Work Permit Visa Rules for the UK

Learning about the rules governing UK work permit visas helps you understand what is required of you if you want a permit. Sponsorship is central to the Tier 2 UK work permit visa, and the associated rules are of special importance. There are also important rules about changing employers and the length of time you’re allowed to stay in the country which are relevant to contractors.

UK Work Permit Rules

What is Sponsorship for a UK Work Permit Visa?

A sponsor is essentially an employer who intends to hire you. They take responsibility for your presence in the country, and act as confirmation that you will be able to support yourself during your stay. Most employers will only sponsor you during the period of your project, so it can cause problems for consultants. When you change employer, you have to pay an additional fee and send your permit to be processed again.

Sponsored Work Permits in the UK

How Long Can You Stay on a UK Work Permit Visa?

If you enter the country on a Tier 2 UK work permit visa, you are permitted to work in the country for at least five years. Your initial permit will be for 3 years and it can be extended at least 2 further years.

UK Work Permit Visa Rules

How We Can Help You with Your UK Work Permit Visa

We regularly help oil and gas workers, telecommunications specialists, IT project managers, software developers, business analysts and testers find a consultancy company who'll hire them and sponsor their UK work permit. Our advice is absolutely free, and comes with no obligation. 

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