There are numerous routes used by UK businesses to acquire necessary permission to work for business owners, senior executives and skilled workers.

We have a wealth of experience in identifying the most effective route and supporting clients with the necessary strategic and practical advice. We can also support your workers with extensions and indefinite leave to remain applications at the appropriate time.

Global Talent

The Global Talent category has replaced the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route and is one of the areas the firm specialises in. Global Talent is an ever-evolving immigration route for leaders or emerging leaders who are established in the arts, film and TV, fashion, science, engineering, humanities, medicine, academia, research, digital technology or architecture sectors, and has become the greatest accolade our immigration system can bestow on those who excel in their fields.

There are no caps on Global Talent visas, and this prestigious route offers a path to citizenship without any need of a job offer for those at the top of their game. They are a useful route to permanent residence (after five years for those showing exceptional promise, three for exceptional talent) and people can generally apply for citizenship a year after they gain indefinite leave to remain.

An application, unless you are lucky enough to have won one of the honours on a small list of ‘prestigious prizes’ (such as an Academy Award for a leading role, or a Turing Award or Nobel prize in science), involves applying to one of the recognised endorsing bodies, as well as a subsequent application for entry clearance or permission to stay. Endorsements can take up to eight weeks although it is usually faster. Visa applications can also be made for partners and children under the scheme and there are more costly fast track options for the visa decision.

We assist with all stages of making Global Talent applications to UK Visas and Immigration. You can read more details about the route in this recent article Vanessa Ganguin wrote for the Immigration Lawyers Toolbox on Global Talent visas.

To find out how we can help you please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

International Sportsperson

This new immigration route for elite sportspersons and qualified coaches replaced the Sportsperson (T2) visa and the sporting part of the Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting visa (T5) on 11 October 2021 .

The Government’s new changes replace the two routes with a dedicated and simplified fast-track visa from, while keeping an option for more temporary contracts up to 12 month.

The new International Sportsperson immigration route still involves sponsorship and endorsement by the relevant sporting organisation. There is also a financial requirement and a basic level of English must be attained.

You can apply for an International Sportsperson visa if all of the following apply:

  • you’re an elite sportsperson or qualified coach, who’s recognised by your sport’s governing body as being at the highest level of your profession internationally
  • your sport’s governing body is endorsing your application
  • your employment will develop your sport in the UK at the highest level
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements

We can help with applications at all stages and advise on the suitability of this route and other alternatives too.

To find out how we can help you please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

Start-up and Innovator

The Start-up category is for high potential entrepreneurs starting a business in the UK for the first time.

More experienced business people seeking to establish a venture in the UK can potentially use the Innovator category. You will require an innovative, viable and scalable business idea which is supported by a recognised endorsing body and innovator applicants must normally have funding to invest in the business.

We offer specialist advice for all stages of making these applications to UK Visas and Immigration.

To find out how we can help you please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)

This route is only available to those already in the UK with leave granted in this category.

We can support you with an application for further leave to remain (until the cut-off which in most cases is 6 April 2023) or indefinite leave to remain (until the cut-off which in most cases is 6 April 2025).

To find out how we can help you please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

Skilled Worker

The Skilled Worker visa is a key route used by employers and requires them to have a Skilled Worker sponsor licence.

It replaces the Tier 2 (General) category which by last year had become the most popular work visa application for the UK, despite the global pandemic. It is a key plank of the UK Government’s new Points Based System and another area of our expertise, for which the firm is ranked highly.

Sponsors must be offering a genuine vacancy for an appositely skilled role, meet specific salary thresholds and other requirements of the Skilled Worker category.

We will ‘hand hold’ you through all stages of sponsoring a migrant, from obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship to securing a visa.

To find out how we can help you please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

Health and Care Worker visas

A Health and Care Worker visa allows medical professionals to come to or stay in the UK in an eligible work role with the National Health Service (NHS), an NHS supplier or in adult social care.

These visas last to five years, after which they can be extended for eligible work, or an application made to settle permanently. If the employee moves to a different employer, a Health and Care Worker visa needs updating or extending.

We will ‘hand hold’ you and your employee through all stages of sponsoring a health or care worker, from obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship to securing a visa.

To find out how we can help you please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

Intra-Company Transfer

The Intra-Company Transfer route is for international organisations transferring employees to an appropriately linked UK entity or branch office. We offer expertise on the suitability of this route which is currently under review by the Home Office, as well as alternatives.

We will ‘hand hold’ you through all stages of sponsoring a migrant. Our expertise will help ensure you are able to evidence where necessary that the role represents a genuine vacancy, assist with obtaining and assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship, and securing a visa.

To find out how we can help you please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

Temporary Work

The Temporary Work category offers a number of options for those engaging workers temporarily in the UK. We help many, such as people in the creative industries or those seeking to work in the UK on charitable or religious purposes, to negotiate this category speedily.

The Home Office has rebranded what had been called the T5 (or Tier 5) Temporary routes. The Temporary Work category now consists of:

  • Temporary Work – Charity Worker visa
  • Temporary Work – Creative Worker visa
  • Temporary Work – Government Authorised Exchange visa
  • Temporary Work – International Agreement visa
  • Temporary Work – Religious Worker visa
  • Temporary Work – Seasonal Worker visa

We will find the optimal solution, guide you through the genuineness and supernumerary (where applicable) requirements and support your worker throughout the sponsorship and visa process. We can also advise on other short-term work routes, such as the Youth Mobility Scheme and Graduate Visa – see below.

To find out how we can help you please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

Graduate visa

Since July 2021, graduates are able to work or look for work for two years after graduation (three for doctorates). The new Graduate visa means firms can hire bright migrant graduates with no need to sponsor them first, so there is plenty of time to get to know them without the responsibility of sponsorship.

After this period, they can work on a Skilled Worker visa as a New Entrant on a minimum salary of only £20,480 pa.

To find out how we can help you please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

Youth Mobility Scheme

The Youth Mobility Scheme is a great route for youth aged 18 – 30 wishing to live, study or work in the UK to spend two years in the country without the need to be sponsored. Applicants must have certain types of British nationality or are a national from one of the eligible countries which all have a cap on applicants. India is set to join the scheme too from 1 January 2022.

Applications from some countries are within the quotas, though the Home Office operates a lottery for applicants from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea, who have to register interest in the scheme by email to revive an invite if chosen at random.

We can advise on eligibility requirements as well as alternative routes too.

To find out how we can help you please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

 

Representative of Overseas Business

This route enables a senior employee of an overseas-headquartered company to come to the UK to establish a registered branch or wholly owned subsidiary.

Our expertise in this area will support you through all stages of the application including the substantive and documentary requirements and ensure that you have a successful outcome.

To find out how we can help you please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

Frontier Worker permit

The Frontier Worker permit was created to comply with the EU Withdrawal Agreement commitments to certain cross-border workers living in the European Economic Area (EEA) and travelling to the UK for employed or self-employed work.

Post-Brexit, applying for the Frontier Worker permit allows people to come to the UK to work (employed or self-employed) while living elsewhere if all of the following apply:

  • they are an EEA/Swiss national
  • they live outside of the UK
  • they have worked in the UK by 31 December 2020
  • they have kept working in the UK at least once every 12 months since they started working here

We can help you to navigate the guidance and make an application for a Frontier Worker permit.

To find out how we can help you please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

Service Providers from Switzerland visa

This category is for individuals working for a company based in Switzerland which requires them to work on contract in the UK. Swiss nationals can also apply as self-employed service providers if they are based in Switzerland.

The contract to carry out work in the UK must have been signed and started before 11pm on 31 December 2020. Service providers would be able to enter multiple times during the validity of the visa. Note that there is an overall limit across all Swiss employees and contracts such that all staff collectively must not exceed 90 days per calendar year in the UK (including weekends and bank holidays).

The visa will potentially be valid for the shorter of the end date of the contract to work in the UK, the end date of their work contract with their Swiss employer (if the employee is on a fixed-term contract), the day before their right to live in Switzerland expires and 31 December 2025.

To find out more please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

Minister of Religion visa (T2)

The Minister of Religion Visa (T2) is a route for eligible religious organisations to sponsor people in a role within their faith community such as minister of religion, missionary, or member of a religious order.

There are various requirements, such as financial and English language competence and the visa can be a route to settlement after five years.

To find out more please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

Overseas Domestic Worker visa

This visa is for domestic workers such as cleaners, carers, chauffeurs, cooks and allows spending up to six months in the UK with an employer they have worked for for at least one year. There are other eligibility requirements and it cannot be extended.

(Those who were on a Domestic Worker in a Private Household visa on or before 5 April 2012 may extend their stay every 12 months, settle in the UK, bring family members and change employer if their visa is valid.)

To find out more please call us on 0207 033 9527 or click here to send us an email

 

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