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Work Visas

Do I Qualify for a UK Work Visa?

The rules for whether foreign nationals qualify for a UK Work Visa change regularly, so please check with the Home Office to find out if you qualify for a work visa.

On their website, the Home Office has clear rules for UK work visas for two different groups of immigrants:

  • European National Migrants: This section is for nationals of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. It explains how they and members of their families (whether or not they are EEA or Swiss nationals themselves) can come to, live in and work in the UK.
  • Non-European Migrants: If you are not an EEA or Swiss national, or the family member of an EEA or Swiss national, you should read this Visas and immigration section to find out how you can apply to come here and whether you will be able to get a UK work visa.

Visit the Home Office Website for Your UK Work Visa

Each section above describes the immigration categories for European and non-European migrants who want to get a UK work visa. Each category has different requirements, so you should read the Home Office's website to find the right category for you and then decide whether to apply for a UK work visa.

Most of the UK work visa categories are part of the UK's points-based system for immigration. If you want to visit the UK for a short time as a business person, sports person or entertainer, you may be able to come here as a visitor and therefore not worry about applying for a UK work visa. The Visiting the UK section contains more information to help you decide whether or not you need a UK work visa.

What if I Don't Qualify for a UK Work Visa?

Please be mindful that UK employers face large financial penalties if they are found employing migrant workers who are illegally here in the UK, so only come to the UK to seek employment if you are legally allowed to work here. If you attempt to work in the UK without the correct visas you will only be employed by cash-in-hand employers who pay less than the legal minimum wage and you will risk deportation back to your own country if you are caught.

Visit the Home Office website and see if you qualify to work in the UK. Once you have made your application for your UK work visa, get in touch with us to create a CV that is suitable for the UK job market.

If you are looking for a job in the UK, review your CV, update your LinkedIn profile and then start scanning the market to work out what you're worth and what's available. Good luck!

Find out what types of jobs immigrants can get in the UK once you have your British Work Visa:

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