Frequently Asked Questions about UK Work
How do I apply for a UK work Permit?
A work permit is applied for by an employer
rather than the employee. We can assist employers in preparing
or reviewing work permit applications. Work permit applications
are processed by the Home Office in Sheffield in the UK.
How do I qualify for a UK work
There are a number of different work permit
schemes including business and commercial, sportsmen and entertainers,
and low skilled sector based schemes. There are a number of
criteria to be met and we can advise on the ability of an applicant
What nationalities don't need
a UK work permit?
Nationals from the EEA and countries which
are parties to EEA agreements do not need a permit to work in
the UK but may find it beneficial to obtain a residence document
after arrival. As of 01 June 2002, Swiss nationals have the
same right as EEA nationals and their family members may also
be entitled to live with them in the UK.
What countries are currently
in the EEA?
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,
Iceland*, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein*, Lithuania,
Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway*, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia,
Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.
*These countries are not members of the
European Union (EU). However, the European Economic Area Agreement
granted nationals of these countries the same rights to enter,
live and work in the UK as EU citizens.
Nationals from the following new member
states; Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia,
Hungary and the Czech Republic who find a job in the UK are
required to apply to register with the Home Office under the
new 'Worker Registration Scheme' as soon as they find work.
Are there any exemptions available
from the need to get a work permit?
In addition to the nationalities listed
above, there are a number of exemptions available including
for commonwealth citizens with British grandparents, those married
to British citizens and individuals with a right of abode.
Other individuals such as investors or
highly skilled migrants may need different types of clearance
instead of a work permit.
How much does a work permit cost?
The current Home Office application fee
What are your fees for advising on UK Work permits?
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fee
level takes account of the type of application, the need for
additional assistance on entry/visa clearances and family and
dependants as well as the urgency of the application. We are
able to provide a fixed cost estimate before proceeding.
For how long can I get a work
A work permit can be issued for up to
five years. It is however possible to obtain a right to permanent
residence in the UK after only four years.
What is the difference between a UK work permit and
a UK visa?
A work permit is a permission to work
in the UK. A visa is a clearance required by nationals from
certain countries before they come to the UK for whatever purpose
including just a visit.
Where do I get UK visa or UK work permit application
We can provide these to you by email.
a UK Work Permit Application form.
a UK Visa Application Form