prove that you speak English to at least a B1 level if you are from a non-English-speaking country
- Achieved a pass in the Life in the UK test
If your citizenship application is accepted, you will be able to apply for a British passport and enjoy the full benefits of British citizenship.
For more information, please call us now on 0333 305 9375.
I Want to Apply for a UK Visa. Do I Need to Hire an Immigration Solicitor in Cheam?
It is not an absolute requirement to hire an immigration solicitor if you want to apply for a UK visa. However, we highly recommend that you enlist the services of an experienced immigration law firm to maximise your chances of a successful application.
Our highly experienced immigration lawyers can offer full support throughout the application process.
To find out how we can help you, please call us now on 0333 305 9375.
Can I Hire Your Services Remotely?
Yes, if you cannot meet us at one of our offices in the UK, we are more than happy to offer you our services remotely.
We can speak with you over the phone or online on Skype. Wherever you are located in the world, the IAS is here to help you will all your immigration queries.
How Long Does it Take to Process a Visa Application?
There is no definitive timeframe for the processing of UK visa applications. Each individual visa application is entirely unique which makes it impossible to give an exact timeframe.
Still, the Home Office states that all UK immigration applications will be processed within eight weeks of the date they are received.
If your application is time sensitive, you could opt for the priority or super priority service. With the priority service, your application will be completed within five working days at an additional cost of £500. If you opt for the super priority service, your application will be completed within one working day at an additional cost of £800.