Long-term and short-term UK work visas

Long-term and short-term UK work visas

The type of Work Visa to the UK is to be chosen depending on the employer, proposed work and other circumstances.

Long-term UK work visas

Skilled Worker visa (ex. Tier 2 General visa) can be applied for if the applicant has been offered a skilled job in the UK. The UK sponsor (employer based in the UK) must be a licensed sponsor. The UK sponsor will provide a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS letter). The CoS letter should be used in Skilled Worker visa application.

The Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) contains all the essential information about future work:

  • Date CoS assigned and an expiry date
  • Applicants personal data
  • Proposed work dates
  • Weekly hours of work
  • Main work address
  • Job title
  • Job type
  • Summary of job description
  • Gross salary and bonuses
  • Employer indication of maintenance for the applicant
  • Employer indication of whether the job is on the shortage occupation list

Our specialists will use the CoS letter information to fill in the application form. So, it is vital to get a standard assigned Certificate of Sponsorship from the employer to fill in the forms correctly and be provided with the correct list of documents.

Salary requirements

You’ll usually need to be paid at least £25,600 per year (or less in some cases) depends on your age, degree etc.

The applicant must prove his/her knowledge of English by passing an approved English Language test with at least CEFR level B1. The applicant does not have to show his/her knowledge of English if he/she is from an English-speaking country.

The applicant must provide a criminal record certificate.

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.

To qualify for a Health and Care Worker visa you must:

  • be a qualified doctor, nurse, health professional or adult social care professional
  • work in an eligible health or social care job
  • work for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office
  • have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK
  • be paid a minimum salary - how much depends on the type of work you do

Salary requirements

You’ll usually need to be paid at least £25,600 per year (or less in some cases) depends on your age, degree etc.

The applicant must prove his/her knowledge of English by passing an approved English Language test with at least CEFR level B1. The applicant does not have to show his/her knowledge of English if he/she is from an English-speaking country.

The applicant must provide a criminal record certificate except some jobs.

You can apply for a Intra-Company visa if your overseas employer has offered you a role in a UK branch of the organisation. The UK sponsor (UK branch) will provide a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS letter). The CoS letter should be used in Intra-company visa application. The Certificate of Sponsorship contains all the important information about future work. Our specialists will use the CoS letter information for filling in the application form. So, it’s very important to get a standard assigned Certificate of Sponsorship from your employer so we can fill in the forms correctly and provide you with the correct list of documents.

There are 2 types of Intra-company visa:

  • 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.

  • 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.

The applicant must show that he/she has worked for his/her employer outside the UK.

You can apply for a Sportsperson visa if all the following conditions apply:

  • You are an elite sportsperson or qualified coach who is recognised by your sports’ governing body as being at the highest level of your profession internationally
  • Your sport’s governing body is endorsing your application
  • Your employment intends to develop your sport in the UK at the highest level

Your sponsor is the governing body endorsing your application. They will assign a certificate of sponsorship to prove they are sponsoring you.

The applicant must prove his/her knowledge of English by passing an approved English language test with at least CEFR level A1. The applicant does not have to show his/her knowledge of English if he/she is from one of English-speaking countries.

You can apply for a Minister of Religion visa (T2) if you have been offered a job within a faith community (for example as a minister of religion, missionary, or member of a religious order) in the UK. Your UK sponsor (employer based in the UK) must be a licensed sponsor. The UK sponsor will provide you with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS letter). The CoS letter should be used in Minister of Religion visa application.

The applicant must prove his/her knowledge of English by passing an approved English Language test with at least CEFR level B2. The applicant does not have to show his/her knowledge of English if he/she is from an English speaking countries.

You can apply for an Innovator visa if:

  • you want to set up and run an innovative business in the UK - it must be something that’s different from anything else on the market
  • your business or business idea has been endorsed by an approved body, also known as an endorsing body
  • must have at least £50,000 in investment funds to apply for an Innovator visa if you want to set up a new business.

The applicant must prove his/her knowledge of English by passing an approved English Language test with at least CEFR level B2. The applicant does not have to show his/her knowledge of English if he/she is from an English-speaking country.

You can apply for a Start-up visa if you want to set up an innovative business in the UK - it must be something that’s different from anything else on the market.

You must be endorsed by an authorised body that is either:

  • a UK higher education institution
  • a business organisation with a history of supporting UK entrepreneurs

The applicant must prove his/her knowledge of English by passing an approved English Language test with at least CEFR level B2. The applicant does not have to show his/her knowledge of English if he/she is from an English-speaking country.

You can apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa if you want to invest £2,000,000 or more in the UK.

When you apply you’ll need to provide a criminal record certificate from any country you have stayed in for a total of 12 months or more over the last 10 years.

Short-term UK work visas

You can apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa if you are invited to the UK as an expert in your profession. The UK sponsor (employer) should not be licensed under the points-based visa system.

The applicant will be able to stay in the UK for up to 1 month.

The applicant must prove he/she is an expert in his/her profession, they must have a formal invitation from the UK-based organisation or authority and must show they can support themselves during the trip.

Usually, artists apply for Permitted Paid Engagement Visa. They must provide extra documents such as:

  • publications
  • publicity material
  • proof of awards
  • media coverage and reviews
  • proof of recent performances

You can apply for Tier 5 Visa if you want to go to the UK for a short time for work experience, training or unpaid voluntary work for a charity.

Types of Tier 5 visas you can apply for:

  • Seasonal Worker visa (T5)
  • Youth Mobility Scheme visa (T5)
  • Charity Worker visa (T5)
  • Creative and Sporting visa (T5)
  • Government Authorised Exchange visa (T5)
  • International Agreement Worker visa (T5)

You must have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor before you can apply to go to the UK to work.

Maintenance requirements

If the UK sponsor (employer) does not provide the applicant with maintenance, he/she must have personal savings – £1270 in the bank account. The applicant will need to have had the money available for at least 28 days in a row. Day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for this visa. This applies to all types of UK work visas except Permitted Paid Engagement visa and Investor visa (Tier1).

Stay in the UK with your family

Your partner and children can apply to join you or to stay in the UK as your dependants. Your partner will be allowed to work.

If your documents are not in English, you will need to send a certified translation.

Long-term and short-term UK work visas - our services fee on 31.07.2021

Visa type The Embassy fee Our services fee
Permitted Paid Engagements visa (1 month) $136 $355
Skilled Worker visa (Same as the contract duration ) $254-1749 $1700
Tier 5 visa (up to 2 years) $271-350 from $780

Healthcare surcharge

You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge for each year of your stay - this is usually £624 per year.

Tuberculosis test

You may need to have a tuberculosis (TB) test if you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months.

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