UK Work Permits is not part of the Home Office: the official body for visa applications in the UK, and is not affiliated with it. We are a leading consultancy specialising in UK immigration. If you would like to prepare and submit your UK immigration application yourself you can do so by visiting the Official UKVI website. The specialist legal services we offer cannot be obtained directly from the Home Office. To find out more about these services, please read our FAQs.

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UK Work Permits Ltd

UK Work Permits Ltd is a leading consultancy specialising in work-related UK immigration, including applications made under Tier 2 (employer sponsorship) and Tier 1 (high-value migrants) of the Points-Based System. We also deal with other applications for Leave to Remain and Leave to Enter, mainly under work or family-related immigration categories, and Indefinite Leave to Remain applications.

If you are an employer interested in employing an individual who is not a European national.
If you have an offer of work from a UK employer, and would like to make an application as a sponsored skilled worker.
Alternatively, you may qualify as a high-value migrant to work in the UK under Tier 1 of the Points-Based System categories: Tier 1 (General) (extensions only), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Investor), Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) or Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent).
If you have legally resided in the UK for 5 or more years (or 2 years if you have a partner visa granted prior to July 2012) you may qualify to apply for permission to settle in the UK permanently, also known as ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’.

Much of our work involves providing services to employers relating to Tier 2 of the Points-Based System, including Sponsor Licence Registration and administration of the Sponsor Management System.

For more detailed information on the various schemes, the various tiers and sub-categories of the Points-Based System, and other schemes and programmes, please view the specific pages on our website.

“Work permits” and “Permission to work” – Basic Information

There have been many UK immigration categories (or types of “visa”) that carry with them, or include, the right to work in the UK, either for a limited or unlimited number of hours and for a limited or unlimited duration. Since 2008, the majority of these schemes (the specific routes into the UK for work purposes) can be found within the Points-Based System. Each category within the system has its own purpose, criteria and requirements.

The term “work permit” is often used broadly to mean “permission to work”. In truth, the work permit scheme was a very specific type of visa (where a person’s right to work was employment-specific and based on employer sponsorship) and this function has been served by Tier 2 of the Points-Based System since 2008. There are other visa types that some individuals may be able to apply for that grant permission to work freely, for any employer, offering flexibility that a Tier 2 visa or work permit doesn’t provide. Employers will sometimes state that applicants for a role “must have a work permit”. What is really meant is that a person must have permission to work freely in order to be considered for a role. If an employer indicates that applicants for a role must have permission to work, anybody intending to apply (who isn’t a settled worker) should check with the employer what type of permission (and what duration) they need. You can view the specific pages on our website for more information on some of the more common types of immigration permission.

Our Services

We specialise in providing expert assistance with UK immigration applications and have fine-tuned our methods towards providing a clearly defined set of services. We can provide professional assistance with all of the application types listed on this website. We follow a step-by-step plan for each and every application we undertake. By doing the right things in the right order, our clients benefit from greater speed and efficiency. We are always aware of the importance of accuracy and attention to detail and we’re also aware of the need to be flexible in relation to unforeseen events or tight time frames. Overall, our goal is to provide a thorough and professional service while protecting our clients from unnecessary hassle, and ensuring that each application takes up as little of our client’s time as possible. Moreover, we are generally happy to offer our 110% guarantee that an application will be successful. For further details of our services and fees please click here.

Many of our existing business relationships have been formed due to our willingness to offer clear, reliable advice to those who need it. If you need help or advice on any potential or existing application, please contact us.

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