You may need a Work Visa in order to be able to stay and work in the UK. Also called Work Permit, the term encompasses different visas which would allow you to obtain the right to reside and work in the UK.
Which visa is right for you will depend on your circumstances. If several routes are available to you then you may choose one.
How to check if you need a UK visa
The Home Office has a tool you can use so you can check whether you will need a visa to come and stay in the UK. You can find it here.
EU citizens are longer able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme as of 30 June 2021. If you were not able to obtain a pre-settled or settled status before the deadline, you will need to check whether you need a visa to come and reside in the UK.
You may be eligible for a Skilled Worker Visa if you have been offered a qualifying job in the UK, your employer has a valid Sponsor Licence and you meet all the other requirements. This will allow you to stay in the UK for a maximum of 5 years and 14 days.
If you are coming to the UK to work for 12 months or less, you may need to apply for a Temporary Worker Visa. You will need to be sponsored by your employer and meet all the eligibility criteria. This visa will allow you to stay in the UK for the duration of your job as well as taking a second job for up to 20 hours and study.
If you work for a multinational company and need to transfer to the UK, you can apply for an Intra-Company Visa. This visa is usually a route chosen by those who are coming to the UK to either complete training or who are filling vacancies that cannot be filled by British, Irish or settled workers.
Global Talent Visa
If you are either a recognised or emerging leader in the field of science, engineering, humanities or arts, you may apply for a Global Talent Visa (formerly called Exceptional Talent/Promise Visa). Alongside other key requirements, you will need to showcase achievements and how you can continue contributing to your field in the UK.
Available since 1 July 2021, the new Graduate Visa (also known as Post-Study Work Visa) offers an attractive route to students who have recently graduated, and will encourage them to come and work in the UK. This visa is open to all international graduates.
Minister of Religion
If you are coming to the UK to fill a position or job within any faith community, a Minister of Religion Visa may be applicable to you. You will need to meet all the requirements for this visa.
Those coming to the UK to take part in sporting activities or join a team or association may be able to apply for a Sportsperson Visa or other visas in the points-based system. You will need to meet the eligibility criteria as well as being endorsed by a relevant body.
Youth Mobility Visa
The Youth Mobility Scheme Visa is open to those aged 18 to 30 and will allow you to stay in the UK for up to 2 years. It allows applicants to come to the UK to study, work or set up a company (within certain conditions). You will need to meet all eligibility requirements for this visa.
Need help with your application?
If you are not sure which visa applies to you or need support for your application, get in touch with our expert team. We have experience in helping clients successfully obtain UK visas and can help you navigate the complexities of UK immigration laws. You can send us an email, give us a call on 0203 637 8633 or book a consultation to get your case started.