How to get a work permit
Before you can apply, you must meet the following work permit requirements:
Have received a confirmed offer of employment from an authorized UK employer who will act as a sponsor; and
Have a sponsorship certificate issued by your sponsoring employer; and
Pass the point assessment, details of which can be found on the category-specific work permit pages below.
We advise on three main categories of work permits in the UK. These are:
- General level 2 – Skilled worker
- Level 2 intra-company transfer
- Level 2 athlete visa
- The work permit application process is led by the employer who is responsible for issuing
- a sponsorship certificate to you (the applicant).
Employers who wish to learn more about Level 2 work permits are invited to read our section on Level 2 Visa Information for Employers.
UK work permits (general category) and permanent residence
As a UK work permit holder, you are eligible for permanent residence if you have lived and worked in the UK for at least five years. Once you have met the five-year requirement, you may be eligible for indefinite leave to stay in the UK, which can then be followed by British Naturalization as a British citizen.
Intra-company transfers and permanent residence
As a holder of a British work permit in the ICT category, you can benefit from permanent residence if you have lived and worked in the United Kingdom for at least five years and obtained a level 2 intra-company transfer visa under the rules in effect before April 6. 2010 or had prior leave as an eligible work permit holder. Once you have met the five-year requirement, you may be eligible for indefinite leave to stay in the UK (ILR), which can then be followed by British Naturalization as a British citizen.
If you want to change employers, you must obtain a new sponsorship certificate from an authorized employer. You will also need to reevaluate from the current points test and the position will meet the advertising requirements of the resident labor market test (if applicable).
How can we help you
- Assessment of your circumstances
We know that each case is different. Our OISC registered consultants are there to listen, understand, and provide you with specific advice on the best UK visa route depending on your situation.
Following our full assessment of your situation, we will provide you with all the details of all the documents we need to prepare and submit a successful work permit application on your behalf.
- Preparation and submission of your application
Once you have provided all the application documents, your dedicated case manager will collect all the documents and prepare your application by the latest immigration rules and requirements.
- Publicity of the roll
If necessary, we can advise and help you ensure that the advertisement placed meets government criteria.
- Application monitoring and liaison with UKBA
Your social worker will submit your request to UKBA on your behalf and monitor progress, keeping you informed at each step of the process. We will also handle any requests for additional information from the UKBA. As soon as UKBA has approved your work permit application, we will notify you immediately. Our team of qualified immigration consultants knows first hand the stress of applying for a UK visa and we are available to answer any questions you may have throughout the application process.