If you live outside of Europe you are most likely aware that in order to the UK to work, you will need a UK work visa. The type of visa you obtain is directly related to the length of time you can stay, and the type of work that you will be allowed to do.
However there a multitude of different working visa options available in the UK and understanding the type of visa you can obtain will have an impact on your goals in the UK.
In this article I will briefly go through the various types of UK work visas available so that you have a better idea what the options are before you apply.
NOTE: The following visas are recommendations for individuals wanting to come to the UK under paid employment by a UK registered company. For information on business start up’s, Entrepreneur related tier 1 visas, and a more detailed list visit: www.gov.uk
Tier 2 General Visa
For this visa you need to have already passed the recruitment process and have an official offer from the employer.
The employer must have a tier 2 sponsor licence and offer you a certificate of sponsorship. Here you can see the official list of tier 2 licenced sponsors
Under this visa you are able to stay and work in the UK for up to 5 years.
The salary of the position offered must be at least £20,800 before tax and be fulltime
You need to show that you have has at least £945 in your account for 90 days ending no more than 31 days before you apply.
Tier 5 Visa - Government Authorised Exchanged Visa Scheme (GAE)
Like the tier 2 visa you need to have already passed the recruitment process and have an official offer from the employer.
You are able to stay in the UK for 12 months and increase it to 24 depending on the employer and the type of scheme you are part of.
However, unlike the tier 2 visa the employer does not need to be a licenced sponsor and does not need to provide you with a certificate. The employer must be a UK registered company.
Although the employer does not need to provide a certificate of sponsorship, you will need one from a UK overarching sponsor.
The position must fall in line with the current national minimum wage and be fulltime
Also, you need to show that you have at least £945 in your account 90 days before applying.
You can find out more about the Tier 5 GAE Visa Here
Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa
You can apply for this visa if you are aged between 18 – 30 and are a citizen of the following countries:
Republic of Korea
Unlike the Tier 2 and Tier 5 GAE visa, the sponsor for this particular route is your government and you need to have a certificate of sponsorship before you apply.
Under this visa you are able to stay in the UK for up to 2 years.
Under this visa you need to prove that you have up to £1890 in savings.
These are the 3 viable roots if you are applying from outside of the UK. As the type of visa is directly linked to the type of work you can do and the length of time you can stay it is important that you think carefully when choosing.
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