We provide advice to employers and employees about routes to working in the UK, and we keep abreast of the regular changes in this area.
The main schemes for working visas cover come under the Points-Based System ("PBS") and cover:
- High-value migrants (Tier 1)
- Skilled workers (Tier 2)
- Temporary workers (Tier 5)
Other categories of working visas such as UK Ancestry continue to be dealt with outside of the PBS.
The UK is anxious to attract investors and entrepreneurs to do business in the UK, and the Points-Based System provides several routes in the Tier 1 category for this purpose.
We partner with local financial advisers to advise on the Tier 1 Investor and Entrepreneur categories, and we also advise international students on their options when graduating under the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) route.
Most skilled workers who are employed in the UK or who have a job offer from a UK company will apply under Tier 2 of the Points-Based System. There is a special subcategory for intra-company transferees so that companies can move employees internationally.
We can work with you, and your employer if appropriate, to ensure that your application is prepared in accordance with the strict Home Office requirements. We make sure that advertising procedures, sponsorship and supporting documents are co-ordinated to support your application.
Tier 5 of the Points-Based System now covers people doing temporary work in the UK. This might include interns, religious workers, working holidaymakers, or participants in Government exchange schemes.
We advise workers on how to prepare and submit their applications for visas or residence permits.
We can also advise people who came to the UK under other working visa schemes, and who may require advice on how to stay on or apply for indefinite leave to remain.
Depending on your requirements you may also find that your situation is better dealt with using a visit category, or that you fall under European free movement laws.
We will always investigate your full circumstances so that you receive the advice that meets your individual requirements.