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Tier 1 - Exceptional Talent Visa

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TIER 1 EXCEPTIONAL TALENT VISA

The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent category is for non-EEA nationals who are internationally recognised as world leaders in their field (exceptional talent) or recognised as having the potential to become world leaders in the future (exceptional promise).

What are the main eligibility requirements for a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa?

You need to complete 2 stages to get this visa.

You need to:

• apply to the Home Office for endorsement as a leader or an emerging leader in your particular field

• apply for the visa

Most people apply for endorsement first, but you can complete both applications at the same time. However, if your endorsement is refused, your visa application will also be refused and you will not get any money back for either application.

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FAQ

How long is the application process?

After getting your endorsement you will have to apply for your VISA 3 months prior to your planned travel date. Once you have applied, the time for your application to be reviewed can be up to 3 weeks. However, times may vary dependent on your countries guidelines.

Do I have to pay healthcare surcharge?

Yes, you will be obliged to pay healthcare surcharge, but only for the amount of time you choose to stay in the UK. You can work this out by using the healthcare surcharge calculator on the home office website.

How long can I stay in the UK with this VISA application?

This depends on whether you applied within the UK or outside of the UK.

• If you applied in the UK, then you will be allowed to stay for 5 years.

• If you applied outside the UK then you will be allowed to stay for up to 5 years and 4 months.

Once your VISA has come to an end, you are able to apply for another 5 years extension, however you can apply for settlement too if you have:

• Spent 3 years in the UK under an exceptional talent VISA.

• Spent 5 years in the UK under an exceptional promise VISA.

• What you can and cannot do

• You can:

• work - for an employer, as a director of a company or be self-employed

• change jobs without telling the Home Office

• do voluntary work

• travel abroad and return to the UK

• bring family members with you

• You cannot:

• get public funds

• work as a doctor or dentist in training

• work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach



Tier 2 – Inter Transfer Company VISA

This visa can be applied for if you work for a organization which wishes to bring you over to the UK to fulfill a vacancy. You can apply for this VISA is your company wishes to bring you over to the UK to fulfill the vacancy. However, you must be from outside the European Economic Ares and Switzerland and be able to satisfy other eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

• If you are applying in the Long-term Staff sub-category then you must have worked for your employer overseas for at least 12 months, unless you will earn £73,900 or more in the UK.

• If you are applying in the Graduate Trainee subcategory then you will need to show that the role you are applying for is part of a structured graduate training programme, with clearly defined progression towards a managerial or specialist role within the organisation. Each Sponsor can only sponsor 20 people in this category per year.

• You will need to show that you have a job offer in the UK from an employer that holds a Tier 2 Sponsor License. The organisation you are transferring from must be listed as a linked entity on your Sponsor’s licence.

• The job you are sponsored for must be at least graduate level or a specified creative profession, as well as on the Home Office’s list of skilled occupations.

• If you are applying in the Long-term Staff sub-category then you must be paid a minimum of £41,500 per year, or the minimum for your exact job, whichever is higher.

• If you are applying in the Graduate Trainee sub-category then you must be paid a minimum of £23,000 per year, or the minimum for your exact job, whichever is higher.

• You will need to have enough money to support yourself without relying on public funds.

FAQ

How long will my case take?

• You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.

• You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

How long am I able to stay in the U.K?

• You can come to the UK with a Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa for up to the maximum stay allowed for your visa type, or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship, whichever is shorter.

• The maximum stay for each type of Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa is:

• Long-term Staff (if you earn more than £120,000 a year): 9 years

• Long-term Staff (if you earn less than £120,000 a year): 5 years, 1 month • Graduate Trainee: 12 months

Do I have to pay the healthcare surcharge?

You will have to pay the surcharge as part of your application. You can calculate the exact figure on the home office website.

You can:

• work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship

• do a second job in the same profession and at the same level as your main job for up to 20 hours per week

• do voluntary work

• study as long as it does not interfere with the job you’re sponsored for

• travel abroad and return to the UK • bring family members with you

You cannot:

• get public funds

• start working before you get a visa

TIER 2 GENERAL SKILLED WORKER VISA

• The Tier 2 General category is for individuals who have an offer of a skilled job in the UK from a licensed Tier 2 Sponsor. This category includes applicants coming to the UK to fill shortage occupations. You will need to have an offer of employment before applying for a visa.

What are the main eligibility requirements for a Tier 2 General visa?

• In order to qualify for a Tier 2 General visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

• You have a job offer in the UK from an employer that holds a Tier 2 Sponsor License;

• The job you are sponsored for is at least graduate level or a specified creative profession;

• The job is on the Home Office’s list of skilled occupations;

• You will be paid a minimum salary of £30,000 (£20,800 for some applicants) or the minimum for the exact job you are doing, whichever is higher; • The job offer is a genuine vacancy and you are appropriately qualified or registered to do the job.

FAQ

How long will my case take?

• You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.

• You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

Do I have to pay the healthcare surcharge?

• You will have to pay the surcharge as part of your application. You can calculate the exact figure on the home office website.

Getting sponsored

• You need to be employed by a licensed sponsor to apply to live in the UK.

• Your sponsor checks that you can do the job they’re hiring you for and if it qualifies you for a visa. They’ll assign you a certificate of sponsorship to prove this.

• They must also give you other information you need when you apply, for example how much you’ll be paid.

You can:

• work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship

• do a second job in certain circumstances

• do voluntary work

• study as long as it does not interfere with the job you’re sponsored for

• travel abroad and return to the UK

• bring family members with you

You cannot:

• own more than 10% of your sponsor’s shares (unless you earn more than £159,600 a year)

• get public funds

• apply for a second job until you’ve started working for your sponsor

TIER 5 TEMPORARY WORKER VISA

• The Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa category is for certain types of temporary worker whose entry to the UK will help to satisfy cultural, charitable, religious or international objectives. You will need to have an offer of a position before applying for a visa.

However, there are various types of temporary worker VISA categories and each VISA category has its own eligibility requirements. To know further about these requirements do not hesitate to contact us on our office helpline.

FAQ

How long will my case take?

• You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.

• You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

Do I have to pay the healthcare surcharge?

• You will have to pay the surcharge as part of your application. You can calculate the exact figure on the home office website.

TIER 5 YOUTH MOBILITY SCHEME VISA

• The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme is for young adults from participating countries and territories who wish to experience life in the United Kingdom.

What are the main eligibility requirements for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa?

• want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years

• are aged 18 to 30

• have £1,890 in savings

• have certain types of British Nationality or are from certain countries

• meet the other eligibility requirements

FAQ

How long will my case take?

• You can apply for a visa up to 6 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.

• You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

Do I have to pay the healthcare surcharge?

• You will have to pay the surcharge as part of your application. You can calculate the exact figure on the home office website.

How long can I stay?

• You’ll be given a visa to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months.

• You can enter the UK at any time while your visa is valid, and leave and come back at any time during your stay.

What you can and cannot do

You can:

• study - for some courses you’ll need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate

• work in most jobs

• be self-employed and set up a company - as long as your premises are rented, your equipment is not worth more than £5,000 and you do not have any employees

You cannot:

• work as a professional sportsperson (for example as a coach), doctor or dentist in training - unless you can show you qualified in the UK

• extend your stay

• get public funds

• bring in family members on your application - they must apply separately