Here at Theva Solicitors we are able to provide a thorough and professional service that can help you with your applications for UK work permits or for renewal application. Our team of highly experienced and knowledgeable immigration lawyers can take on your case in order to provide a swift and beneficial resolution, and we always aim to attain the best result for you.
There are two main types of visa that allow you to work in the UK, both of which fall under the points based system. These are Tier 1 (High Value Migrants) and Tier 2 (Skilled Workers), each with sub-categories. We are able to advise you on which category you fall into, and will take on your case with professionalism and enthusiasm. With this in mind we are then able to aid you through the process and always aim to get you a positive result, and we will also help you to lodge any appeals should your initial application be rejected. With our 15 years of experience in the field of immigration law you can be sure that we are the best lawyers to come to.
The categories we are experts in are:
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) – there is a limit of 1 000 applications per year for this category, each of which must be sponsored by a ‘designated competent body’. The endorsements will be assigned to the designated competent bodies in 2 phases: 500 will be available from 6 April 2012 to 30 September, and the second 500 from 1 October 2012 to 5 April 2013. These bodies are the Royal Society, Arts Council England, the British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
- Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – from 14th June 2012 the level of funds required to be available to you will increase, so please ensure you have the required amount of funds after this time. Use this category if you are looking to set up or take over a business in the UK.
- Tier 1 (Investor) – you do not need a job offer to apply for this category, as you will be assessed on your ability to invest £1 million in the UK.
- Tier 1 (General) – as with the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) category, the amount required as funds will increase on 14th June. This category is for those looking for work or self employment opportunities, and does not require a sponsorship. Only extension applications are being considered by the UKBA Home Office at the home office as the route has already been closed.
- Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) – after graduating, you may be entitled to apply for a work permit using this category. This is decided due to you being identified by higher education authorities as having developed world class ideas or skills that would benefit the UK.
- Tier 2 (General) – from 14th June 2012 the level of funds required for successful application in this category will increase. This category is for those wishing to fill a skilled job role that a settled worker cannot. From 6th April 2012 to 5th April 2013, only 20 700 skilled workers can apply for a work permit for jobs with a salary of less than £150 000. There is no limit to those applying for jobs greater than £150 000.
- Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) – from 14th June 2012 the level of funds required for successful application in this category will increase. If you have received job offers that require you to undertake preaching and pastoral work as a minister or religion, as a missionary or as a member of a religious order; you may apply using this category.
- Tier 2 (Sportsperson) – from 14th June 2012 the level of funds required for successful application in this category will increase. If you are a world class coach or athlete, you will require sponsorship by the relative sport’s governing body.
- Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) – this is further split into 4 sub categories, including long term staff, short term staff, graduate trainee and skills transfer. Please contact our team of experts to further discuss these requirements.
Recently, on April 6th 2012, the Tier 1 post study work category was discontinued, but if you are a dependent of someone who has already obtained leave to remain using this category then you still may apply to join them.
If you fall into the Tier 2 category you must be able to present proof of a job offer and certificate of sponsorship from an employer, as well as pass a points based assessment that covers earnings, qualifications, English language and maintenance.