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Guide to UK Work Permits and UK Work Visas

A UK Work Permit is granted by Work Permits UK for a job where the employer cannot easily find a suitable person working in the UK and the prospective employee has the required qualifications and or skills and experience.

The employer wishing to sponsor a UK Work Permit will need to show Work Permits UK that they are a viable business and that they have a genuine requirement that can be fulfilled by the prospective employee.

The work permit will be issued by Work Permits UK for a specific person and a specific job. The UK work permit scheme is designed to let UK employers recruit or transfer people from outside the EEA and this includes bringing people to the UK for training and work experience.

The main types of employer sponsored UK work permit are:
  • Tier 1 UK Work Permit - issued by Work Permits UK for professions that are on the Skills Shortage Occupation List. Tier 1 work permits in the UK require less evidence to be produced to prove that a person could not easily be found, as Work Permits UK have already recognised that there are a shortage of people in the UK with those skills.

  • Tier 2 UK Work Permit - issued by Work Permits UK for those professions that do not fall into the Tier 2 Work Permit category.

  • Training and Work Experience Scheme (TWES) - issued by Work Permits (UK) for the purposes of training an individual. This is a shorter term working permit and further information can be found on our TWES Work Permit Page.

  • Intra-Company Transfer: issued by Work Permits (UK), this Working Permit is designed to allow overseas employers to bring key members of staff to their UK office.
If you are the employer, have selected your prospective employee and would like us to assist with your work permit application to Work Permits (UK) then we have an online UK work permit application process that you can use to instantly request a free assessment of the potential work permit application and engage our application services.

This information is provided by SkillClear Immigration Services.

You need to ensure your prospective employees have the legal right to work - we process all transfer, work permit and visa applications for you and your prospective employees and represent the work permit application directly to Work Permits (UK) on your behalf.
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