Types of Work Permit Visa

If you’re considering working in the UK, finding out about the different types of work permit visa helps you understand your options. For consultants in fields such as telecommunications, oil and gas, software development, business analysis, testing and IT project managements, the Tier 2 UK work permit visa is the most commonly used. In some circumstances there will also be additional options available to you.

Tier 1

What is a Tier 1 UK Work Permit Visa?

The Tier 1 UK work permit visa is for workers of “exceptional talent.” This means you need international recognition in a scientific or cultural field, or at least to be on track for receiving such recognition in the future to enter the country on one.

What is a Tier 2 UK Work Permit Visa?

If you’re looking to do some work in the UK, the Tier 2 UK work permit visa is the most accessible option. It largely depends on receiving sponsorship from a prospective employer for the duration of your employment. 

Could I Use a Tier 4 UK Work Permit Visa?

It is possible to use a Tier 4 UK work permit visa to work as a contractor, but it only permits you to work for 20 hours per week. The Tier 4 visa is designed for students, so you receive sponsorship from the university you are planning on attending. The main issue is that most employers won’t take on part-time contractors.

Are There Any Other Options for Working in the UK?

There are a few other options available, but they aren’t possible for most people. For example if you have a grandparent who was born in the UK, you can work in the country for five years. If you’ve lived with a UK citizen for two years in a relationship akin to marriage you can get a "de facto" visa for 5 years. The Tier 5 UK work permit visa is for temporary entry, so it allows you up to two years working in the country.

How Can We Help You with Working in the UK?

We work with numerous UK consultancies who can be your sponsors for a Tier 2 UK work permit visa. This means you can consult to various clients but enjoy the benefits of being a permanent employee. We work with these consultancies to give you up-to-date, accurate information. Get in touch with us if you’re interested in working in the UK! We give great advice and don’t charge for our service. You’re under no obligations; we’re just here to help you. 

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