uk visa
programs

UK VISA
Tier 1 Visa categories

  • For people who have at least £2,000,000 available to invest in active and trading UK registered companies there is the Tier 1 Investor visa.
  • The UK Innovator visa scheme is for people with access to at least £50,000 to invest in the UK to set up a UK business with endorsement from an endorsing body.
  • For people endorsed by a designated body as a leader or emerging leader in the fields of science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology, fashion or the arts there is the Global Talent visa scheme.

UK VISA
Tier 2 Visa for Skilled Workers

The Tier 2 visa allows skilled workers to enter the UK on a long term basis to fill a skilled job vacancy; including in a wide range of skilled occupations including in IT, accountancy, teaching, and healthcare. The occupation needs to be on the Tier 2 occupation list the Codes of Practice for Skilled Workers.

Before they apply, Tier 2 visa applicants must have a job offer and a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid sponsor license.

Tier 2 jobs under the Tier 2 General visa scheme must usually be advertised to workers who are citizens or residents of the European Economic Area (EEA) before they can be offered to non-EEA immigrants, unless the job is on the Tier 2 Shortage Occupations List or it comes under the tier 2 intra-company transfer visa. This is known as the Resident Labour Market Test.

UK VISA

Tier 2 Visa categories

General visa

For workers who have a skilled job offer and a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid Tier 2 sponsorship licence.

The vacancy must be advertised to UK workers before it can be offered to an immigrant, unless it is on the Tier 2 Shortage Occupations List.

Limited to 20,700 places a year for job applicants resident outside the UK.

Intra-Company Transfer visa

For employees of multinational company who are being transferred to the business’s UK branch.

Applicants must have a valid certificate of sponsorship from their employer. There are two sub-categories:

o Long term staff
o Graduate trainee

minister of
religion visa

For workers who’ve been offered a job, such as missionary or minister of religion, within a religious community organisation in the UK.

sportsperson visa

For elite sportspeople and coaches.

The applicant must be recognised or endorsed by their sport’s governing body.

UK VISA

UK Tier 4 Student Visa
and Short Stay Visas

Tier 4 student visas allow people from outside of the European Economic Area to enter the UK as a student, usually either at a school, college, or university. In order to apply for a Tier 4 student visa you will need to have Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) at a UK educational institution that holds a valid Tier 4 sponsorship license.

Tier 4 visa students must spend at least 15 hours a week in study, and the student must be able to meet the cost of the course, maintenance and accommodation without working. These changes to Uk immigration law also mean that Tier 4 visa holders at further education colleges may no longer switch to another UK visa category from inside the UK when their studies finish, such as Tier 2 or Tier 5 work visas. Tier 4 college students who wish to work in the UK after their studies finish must now leave the UK and apply for a UK work visa from outside of the country. Students at UK universities are not affected.

UK VISA
Tier 2 Visa categories

General visa

Intra-Company Transfer visa

minister of
religion visa

sportsperson visa

For workers who have a skilled job offer and a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid Tier 2 sponsorship licence.

The vacancy must be advertised to UK workers before it can be offered to an immigrant, unless it is on the Tier 2 Shortage Occupations List.

Limited to 20,700 places a year for job applicants resident outside the UK.

For employees of multinational company who are being transferred to the business’s UK branch.

Applicants must have a valid certificate of sponsorship from their employer. There are two sub-categories:

o Long term staff
o Graduate trainee

For workers who’ve been offered a job, such as missionary or minister of religion, within a religious community organisation in the UK.

For elite sportspeople and coaches.

The applicant must be recognised or endorsed by their sport’s governing body.

General visa

Intra-Company Transfer visa

For workers who have a skilled job offer and a certificate of sponsorship from a UK employer with a valid Tier 2 sponsorship licence.

The vacancy must be advertised to UK workers before it can be offered to an immigrant, unless it is on the Tier 2 Shortage Occupations List.

Limited to 20,700 places a year for job applicants resident outside the UK.

For employees of multinational company who are being transferred to the business’s UK branch.

Applicants must have a valid certificate of sponsorship from their employer. There are two sub-categories:

o Long term staff
o Graduate trainee

minister of
religion visa

sportsperson visa

For workers who’ve been offered a job, such as missionary or minister of religion, within a religious community organisation in the UK.

For elite sportspeople and coaches.

The applicant must be recognised or endorsed by their sport’s governing body.

UK VISA
UK Tier 4 Student Visa
and Short Stay Visas

Tier 4 student visas allow people from outside of the European Economic Area to enter the UK as a student, usually either at a school, college, or university. In order to apply for a Tier 4 student visa you will need to have Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) at a UK educational institution that holds a valid Tier 4 sponsorship license.

Tier 4 visa students must spend at least 15 hours a week in study, and the student must be able to meet the cost of the course, maintenance and accommodation without working. These changes to Uk immigration law also mean that Tier 4 visa holders at further education colleges may no longer switch to another UK visa category from inside the UK when their studies finish, such as Tier 2 or Tier 5 work visas. Tier 4 college students who wish to work in the UK after their studies finish must now leave the UK and apply for a UK work visa from outside of the country. Students at UK universities are not affected.

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