UK is among the best popular locations for people to live and work. In order to work in UK, you need to attain a valid UK work visa. UK work permit scheme encouraged skilled workers in UK until November 2008, when it was replaced by point based immigration system. A valid job offer from employer is a must in order to have work permit in UK. The application for work permit is made by the sponsoring employer.
Following are different work visas as per different category-
Tier 1 visas – This visa is basically for Entrepreneurs, Investors and Talented leaders of a certain field.
Tier 2 visas – This visa is for sponsored workers like general workers, Intra-company transferred employees, sportspersons etc.
Tier 5 visas – temporary work visas for sponsored workers are for charity workers, religious workers, government authorized exchange, Youth mobility schemes and International agreement.
Other valid visas are for these categories-
Visas for Domestic Workers in a Private Household – for cleaners, chauffeurs, cooks, personal care providers etc.
Visas for Representatives of an Overseas Business – for head of a UK business branch or a foreign journalist on a long-term posting.
Visa for Turkish Entrepreneurs.
Visa for Turkish Workers.
Visa for citizens having UK Ancestry - Commonwealth citizens with UK born ancestors.
Visa for citizens having Croatian national registration certificates.
Work visa eligibility –
Duration of a work visa can be from 1 month to 60 months; In case of moving to another company you need to apply for another work visa.
Work permit is dependent on the employer, the time length of this visa is dependent on the sponsor company.
Work permit must meet the criteria of National Vocational Qualification.
For certain professions there must be registration with the governing body of those professions – for example doctors must be General Medical Council (GMC).
A Degree or Higher National Diploma level qualification is necessary in order to obtain a work visa in UK.
Work visa fees can range from £175 to £1800.
Some additional information on work visas-
For shortage occupations like jobs in engineering, healthcare and other professions, there is no need to the employer to meet the advertising criteria’s set by work permit UK.
Spouse / Civil partner of a work permit holder is eligible to work in the UK, without any restriction. Dependent spouse / civil partner can also work as self-employed.