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If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national and you are hoping to take on a permanent, skilled position in the UK, you will need to obtain a Tier 2 Skilled Worker Visa. Before you can be granted this visa, the Home Office needs to make sure that the role cannot be filled by resident talent.
To test this, the job will be advertised to residents of the UK, EEA and Switzerland for a set period. This is known as the Resident Labour Market Test. After this period, if it has not been suitably filled, it can be offered to a national from out of this area. If the role you are looking to fill, however, is on the UK Shortage Occupation list, this means that the job will not need to undergo the Resident Labour Test. The UK Shortage Occupation List is a resource containing all the available jobs which the local market fails to fill on an annual basis. These professions are also referred to as having a ‘skills gap’ in the UK. The jobs on the lists do not need to be advertised before they can be offered to a non-EEA national as they are already registered as being in need of migrant talent.
IAS can help answer any questions you have about the UK Shortage Occupation List. Our highly-qualified immigration lawyers can assess whether your profession qualifies as a UK ‘shortage occupation’. We can also oversee your visa application to work in the UK. One of our lawyers can assess your career options in the UK, liaise with your UK Sponsor and complete your Work Visa application to the highest standard. Get in touch using our online contact form or call 0333 363 8577 to arrange a consultation now.
There are many occupations which are listed on the UK Shortage Occupation List, and it is important to note that the roles which are placed on the list can vary.
They currently include:
A Tier 2 Skilled Workers Visa, also known as a Tier 2 (General) Visa will allow you to apply for jobs on the UK Shortage Occupation List.
With this visa, you can also apply for skilled work on the Shortage Occupation List which you are eligible to do.
Once you receive a job offer from a registered Tier 2 Sponsor, you can then apply for your visa and begin the migration process.
Read more on Tier 2 Work Visas
Getting the right documents to support your eligibility can mean the difference between having your Work Visa application accepted or rejected. There are thousands of cases every year which refused down due to having incorrect or insufficient paperwork.
At IAS we can assist you with all types of UK visa and work permit applications. Our services include:
Contact IAS today to speak with an immigration lawyer who can help you find out if your profession is on the UK Shortage Occupation List and secure you UK Work Visa.
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