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Frequently Asked Questions about UK Work Permits

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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 permit?

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 to qualify.

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 is £153.


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 permit?

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 forms?

We can provide these to you by email.

Get a UK Work Permit Application form.

Get a UK Visa Application Form

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