You will need a visa if you want to work in the UK.
This cannot be easy if you don’t know where to start and what documents are required.
We have created this guide with all the information you need to apply for a UK work visa.
Choose your UK work visa.
Once you’ve decided to apply for a UK work visa, there are three main categories: temporary student (Tier 4), Tier 2 General, and Tier 5 Entrepreneur.
- Temporary students (Tier 4) are usually granted for one year at a time and can be extended in some cases if you have enough funds to support yourself until graduation or employment begins. You must also hold a degree from an accredited institution of higher education to qualify as a temporary student under this category.
- Tier 2 General is used by those who have graduated from university or college with good grades but have limited work experience; they may also apply as self-employed entrepreneurs or self-sufficient individuals seeking access to the UK labour market through remote working arrangements.
- Finally, we have our two most common categories: Tier 5 Entrepreneurial visas allow someone interested in starting their own business here in Britain – whether that’s through remote working arrangements or otherwise – while those wishing for exceptional skills only require approval by the relevant government department before being able to use them towards qualifying for permanent residency status within Britain!
Check the requirements
Before applying for a UK work visa, you need to check the requirements.
- You must be eligible for a UK work visa. To qualify, you must meet all the following criteria:
- Have at least £17,200 in savings (or equivalent) during the previous 12 months; and
- Be able to show that your passport is valid for at least six months after your arrival date in the UK; and
- Not have any criminal convictions that could lead to deportation or exclusion from entry into another country (including England).
- Check that all the required documents are ready before applying online or by phone.
Prepare your documents
To apply for a UK work visa, you must have the following documents:
- A passport (which is valid for at least six months).
- Proof of address. This can be an official letter from your local council or a utility bill (for example, gas or electricity).
You do not need proof of income to apply for this visa, but you should do so if your application is flourishing and you want access to benefits such as tax credits and housing benefits. Suppose you don’t have proof of address. In that case, you contact your nearest British Embassy/Consulate, who may be able to help with this issue before submitting an online application form via their website; this could save time down the line when applying for permanent residency in the UK later on down the line!
Application and evidence
- Provide evidence of your qualifications and experience.
- Provide proof of your English proficiency.
- Provide proof of your financial means (if you are applying on Tier 1 (General) visa, this must be verified through the UK Visas and Immigration website).
How to pay
The visa application form will ask you to pay a fee of £45.
If you are applying from the UK and want to use your bank account details to make payment online (this is recommended), then please note that:
- Payment must only be made by credit card; no other payment methods are accepted.
The cardholder must have authorized all payments made by credit cards before submitting their application for a Tier 4 (General) Work Visa; there are other ways of making payments if this isn’t possible due to technical difficulties or restrictions placed upon us by our banks/financial institutions’ fraud detection systems.
What happens next
You will be notified of the decision. If your application is successful, you will receive an email informing you of this fact.
It isn’t straightforward, but this process will help.
You need to know the requirements for applying for a work visa in the UK. You also need to prepare your documents and pay the fee. Then apply! And wait!
The Last Word
It is a good idea to gather as much information about your application as possible.
This will make the process more efficient and give you peace of mind.
Remember that there are different processes for business visas and residence permits, so that you may need some help with those too!