Applying to Work in the UK

Are you hoping to work in the UK? Have you been offered a job role and seek permission to work here? Our immigration lawyers are experts in the operation of UK and European legislation that affects foreign workers.

Most employment routes are now governed by the Points Based Visa System (PBS). The rules are complex, and it is, therefore, vital that you consult a specialist immigration solicitor for legal advice and information before applying to work in the UK.

We also have considerable experience advising sole representatives of overseas companies, whose applications are considered outside the PBS scheme. 

For more information, or to speak to our immigration lawyers today, call 0161 234 6800 or complete our enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Latitude Law also has extensive experience of acting for families employing domestic workers in the UK. For more information, click here.

How do I apply to work in the UK?

There are some categories of worker who may seek entry to work in the UK outside the Points Based System; for example sole representatives of overseas companies or news agencies, or domestic workers in diplomatic households.  However, the majority of foreign workers who apply to work in the UK will be processed under PBS.

The Points Based System is intended for foreign (non-EEA) nationals who wish to work in the UK. Since its introduction, the system has been altered to meet changing economic conditions following the global economic downturn. It is governed by immigration rules, appendices to those rules and sometimes published policy guidance, and is split into five tiers. Those tiers are:

  • Tier 1 Visa is for entrepreneurs, investors and high-value migrants who come under the exceptional talent visa
  • Tier 2 Visa is for skilled workers, ministers of religion and sportspeople
  • Tier 3 Visa is currently suspended
  • Tier 4 Visa is for students with a place at independent school, college or university
  • Tier 5 Visa is for temporary creative and sporting workers, charity workers, religious workers

How we can help

Latitude Law has advised foreign workers and families on the Points Based System since its introduction in 2008, and our immigration lawyers have acquired an in-depth knowledge of how the system operates.  We advise a wide range of companies, from local businesses to multinationals, in relation to their overseas workers.  We can work with you to identify the tier that best suits your circumstances, helping you to prepare and review your application to ensure it is completed correctly and that you have gathered the correct supporting documentation.

We can also advise employers and prospective workers on the many difficulties involved in this increasingly complex area of immigration law.

Why choose us?

Our aim is to give you the best chance of successfully securing your work visa so you can be employed in the UK. We have helped many other migrant workers successfully through the Points Based System and pride ourselves on the efficiency of our processes. We aim to be responsive, and proactive in the pursuit of your case. 

We are known for going that extra mile to ensure clients are successful in their endeavours whilst maintaining professionalism and ethical standards at all times. Our team is friendly and approachable and are always willing to answer any questions you might have.

We can meet you in our London, Liverpool or Manchester offices or take your instructions via telephone or videoconference.

Contact Latitude Law

If you are hoping to work in the UK, contact the Manchester-based immigration lawyers at Latitude Law for expert legal advice. Call 0161 234 6800 or complete our online enquiry form and arrange a free initial consultation today.

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