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Employment Visa

An employment visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer.

 

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Skilled Worker visa

A Skilled Worker Visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer.

 

This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) Work Visa.

If you or your family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein

If you or your family member started living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme.

The deadline to apply was 30 June 2021 for most people. You can still apply if either:

 

Eligibility

Your job

To qualify for a Skilled Worker Visa, you must:

Knowledge of English

You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English. You’ll usually need to prove your knowledge of English when you apply.

If you’re not eligible for a Skilled Worker visa

You may be eligible for another type of visa to work in the UK.

How long you can stay

Your visa can last for up to 5 years before you need to extend it. You’ll need to apply to extend or update your visa when it expires or if you change jobs or employer.

 

If you want to stay longer in the UK

You can apply to extend your visa as many times as you like as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements.

After 5 years, you may be able to apply to settle permanently in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’).

 

This gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like, and apply for benefits if you’re eligible.

How to apply

You must apply online.

 

How you apply depends on whether you’re:

If you want to change your job or employer, you must apply to update your visa.

How long it takes

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.

 

As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity and provide your documents.

 

You may need to allow extra time if you need an appointment to do this. You’ll find out if you need one when you start your application.

Getting a decision

Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision on your visa within:

 

If you need to go to an appointment, you may be able to pay for a faster decision. How you do this depends on whether you’re outside the UK or inside the UK.

How much it costs

You, your partner or children will each need to:

 

If you work in public sector healthcare

 

If you’re a doctor or nurse, or you work in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge.

What you can and cannot do

With a Skilled Worker Visa you can:

You cannot:

If your application is successful, you’ll get a full list of what you can and cannot do with a Skilled Worker Visa.

If you would like more information on the Employment Visa, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Health and Care Worker visa

A Health and Care Worker Visa allows medical professionals to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with the NHS, an NHS supplier or in adult social care.

 
If you or your family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein

If you or your family member started living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme.

 

The deadline to apply was 30 June 2021 for most people. You can still apply if either:

Eligibility

Your job

To qualify for a Health and Care Worker Visa, you must:

Knowledge of English

You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English. You’ll usually need to prove your knowledge of English when you apply.

If you’re not eligible for a Health and Care Worker visa

You may be eligible for another type of visa to work in the UK.

How long you can stay

Your visa can last for up to 5 years before you need to extend it. You’ll need to apply to extend or update your visa when it expires or if you change jobs or employer.

 

If you want to stay longer in the UK

You can apply to extend your visa as many times as you like as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements.

 

After 5 years, you may be able to apply to settle permanently in the UK (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’).

This gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like, and apply for benefits if you’re eligible.

How to apply

You must apply online.

 

How you apply depends on whether you’re:

If you want to change your job or employer, you must apply to update your visa.

Types of Intra-Company Visa

Intra-Company Visa

An Intra-Company Visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job at your employer’s UK branch.

 
If you or your family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein

If you or your family member started living in the UK by 31 December 2020, you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme.

 

The deadline to apply was 30 June 2021 for most people. You can still apply if either:

Intra-Company Transfer visa

Apply for this visa if you’re being transferred by your employer to a role in the UK.

 

You’ll need to have worked for your employer overseas for more than 12 months, unless they’re going to pay you £73,900 a year or more to work in the UK.

 

This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Long-term Staff Visa.

 

Intra-Company Graduate Trainee Visa

This visa is for transfers to the UK as part of a graduate training programme for a managerial or specialist role.


You’ll need to have worked for your employer overseas for at least 3 months immediately before the date you apply.


This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Graduate Trainee Visa.

How long you can stay

How long you can stay in the UK with an Intra-company visa depends on which visa you’re applying for and how long your employer is sponsoring you for.

If you’re applying for an Intra-company Transfer visa

You can stay in the UK with an Intra-company Transfer visa for whichever is shorter of:

 

The maximum total stay allowed for an Intra-company Transfer visa is:

 

You can extend your visa or apply for another one up to the maximum total stay. If you have already been in the UK with an Intra-company visa before your application, that time will be included in your total stay.

 

If you’re applying for an Intra-company Graduate Trainee visa

You can stay in the UK with an Intra-company Graduate Trainee visa for whichever is shorter of:

You cannot extend your visa, but you can apply for another Intra-company Graduate Trainee visa from outside the UK. You have to have been working for your sponsor outside the UK for at least 3 months immediately before the date you apply.

 

The maximum total stay allowed for an Intra-company Graduate Trainee visa is 5 years in any 6 year period. If you have already been in the UK with an Intra-company visa before your application, that time will be included in your total stay.

How to apply

You must apply online.

 

How you apply depends on whether you’re:

If you would like more information on the Employment Visa, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

How long it takes

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.

 

As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity and provide your documents.

 

You may need to allow extra time if you need an appointment to do this. You’ll find out if you need one when you start your application.

Getting a decision

Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision on your visa within:

How much it costs

You, your partner or children will each need to:

 

What you can and cannot do

You can:

You cannot:

If your application is successful, you’ll get a full list of what you can and cannot do with an Intra-company visa.