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Working in the United Kingdom

Posted on July 12, 2022

The situation differs according to the date of installation in the United Kingdom.

  • The person was already settled in the UK before the end of the transition period (December 31, 2020) :

In this case, if the person has taken the steps to obtain a resident status (“settled” or “presettled status”) before June 30, 2021, no work permit is required.

  • The person moved to the UK after the transition period (after 31 December 2021) or wishes to move there :

Since January 1, 2021, to work in the United Kingdom, a visa is, in the majority of cases, necessary.

The type of visa differs according to :

  • The duration of the contract;
  • The employment sector;
  • The nature of the job; and
  • The qualification level of the applicant.

Generally, to obtain a work visa, one must :

  • Hold an eligible job;
  • Have a confirmed job offer from a UK government approved employer;
  • Receive a minimum wage (defined according to the type of work); and
  • Justify the level of proficiency in the English language.

Initially, the procedure is carried out online (on the British government website). However, it is possible to be summoned to a visa center afterwards.

The procedure is chargeable.

1. The person plans to work in the UK for a period of 6 months or less :

It is not necessary to have a visa if :

  • The person is invited as an expert in his profession;
  • The person is visiting in connection with certain business or academic activities but is not working in the UK.

On the other hand, it is necessary to have a visa if the person wishes to carry out paid work in the United Kingdom.

1. The person plans to work in the UK for a period longer than 6 months :

In this case, a visa is required.

The type of visa, the eligibility criteria and the duration of the visa differ according to the professional field concerned.

The areas are as follows :

  • Health professional;
  • Digital professional;
  • Academic or researcher;
  • Field of arts and culture;
  • Professional athlete;
  • Business creation;
  • Others.

Work visas allow you to stay in the territory from 1 to 5 years, some are renewable.

Sometimes it is also possible, after a certain period, to be eligible to apply to settle in the UK.

UK Government, ‘Check if you need a UK visa’ (gov.uk) < https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa>.

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