If you are looking to move from the US to work in the UK, there are several options. The best Work Visa option for you will depend on your circumstances – like your skills and the type of role you want to fill.
If you are highly-skilled or exceptionally talented in a certain area, you may be eligible for a Tier 1 General Visa.
As a skilled, permanent worker, you can apply for a Tier 2 Work Visa. Alternatively, if you are a skilled, temporary worker, you can apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Work Visa. Entering the country on Tier 2 or Tier 5 will require work visa sponsorship from your employer.
How can IAS help you work in the UK?
Our immigration lawyers are experienced in advising on and assisting with a variety of Work Visa applications. As part of our service, your immigration lawyer will work one-to-one with you to assess your best options and advise you accordingly. If you choose to proceed with a Work Permit application, they will guide you through each step of the application process. They will compile your supporting evidence into an easily navigable application portfolio.
They will also write a detailed Letter of Representation to accompany your application forms. These additions will increase the quality of your Work Visa application and boost your chances of success. Contact us now on +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online to arrange a meeting with one of our lawyers.
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Anyone from outside the EEA (European Economic Area) or Switzerland needs a Work Visa before they can take on work in the UK.
If you are from within the EEA you will not need to obtain a visa to work the UK, although this may change after Brexit.
You may be able to receive the UK right to work without a job offer, if you are exceptionally talented and if you are officially endorsed. This type of working visa is called a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.
To be eligible for this work visa, you need to be highly-skilled or talented. Your particular skillset also needs to be in high demand in your particular field or area. These areas include science, humanities, engineering medicine, digital technology or the arts. To apply, you need to be endorsed as a recognized or emerging leader by an official institution or body.
A Tier 2 Work Visa allows you the UK right to work in a permanent (more than 12 months) skilled role, provided you have a job offer from an employer. This employer must be eligible to legally employ workers through work visa sponsorship. This means that they have a Sponsor Licence allowing them to hire from overseas.
This visa allows you to take on any skilled role, provided it cannot be filled by residential (UK & EU) talent. It is divided into four sub-categories:
- Tier 2 General Visas
- Tier 2 Sportsperson Visas
- Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visas
- Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer Visas
Read more about Tier 2 Visas.
To be eligible for a Tier 5 Work Visa, you must intend to work in the UK for a temporary period (12 months or less) in a skilled role.
The roles you can work in using a Tier 5 Temporary Visa are as follows:
- Charity Worker
- Diplomatic Staff Member (including diplomat households)
Read more about Tier 5 Visas.