USA and the UK
In order to enter and work in the UK, you will need a UK Work Permit or visa. How difficult the application process for a UK Working Visa will depend on your personal circumstances.
To apply for a Work Permit UK, you will need to hold a formal job offer from a company with a valid sponsorship license. There is also an opportunity to enter the country on so-called ‘shortage occupations’. This can make your application easier and cost less in Home Office fees. There are several categories of Work Permits in the UK on offer for non-EEA citizens. The type of UK Work Visa you require will depend on your career, the amount of time you expect to spend in the UK, and demand for your chosen position.
How can IAS help?
If you are unsure of what type of UK Work Visa you will need, IAS can help. Our dedicated lawyers will work with you to identify the best route for you and guide you through the application process personally. Our services also include a Letter of Representation. This detailed legal document includes information on your case and relevant UK immigration laws to support it. They will also engage with your UK sponsor and ensure you receive your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). Get in touch with our team on +1844 290 6312 or inquire online to begin your consultation on your Working Visa UK application.
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A Working Visa is usually needed for workers who are coming to the UK. To make your application, you will need an offer from a registered sponsor of UK Work Visa applications.
Alternatively, if you have a skill that has been recognized as being in shortage, you may be able to enter the UK without a job offer. This will be on the assumption that a job in your field will be readily available.
Your eligibility will be assessed according to your:
- Employment history, among other things.
The system of Working Visas in the UK involves a number of different visa types. Selecting the correct category for your application is very important in order to receive a positive result.
Consulting your employer, as well as an immigration specialist is highly recommended. This will ensure you are in the best position before starting your application.
The type of UK Work Permit you will need depends on your personal circumstances and employment prospects.
Tier 1 Visas cover those who are exceptionally talented, entrepreneurs or investors.
Tier 2 Visas are for skilled workers and cover workers employed by a company in the UK, as well as those transferring to a UK branch of a multinational company.
For religious workers or sportspeople, the Tier 2 Visa is also the most likely route.
Sportspeople, ministers, and entertainers can also enter temporarily on the Tier 5 Temporary Work Visa.
You will be required to fit criteria based on whichever visa you apply for to prove your eligibility. UK Working Visas are assessed on a points-based system. You will need to score all the points for your relevant application to ensure your application is considered.
For most Tier 2 UK Work Visas, you will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) once you meet the residency requirement.
The Tier 2 Working Visa UK can be applied to for an initial five years and can be renewed for up to five years as long as your total stay is only six years. Once you have been in the UK for five years, continuously, you can apply for ILR.
This will need to be five consecutive years with fewer days spent outside the UK than the Home Office allows for ILR applications.
Find out more about the Tier 2 to ILR route.
Organizing the correct documents for a Working Visa UK can be very difficult and will contribute heavily to your result. These types of visa are very competitive, with strict expectations imposed by the UK government.
The lawyers at the Immigration Advice Service have a wealth of experience in assisting all types of work visa applications. We can review your evidence and ensure that your application is completed to a high standard. Your lawyer will guide you through the application and advise you at every stage to ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful result.
Our services include:
- Performing a document check to ensure your evidence is sufficient for your Work Permit UK application;
- Completing all application forms and collating your evidence for submission;
- Maintaining contact with the Entry Clearance Office;
- Liaising with your UK sponsor and obtaining your Certificate of Sponsorship if necessary;
- Writing a Letter of Representation. This is a document which details your application and its merits to the Entry Clearance Officer.
Get in touch today on +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online to discuss your UK Working Visa/Work Permit options with our specialist immigration lawyers.