Looking to work and remain permanently in the U.K.? If yes, then you need a company to offer you a job and perhaps sponsor your work visa. But first, you need to know the types of work sponsorship visas in the United Kingdom.
Types of work sponsorship visas in the United Kingdom
There are different variations of work visas you could apply for, and they are:
Visa for Skilled Workers
The “skilled worker” visa route is the most common work-based visa option for foreign nationals wishing to work and reside in the United Kingdom. Prior to December 1, 2020, it was known as the “Tier 2” visa path. After working and residing in the United Kingdom for at least five years, this visa option can lead to settlement (permanent residence).
What documents are required to apply for a worker’s visa?
You must have been offered a position with an organization or corporation that has been authorized by the Home Office to serve as a visa sponsor for immigration purposes in order to apply for a skilled worker visa.
Your work type and function must have a skill level of RQ3 or above and be on the list of approved jobs maintained by the government. This is a comprehensive list featuring many different sorts of employment, although it does not include all vocations.
Your sponsor must also pay you a minimum wage based on the sort of job you will conduct for them and provide you with a Certificate of Sponsorship detailing your new employment.
Except for applicants on the International Sportsperson route, your company will be charged £199 per person to submit a Certificate of Sponsorship.
This is the cost of the Certificate of Sponsorship alone; it does not include the price of the sponsor’s license, visa application fees, or Immigration Health Surcharge payments.
You must also have enough money to maintain yourself without relying on the welfare system while in the UK, which is normally at least £1,270 unless you are exempt.
Temporary Work Permit
The Temporary Work Visa Path includes several distinct visa options for those who want to work and live in the United Kingdom temporarily. This is not a path to permanent residency in the United Kingdom.
What are the Different Visa Types for Temporary Work?
To apply for a temporary work visa, you must first identify which of the following methods is best for your particular situation:
- Temporary Work – Charity Worker Visa
- Temporary Work – Creative Worker Visa
- Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange Visa
- Temporary Work – International Agreement Visa
- Temporary Work – Religious Worker Visa
- Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker Visa
Temporary Work (Charity Worker Visa): This visa is for people who desire to conduct unpaid volunteer work for a registered charity in the UK for a limited period of time.
Temporary Work (Creative Worker Visa): This visa is for those who want to work as an actor, dancer, musician or film crew member in the UK for a short period of time.
Temporary Employment (Government-Authorized Exchange Visa) – This visa is intended for those seeking short-term job experience, training, participation in an Overseas Government Language Programme, research, or a fellowship in the United Kingdom.
Temporary Work (International Agreement Visa): This visa is for those who have been contracted to work on a short-term basis in a capacity controlled by international law, such as working for a foreign government or as a private servant in a diplomat’s home in the United Kingdom.
Temporary Work (Religious Worker Visa): This visa is for those who desire to work in a religious organization or in a non-pastoral vocation in the United Kingdom for a short period of time.
Temporary Work (Seasonal Worker Visa): This visa is for those who work in industries such as edible horticulture, hog butchery, poultry work, or drive heavy goods vehicles for food delivery in the United Kingdom on a temporary basis.
All routes under the Temporary Work Visa program need sponsorship by an organization or corporation that is on the list of licensed sponsors.
Who is Eligible for a temporary work visa?
To be eligible for a temporary work visa, you must have been given a position with an organization or corporation that the Home Office has recognized to serve as a visa sponsor for immigration reasons.
Your sponsor must provide you with a Certificate of Sponsorship that includes details about your new employment.
A Certificate of Sponsorship will cost your business £21 per individual. This is the cost of the Certificate of Sponsorship alone; it does not include the price of the sponsor’s license, visa application fees, or Immigration Health Surcharge payments.
You must also have enough money to maintain yourself while you are excluded from the welfare system.
Visa for Global Business Mobility
The Global Business Mobility visa is a sponsored multi-category route. It is divided into five categories:
- Senior or Specialist Worker route
- Graduate Trainee route
- UK Expansion Worker route
- Service Supplier route
- Secondment Worker route
Each category is aimed at a different sort of worker and has distinct qualifying conditions that must be completed in order to submit an application.