Due to the wide range of professional opportunities in the UK, it is an attractive prospect for thousands of people looking to work or set up a business each year. However, to work in the UK you must be granted a work permit, also known as a work visa.
The type of work visa you apply for is determined by a number of factors including: level of skill, length of stay and whether you will be an employee or setting up your own business. The types of business visa include:
- Tier 2 (General) – for skilled workers with a job offer
- Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) – for people who have been transferred or seconded to the UK by their company
- Tier 2 (Sportsperson) – for internationally established elite level sportspersons or coaches with a job offer in the UK
- Tier 2 (Ministers of Religion) – for Ministers of Religion coming to the UK to perform pastoral duties
- Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – for people who want to set up a business in the UK
- Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – for people who have been endorsed in their field of science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology or the arts
UK immigration law is extremely complex and constantly changes. Some people try to complete the work visa application themselves, using general advice online. However, getting the right legal advice from a solicitor who really understands the law is essential to make sure your application is successful, first time.
Employers must be a licensed sponsor in order to employ workers under Tier 2. To get a sponsor licence, you must apply to the Home Office, supplying specified documents to prove that you are suitable and eligible. UKVI will consider an application to join the sponsor register by assessing whether you meet the relevant requirements. Employers also have varying yet strict responsibilities depending on the type of visas employees apply for. It is extremely important for employers to understand their responsibilities to avoid potential penalties.
Our team of expert immigration lawyers can give you advice that is unique to you and your circumstances. They will advise you on all the documentation you need to provide for your application and help you prepare your application so that it meets all the eligibility criteria. Our team can assist both employers and employees.