UK Work Permits Visa
The main work visas currently open to new applicants are:
Tier 1 High value migrants
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) For people with at least £50,000 to invest in the UK by taking over or setting up a UK business
Tier 1 (Investor) For people who want to invest in the UK and have at least £1m to invest in a UK investment opportunity
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) For graduates of UK universities who are endorsed by their university. Limited to 2,000 a year.
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Only open to truly exceptional people working in the arts and sciences. Limited to 1,000 a year
UK Tier 2 work visa for Skilled workers
Tier 2 (General) For workers who have an offer of skilled work and a certificate of sponsorship (COS) from a UK employer with a valid UK Tier 2 sponsorship licence.
UK Tier 2 general Work permit visa will allow you to work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship (COS). It also allows you to immigrate to the UK with your family. You can apply for an extension of your visa for 5 years, as long as the total number of years in the UK is not more than 6 years.
The job on offer must be one that cannot be filled by a worker already resident in the UK. Since 2011, there has been a cap of 20,700 visas that can be issue in this category every year
Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) For employees of multinationals who are being transferred to the UK branch, Applicants must have a valid certificate of sponsorship from their employer. There are four sub-categories
Long-term staff, Short-term staff, Graduate trainee, Skills transfer
Tier 2 (sportsman) For sportspeople of international calibre intending to stay in the UK for a lengthy period
Tier 2 (minister of religion) For missionaries, monks, ministers of religion and the like
Tier 4 student visas are for students at UK educational institutions. While studying, some students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week during term time and full time during the holidays.
Tier 5 Temporary workers