Working in UK

STANDARD VISITOR VISA

What is a Standard Visitor Visa and who needs it?

 

If you intend to visit the UK for leisure, business, visiting family or receiving private medical treatment, and you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) OR Switzerland, you will be required to apply for a UK Standard Visitor visa.

 

 

      The Standard Visitor visa has replaced:

 

  • Family Visitor visa
  • General Visitor visa (for travellers)
  • Child Visitor visa
  • Business Visitor visa, including visas for academics, doctors and dentists
  • Sports Visitor visa
  • Entertainer Visitor visa
  • Prospective Entrepreneur visa
  • Private Medical Treatment Visitor visa
  • Approved Destination Status (ADS) visa

 

 

      Am I eligible to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa?

 

  • You plan to leave the UK at the end of your visit
  • You are able to support yourself and any dependent for the  duration of your trip.
  • You are able to pay for your return or onward journey and any  other costs relating to your visit and any business or other   activities you want to do in the UK

What documents do I need to prepare?

 

  • A valid passport identification (your passport should have a blank page on both sides for your visa) which is valid for your entire stay
  • Evidence that you can support yourself during your trip, for example payslips for the last 6 months or bank statements. These must clearly show that you have access to the funds:

 

  • Bank statements
  • Building society book
  • Proof of earnings such as a letter from employer confirming employment details (start date of employment, salary, role, company contact details)
  • If a third party (who is either in the UK or who will be legally in the UK at the time of your visit) is providing financial support to you (e.g. a business, a friend or a relative), documents to show they have sufficient resources to support you in addition to themselves and any dependant should be provided.

 

  • A brief travel plan stating clearly the dates on which you will enter or leave the country (you will need to provide your flight booking if requested)
  • Details of employment or studies if you have stated in your application that you are either employed or in full-time studies

 

This could include

 

  • a letter from your employer on official company headed paper, detailing your role, salary and length of employment
  • a letter from your education provider, on official headed paper, confirming your enrolment and leave of absence
  • If self employed: business registration documents confirming the business owner’s name and the date the business started trading.
  • Hotel booking, unless you are going to stay with a friend or family who holds a legal residency in the UK, then your friend or family will need to provide:

 

  • An invitation letter
  • Proof of the friend or family’s immigration status including a copy of his or her passport page, visa page and a school letter or employment letter
  • Bank statement showing your billing address (must be the same with his or her current address in the UK)
  • A tenant contract and (if he or she is currently renting a place in the UK) or a house ownership certificate (if he or she owns the property in the UK).
  • If you are to attend someone’s graduation ceremony, you can request a print-out of the confirmation email from the Awards & Ceremony team.

 

*Any documents that aren’t in English or Welsh should be translated.

 

What you can’t do during your stay in the UK

You can’t do unpaid or paid work, get public funds, or marry or register as a civil partner or give notice of marriage or civil partnership.

 

I’ve got all the documents, how do I apply for the visa?

 

  • Register for an account on visa4uk website
  • Fill in the application form in English
  • Pay for the visa fee online (How much do I have to pay?)
  • Print out your application form
  • Book and attend an appointment at a visa application centre (you may have to travel to a different country to finish the application)

 

How do I apply for the visa?

 

  • Register for an account on visa4uk website
  • Fill in the application form in English
  • Pay for the visa fee online (How much do I have to pay?)
  • Print out your application form
  • Book and attend an appointment at a visa application centre (you may have to travel to a different country to finish the application)

 

North Korea

 

You can’t apply online if you’re from North Korea. You must apply in person if you’re from North Korea.

 

  • Download the form and appendix
  • Fill in the UK visa application form
  • Go to the British Embassy in Pyongyang to submit your application and pay your visa application fee
  • Have your fingerprints taken
  • Wait for the decision to be made.

TIER 5 GAE VISA

What is a Tier 5 GAE Visa and who needs it?

 

Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange) visa (Tier 5 GAE Visa) is for people coming to the UK through approved schemes that allows them to learn the best practice and knowledge on certain subjects while working as a temporary worker in the UK. The visa holder gets to experience the social and cultural life in the UK, but he/she must not be either an unskilled person or filling a vacancy.

 

Am I eligible to apply for a Tier 5 GAE Visa?

 

The work you do must be skilled (equivalent to NVQ or SVQ level 3 or above). It can be an intern-ship or a volunteer position. You need to have a sponsor issuing a valid Tier 5 GAE certificate of sponsorship for you.

 

What documents do I need to prepare?

 

Depending on the scheme type, application documents you need prepare include but not limited to:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • a passport-sized colour photograph
  • employment contract
  • a valid Tier 5 GAE certificate of sponsorship
  • bank statements showing you’ve had at least £945 in savings continuously for 90 days before you apply - this is to prove you can support yourself and you must have had this in your bank account for 90 days before you apply
  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test

 

How do I apply for the visa?

 

  • If you are applying from outside the UK, you have to:
  • Register for an account on visa4uk website
  • Fill in the application form in English
  • Pay for the visa fee online (How much do I have to pay?)
  • Print out your application form
  • Book and attend an appointment at a visa application centre (you may have to travel to a different country to finish the application)

 

If you are switching your visa to Tier 5 GAE Visa inside the UK:

 

  • download the form and apply by post - the address is on the form

 

What you can and can’t do during your stay in the UK

You can’t:

 

  • take a permanent job
  • get public funds

TIER 2 GENERAL (WORK PERMIT) VISA

What is a Tier 2 General Visa and who needs it?

 

Skilled migrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland will need to apply for a Tier 2 visa if they want to work in the UK. Also they need a Certificate of Sponsorship from their employer who holds a valid Tier 2 sponsorship license.

 

Am I eligible to apply for a Tier 2 General Visa?

 

  • a certificate of sponsorship reference number
  • an ‘appropriate’ salary
  • the required level of English

 

You must also have £945 in savings - this is to prove you can support yourself. You must have had this in your bank account for 90 days before you apply unless you’re exempt.

You don’t need to have £945 in savings if your sponsor is fully approved (‘A-rated) and they have stated on your certificate of sponsorship that you won’t claim benefits during your stay.

 

What documents do I need to prepare?

 

When you apply you’ll need to provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • a passport-sized colour photograph
  • bank statements showing you’ve had at least £945 in savings continuously over the last 90 days, or your sponsor’s certification that they can support and accommodate you for the first month you’re employed
  • proof that you meet the English requirement
  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test

 

How do I apply for the visa?

 

  • Register for an account on visa4uk website
  • Fill in the application form in English
  • Pay for the visa fee online (How much do I have to pay?)
  • Print out your application form
  • Book and attend an appointment at a visa application centre (you may have to travel to a different country to finish the application)

 

You must:

  • have the original and a photocopy of all the supporting documents you need for your visa application
  • attend an appointment

 

 

What you can and can’t do during your stay in the UK ?

 

You can:

  • work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship
  • do a second job in the same sector and at the same level as your main job for up to 20 hours per week
  • do a job which has a shortage of workers in the UK for up to 20 hours per week
  • do voluntary work
  • study as long as it doesn’t interfere with the job you’re sponsored for
  • travel abroad and return to the UK
  • bring family members with you

 

You can’t:

  • own more than 10% of your sponsor’s shares (unless you earn more than £155,300 a year)
  • get public funds
  • start working before you get the visa
  • apply for a second job until you’ve started working for your sponsor

 

NOTE: You’ll need to make a new application if you want to do a second job that’s not in the same sector as your main job.

 

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