There are numerous routes available to those wishing to work, invest or set up a business in the UK.

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

Tier 1 (Investor)

The Tier 1 (Investor) route was closed for new applications in February 2022. It had been an immigration route for those with £2 million under their control to invest in share or loan capital in UK companies. The Home Secretary announced the immediate closure of the route on 17 February 2022 due to what she said were concerns of abuse of the system.

We still assist people already in the UK on Investor visas. If you already have a Tier 1 (Investor) visa (or had one in the last 12 months and it was your most recent visa), you can still apply to settle in the UK (indefinite leave to remain), to extend your visa for two years, as well as applying for family members to join you.

To discuss any of this further 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). The firm is ranked highly in legal guides for such work.

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

Innovator and Start-Up visas

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

More experienced business people seeking to establish a new 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 have at least £50,000 in investment funds to apply for an Innovator visa if you want to set up a new business. (Investment funds are not necessary if your business is already established and has been endorsed for an earlier visa, or if you have changed your business and already agreed it with your endorsing body.)

Our service includes support with all stages of making an application to UK Visas and Immigration and we can guide you through your.

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

Global Talent visa

The Global Talent category has replaced the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route and is another area 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 visa

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, 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

Skilled Worker visa

The Skilled Worker visa is a key route used by employers and requires them to have a Skilled Worker sponsor licence. This is by far the most used work visa route (66% of work-related visas), and the numbers of Skilled Worker visas granted are still increasing greatly – up 139% since the year before in the latest Home Office figures.

This has become an indispensable immigration route for many employers, especially as freedom of movement with European countries is no longer a useful way to fill vacancies.

For Skilled Workers there is a path to settlement and they are able to bring eligible dependent family members with them.

The Skilled Worker visa replaces the Tier 2 (General) category which 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.

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

We will ‘hand hold’ you and your employer through all stages of sponsorship, from obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship to securing a visa.

Read more about why so many people find this a useful work visa route in this recent update on the Skilled Worker visa route.

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 visa

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. Over the past year use of this work visa has increased greatly.

Health and Care Worker visas last up 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 new Health and Care Worker visa will need to be applied for.

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

Minister of Religion (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

Global Business Mobility visa

Global Business Mobility visas are a helpful solution in many cases we work with for overseas firms establishing a UK footprint or transferring trainees, senior and specialist staff to the UK to fulfil contracts – whether or not a firm has a UK presence.

The Home Office has divided the new immigration route into five categories:

  • Senior or specialist worker to meet specific business needs (this replaces Intra-Company Transfers)
  • Graduate trainee as part of a training programme (this replaces the Intra-Company Graduate Trainee route)
  • Secondment worker to UK firms in high value contracts or investments
  • Service supplier to the UK in line with UK trade agreements (this replaces the T5 International Agreement routes)
  • UK expansion worker to establish a UK presence (this replaces Representative of an Overseas Business)

The first three categories are aimed at firms with a UK presence, the last three at firms with no UK presence. (Secondments are a route for both.)

Depending on which of the above assignments they are on, applicants will face the following requirements:

  • Sponsorship by the UK entity receiving applicants
  • Appropriate skill level for the role
  • A salary threshold
  • Minimum length of time an applicant has been employed by the overseas firm
  • Assignments will be temporary  (though flexible and routes should be switchable to more permanent status)

Global Business Mobility visa applicants will need to be sponsored. We help many applicants and industries to negotiate the requirements of such immigration routes speedily.We are very experienced at finding the optimal solution, helping you work out which immigration route is the most suitable for your requirements, guiding you through the genuineness and supernumerary requirements and supporting you and your employer throughout the sponsorship and visa process.

You can read more about these new UK immigration routes here.

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 - Creative Worker visa

Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law has a great international reputation for working with the creative industries.

According to Chambers & Partners Legal Directory: “Vanessa Ganguin is especially knowledgeable in the handling of immigration matters for entertainment industry clients. Her work includes securing Tier 5 Creative visas, as well as providing sponsor licence compliance advice to industry professionals.”

The Creative Worker visa requires a UK sponsor and allows creatives including performers, actors, models, dancers, musicians or film crew to work, study and bring eligible dependants to the UK. The visa allows a maximum of up to 12 months in the UK, or the time given in the certificate of sponsorship plus up to 28 days – whichever is shorter. It can be renewed.

This visa has replaced the Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting visa (T5). If you’re a sportsperson, you can work in the UK with the International Sportsperson visa – see above.

We will ‘hand hold’ you through all stages of being sponsored through to securing a visa. Our expertise will help ensure you are able to evidence eligibility, assist with obtaining and assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship, and securing a visa.

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

Temporary Work – Charity Worker visa

The Home Office has rebranded what had been called the Temporary Worker – Charity Worker visa (T5).

This category is for people who want to do unpaid voluntary work for a charity.

Eligibility for a Temporary Work – Charity Worker visa includes having a certificate of sponsorship (COS) reference number from your UK sponsor.

We can help you and your sponsor through all stages of being sponsored through to securing a visa. Our expertise will help ensure you are able to evidence eligibility, assist with obtaining and assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship, and securing a visa.

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

Temporary Work – Government Authorised Exchange visa

This visa has replaced the Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange visa (T5).

The Temporary Work – Government Authorised Exchange visa is a sponsored immigration route for those who want to come to the UK for a short time for work experience or to do training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research or a fellowship through an approved government authorised exchange scheme.

You will need to have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor to apply to work, train or carry out research in the UK.

Your sponsor must be:

  • an organisation running an approved exchange scheme
  • a higher education institution (if you are a sponsored researcher, visiting academic or examiner)
  • a government department or agency

On a Temporary Work – Government Authorised Exchange visa, you can stay in the UK for up to 12 or 24 months (depending on the scheme you’re applying for) or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus 14 days, whichever is shorter. You can enter the UK up to 14 days before the start date of your job.

Though people on this visa cannot do a permanent job, they are allowed to study; work in the job on the certificate of sponsorship; do a second job for up to 20 hours per week and bring dependants with them.

Switching to apply to a more long term Global Talent visa is possible for some sponsored researchers on government authorised exchange schemes.

We are experienced at guiding you and your employer throughout the eligibility requirements and  sponsorship and visa process.

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

Temporary Work – International Agreement visa

This visa has replaced the Temporary Worker – International Agreement Worker visa (T5). You can apply for a Temporary Work – International Agreement visa if you will be contracted to do work covered by international law or treaty while in the UK.

This includes working:

  • for an overseas government or international organisation
  • as a private servant in a diplomatic household
  • as an employee in the household of someone who works for a ‘recognised international organisation’

If you are being contracted to provide services to a UK company, you should apply for a Service Supplier visa (Global Business Mobility) instead.

Eligible dependent relatives may accompany or join you on a Temporary Work – International Agreement visa, and you must be sponsored on this immigration route by the organisation your work relates to.

You can stay for two years, or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus up to 28 days -whichever is shorter.

We are very experienced at guiding you and your employer throughout the eligibility requirements and  sponsorship and visa processes.

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 - Religious Worker visa

This temporary visa for those who want to do religious work in a non-pastoral role or religious order has replaced the T5 (Temporary Worker) Religious Worker visa.

On this immigration route you must be sponsored by the organisation to which your work relates. You can bring dependent family, live and work in the UK for up to 24 months, or up to 28 days more than the time on your certificate of sponsorship.

We are very experienced at guiding you through the genuineness and supernumerary requirements and supporting you and your employer throughout the sponsorship and visa processes.

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 - Seasonal Worker

This route enables you to apply to come to the UK as a Seasonal Worker to work in horticulture for up to six months – for example, picking fruit and vegetables or flowers.

You can no longer apply to do poultry work, ‘pork butchery’ or to drive a heavy goods vehicle to transport food.

This routes requires you to have a UK sponsor.

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 can now work or look for work for two years after graduation (three for doctorates). Graduates are allowed to have dependent relatives joining them if they were already dependants while on a Student visa.  The new Graduate Visa allows firms to hire applicants with no need to sponsor them. After this period, graduates can transfer to 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 visa

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. There are some country-specific requirements.

Applications from some countries tend to be within the quotas, though the Home Office operates a ballot for some applicants who have to register interest in the scheme by email to revive an invite if chosen at random. These ballots usually take place in January and July.

Before applying for the Youth Mobility Scheme visa you must be first selected in a ballot if you’re from:

  • Hong Kong (with an SAR passport)
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan

There will also be an India Young Professionals Scheme with a later ballot – details to be confirmed.

You can apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa without a ballot if you’re aged 18 to 30 and you’re from:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • San Marino
  • Iceland

You can also apply if you’re 18 to 30 and a:

  • British overseas citizen
  • British overseas territories citizen
  • British national (overseas)

The total allocation of places for 2022 for each country participating in the scheme is as follows:

  • Australia – 30,000 places
  • Canada – 6,000 places
  • Hong Kong – 1,000 places
  • Iceland – 1,000 places
  • India – 3,000 places
  • Japan – 1,500 places
  • Monaco – 1,000 places
  • New Zealand – 13,000 places
  • Republic of Korea – 1,000 places
  • San Marino – 1,000 places
  • Taiwan – 1,000 places

The UK Government has also announced that such visas will be expanded for applicants from Australia and New Zealand to allow visas to last up to three years and for applicants up to the age of 35.

We can advise on eligibility requirements as well as alternative routes too. For more information on the Youth Mobility Scheme and the latest on ballots, read our latest guide here.

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

Overseas Domestic Worker

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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