The IAS Visa Wizard is the easy way to find the correct visa for you
If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national and you are interested in working in the UK, there are a range of different UK visa options which will allow you to do this.
Or, if you are seeking temporary work in sectors such as the arts, charity and sports, you can enter and work in the UK using a Tier 5 Work Visa.
At IAS, we have a whole team of immigration lawyers who can help you towards your goal of working in the UK. An expert immigration adviser can work one-on-one with you to assess your options and eligibility. We will guide you through your entire Work Visa application process. If it is applicable, this will include checking your UK Sponsor’s status, arranging and obtaining your Certificate of Sponsorship from them. One of our lawyers will also devise a Letter of Recommendation for your case to be sent with your application. Contact us now to speak with an immigration lawyer about your UK work options.
For more information on the different visa options for working in the UK, see below.
To be eligible for a Tier 2 Work Visa you must be intending to do work in any profession which requires a qualification or learnt skill-set. With this visa route, you can apply to enter or remain in the UK to work, provided the role you are filling cannot be filled by a UK resident. As a foreign national applying to work within a skilled role in the UK, your intended employer must be an official holder of a UK Sponsor Licence. This means that they are able to legally employ foreign nationals through work visa sponsorship.
There a four sub-branches of this visa category:
You can apply for a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Visa if:
To apply you must score a total of 70 points under the Points-Based System. You must obtain 50 points from a Certificate of Sponsorship and endorsement from your sport’s governing body. The remaining 20 points is from satisfying the English Language ability and for having an appropriate salary.
Alternatively, if your intention is to work as a sportsperson for a period of less than 12 months, you may be eligible under the Tier 5 (Temporary workers – creative and sporting) Visa category.
If you have been offered employment in the UK as a Minister of Religion, Religious Worker, a Missionary or a member of a religious order you may be eligible to apply for a Tier 2 (Religious Worker) Visa.
To apply you must score a total of 70 points on the points-based system. You must obtain 50 points for a certificate of sponsorship, and the remaining 20 points is from satisfying the English language ability and for having an appropriate salary.
If you are an established UK corporation or employer and you intend to hire employees from outside of the EEA (including Switzerland), you must ensure that you obtain a Sponsorship Licence before you do so.
If you are looking to employ skilled workers on work visa sponsorship from outside the EEA in either a permanent, long-term or temporary role, Tiers 2 & 5 will apply.
You do not need to sponsor a highly skilled migrant worker already coming to the UK under Tier 1.
It is important to note that Tier 3 of the points-based system is currently suspended so you can no longer employ low-skilled migrant workers.
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