Every year, about 190,000 work-related visas are granted to foreign specialists from around the world. This number undoubtedly demonstrates how dynamic and promising the UK labour market is. If you want to come to the UK to work and meet eligibility requirements, you can apply to the following visas
Long Term Work Visas
Global Talent Visa (previously Tier 1 Exceptional talent)
This visa category is for exceptionally talented and promising individuals in the fields of science, engineering, fashion and many other fields. To be successful, the applicant must seek endorsement from one of six endorsing bodies engaged by the Home Office. Endorsing bodies are:
Holders of this visa can stay in the UK for up to 5 years at a time. They can also extend their visa or apply for settlement after 3 or 5 years, depending on their field of work
Skilled Worker Visa (Previously Tier 2 Work general)
Following the introduction of the new immigration system in 2020, this visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. A Skilled Worker visa allows an individual to come to the UK to work and live for 5 years. To qualify, the applicant will need to do an eligible job with an approved employer, have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ and be paid a minimum wage. After 5 years, holders of this visa can extend their visa or apply for settlement, known as indefinite leave to remain.
Intra-Company Visas – ICT (previously Tier 2 ICT)
There are 2 types of Intra-Company visas:
Intra-company Transfer visa.
This route is for workers of multinational companies who are being transferred by their overseas company to do a skilled role for a linked entity in the UK. The minimum wage requirement is £41,500 The workers will need to have worked for their employer overseas for more than 12 months, unless the employer will pay them £73,900 a year or more to work in the UK.
Intra-company Graduate Trainee visa.
This visa is designed for employees taking part in a structured graduate training programme who are being transferred to a role in the UK. The holders of this visa must be paid at least £23,000
The workers will need to meet other eligibility requirements. They should be sponsored, do an eligible job and be existing employees of an approved organisation.
This route does not lead to settlement.
Short-Term Work Visas
Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange (previously Tier 5)
This visa is for individuals who want to come to the UK for a short time for work experience, to do training, an Overseas Government Language Program, research or a fellowship. The applicants must also have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ and have at least £2,530 available in funds to support themselves.
The applicants can stay in the UK for up to 2 years. However, those who are doing work experience can stay only for up to 12 months.
Youth Mobility Scheme Visa
This visa category is designed for individuals under 30 from eligible countries who want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years. Eligible countries are:
The applicants should have £2,530 available to be eligible.
This route does not lead to settlement.CONSULTATION
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We have broad experience working with private clients, advising and representing their rights in legal institutions on various matters, such as: relocating to the UK, family member’s relocation, skilled immigration, obtaining permanent residence, or British citizenship.More information
Student migration constitutes a significant share of immigration to the UK. The number of international students relocating to the UK increased over the decade of the 1990s and 2000s, with a particularly sharp increase in 2009. Student visas issuing decreased from 2010 to 2016.More information
Global Talent visa (which replaced the Exceptional Talent category) allows you to come to the UK and contribute to the economy by either starting up your own project or by working at an existing company.More information
If you want to come to the United Kingdom to work in a skilled role for a sponsoring business, you will need a Skilled Worker Visa. Skilled worker visa replaced Tier 2 (General) work visa. The eligibility criteria have also been relaxed. The minimum salary requirement was lowered from £30,000 to £25,600. However, the applicants must still score a minimum of 70 points in total to apply for Skilled worker visa.More information
This route is for established workers of multinational companies who are being transferred by their overseas company to do a skilled role for a linked entity in the UK.More information
The Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) is a great opportunity for young people from designated countries or territories who wish to live in the UK for up to 2 years. The eligibility requirements are based on nationality, age, and financial capabilities.More information
Our immigration team has achieved a successful decision in the asylum appeal of a Nepalese national and her spouse. According to the Immigration & Asylum Upper Tribunal, they should both be allowed to remain in the UK under the protection of Refugee law.
The appellant fell in love and married in the UK against the wishes of her family in Nepal, causing her to fear severe consequences upon return, including honour violence and persecution on the basis that she is a woman who married outside her caste and nationality.
Our client, a non-EEA national, initially obtained a residence card as the spouse of an EEA national. Our client subsequently divorced from his EEA national spouse and obtained a residence card under the Retained Rights route. The client then applied for permanent residence, which was refused and a subsequent appeal was dismissed by First-Tier Tribunal as the Judge wrongly thought the client needed to be a qualified person, not his EEA national spouse during the time their marriage lasted. Permission to appeal on this basis was granted.
Excellent news; adult dependent relative appeal allowed by the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber)!
Our client, an Indian national, came to the UK with her husband lawfully to visit their son and grandchildren, who are British nationals. Sadly, her husband passed away suddenly while they were in the UK. Our client had a history of dementia with Parkinson’s disease along with anxiety and depression, which made her return to India unachievable.
In the recent case of Topadar v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1525 the Court of Appeal examined two questions:
At what point is an immigration application decided by the Home Office?
Is it procedurally unfair for the Home Office to refuse an application due to the applicant’s sponsor (i.e. their employer) failing to provide additional information (without the applicant ever being made aware of the request)?
The Court of Appeal decided:
Two successful applications for leave to remain under the parental route. Our clients both parents of children in the UK had no status in the UK when they approached Sterling Law.