The United Kingdom, made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is an island nation in northwestern Europe. England – birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture. England is also site of Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa and centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge.
How to Get a Work Permit
Before you apply, you must meet the following employment permit requirements:
Received a confirmed job offer from an authorized UK employer acting as a sponsor; at
Have a sponsorship certificate issued by your sponsoring sponsor; at
Pass the point analysis, the details of which can be found in the category-specific authorization categories in the category.
We advise the 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 may be followed by British Naturalization as a British citizen.
Intra-company transfers and permanent residence
As a British ICT work permit holder, you can benefit from permanent residence if you have lived and worked in the UK for at least five years and obtained a level 2 intra-company transfer visa in accordance with the rules in effect before April 6, 2010, or had prior leave as a 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 may be followed by British Naturalization as a British citizen.
- Job changes
If you want to change employers, you must obtain a new sponsorship certificate from an authorized employer. You must also reevaluate from the current points test and the position meets the advertising requirements of the resident labour market test (if applicable).
How can we help you
- Assess your circumstances
We know that every case is different. Our OISC registered advisors are there to listen, understand and give you specific advice on the best UK visa route depending on your situation.
After our full assessment of your situation, we will provide you with all the details of all the documents we need to prepare and submit to you a successful work permit program.
- Preparation and submission of your application
Once you have submitted all the application documents, your dedicated case manager will collect all the documents and prepare your application using the latest immigration rules and requirements.
- Publicity of the roll
If necessary, we can advise and help you ensure that the ad that is being submitted meets the government criteria.
- Application monitoring in conjunction with UKBA
Your social worker will submit your request to UKBA and monitor your progress, and keep you informed at every stage of the process. We will also handle any requests for additional information from the UKBA. As soon as the UKBA has requested your work permit, we will notify you immediately. Our team of qualified immigration consultants first knows the stress of applying for a UK visa and we are available to answer any questions you may have throughout the application process.
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