Work in the UK

Our UK immigration experts assist businesses and individuals with applying for working visas such as sponsored visas under the Skilled Worker or ICT routes, Start-up/Innovator and Global Talent applications. Whether relocating to the UK as an existing overseas employee or an initial hire, nationals from outside the UK (including from the European Economic Area (EEA)/Switzerland) can face significant challenges in obtaining the appropriate immigration permission. Our experienced team will ensure clients move through the application process as quickly and smoothly as possible. There is route for long term work and there is route for short term work. Whereas each of the category is divided into different routes.

Long term work

For clients seeking to take on skilled, long-term work assignments in the UK, there are a number of routes which provide a variety of opportunities for both new hires and existing employees from outside the UK (including from the European Economic Area (EEA)/Switzerland). Our team will ensure the onboarding process of skilled workers coming to the UK for long-term employment is as efficient and economical as possible from start to finish.

 

Skilled Worker Route

What is the Skilled Worker route?

The Skilled Worker route enables licensed employers to sponsor non-UK nationals (including from the European Economic Area (EEA)/Switzerland) to take up skilled positions that cannot be filled from within the resident labour workforce.

Key features

  • Work:additional part-time employment, voluntary work and study is permitted with restrictions.
  • Dependants:the spouse or partner and/or children of Skilled Worker migrants may join or remain with them in UK as dependants. Generally, these individuals may work and study in the UK subject to certain restrictions.
  • Switching: individuals will now be able to switch from within the UK into the Skilled Worker route from most other UK immigration routes.
  • Settle: individuals in this route may extend their stay in the UK indefinitely. After five years of continuous residence in the UK, Skilled Worker migrants may qualify to apply for settlement.

How we can help

We provide a full-service approach tailored to the specific needs of each client with at least two principal lawyers assigned to each matter to ensure that responsive, high-level service is maintained throughout the process.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees

We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual Skilled Worker applications typically range between £1000 – £3,000 and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved. In most cases, these service charges involve assisting the sponsor with the assignment of the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), including acting as a Level 1 User on the sponsorship management system (SMS) and advising on the preparation and evidencing of the sponsor’s compliance with their record keeping and reporting duties. Additionally, we will manage the immigration permission application process from beginning to end.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

Dependants
For dependant application fees, please refer to our Dependants section. Dependants typically incur the same disbursements as main applicants.

What are the Intra-Company Routes?

The Intra-Company routes enable multinational businesses to transfer non-UK (including from the European Economic Area (EEA)/Switzerland) employees from overseas to a UK branch in order to fill a specific vacancy or undertake training. There are two Intra-Company Routes: the Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Route and the Graduate Trainee route.

Key features

  • Work:additional part-time employment, voluntary work and study is permitted subject to some restrictions.
  • Dependants:the spouse or partner and/or children of ICT and Graduate Trainee migrants may join or remain with them in UK as dependants. Generally, these individuals may work and study in the UK subject to certain restrictions.
  • Switching: migrants will now be able to switch from within the UK into the ICT and Graduate Trainee routes from most other UK immigration routes.
  • Remain: leave to remain in the ICT route may be extended to either five years (in any six year period) or nine years (in any ten year period) depending on salary level. Time spent as an ICT or Graduate Trainee migrant does not lead to settlement.

How we can help

We work with businesses of all sizes to ensure a smooth transition of overseas employees to positions in the UK. From working with the employer to assign the necessary Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to managing the employee’s application process, we provide high-level service to ensure the best possible outcome.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees

We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual ICT applications typically range between £1,000 – £2,500 and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

Dependants
For dependant application fees, please refer to our Dependants section. Dependants typically incur the same disbursements as main applicants.

 

An overseas parent of a British child or a child settled in the UK may apply to join them in the UK. The child must be under 18 and the applicant must have sole or shared parental responsibility.

Key features 

  • Migrants eligible to apply as partners must apply via that route rather than as parents.
  • Family members can receive leave for up to 2.5 years and may apply to extend their stay.
  • Settlement:leave under this category may lead to settlement.

How we can help

Ensuring our clients are able to live in the UK with their loved ones is of the utmost importance to Barking & Brighton. From the planning stage through to the arrival of their relatives in the UK, we help clients navigate the complex application process.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual parent of a person settled in the UK applications typically range between £2000 – £3000 and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.
  • other ancillary disbursements such as DNA Tests and other evidence.

Global Talent provides a route for highly talented and promising individuals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, medicine, humanities, culture and the arts to live and work in the UK subject to few restrictions.

What is the Global Talent route?

Global Talent provides a route for highly talented and promising individuals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, medicine, humanities, culture and the arts to live and work in the UK subject to few restrictions.

This route replaced the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category – however, individuals who hold Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) status can still make applications for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK in this route.

Key features

  • Work: with limited exceptions, Global Talent migrants may undertake almost any type of employment or self-employment in the UK.
  • Dependants: the spouse or partner and/or children of Global Talent migrants may join or remain with them in UK as dependants. Generally, these individuals may work and study in the UK subject to certain restrictions and all applicable domestic laws and regulations.
  • Switching: migrants will now be able to switch from within the UK into this route from most other UK immigration routes.
  • Settlement: individuals may apply for settlement after three or five years’ continuous residence in the UK (the applicable period of residence will depend on the type of application made).

How we can help

Our team has substantial experience assisting recognised and emerging leaders in their fields come to the UK to live and work. With a considerable track record of working with the Designated Competent Bodies and navigating the complexities of the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category, our team is very well placed to guide clients through the Global Talent endorsement and application processes.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for Global Talent applications and Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) ILR applications typically range between £1,000 – £3,000 and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

Dependants
For dependant application fees, please refer to our Dependants section. Dependants typically incur the same disbursements as main applicants.

Representative of an Overseas Business Route

What is a representative of an overseas business?

Overseas nationals may apply for immigration permission to enter the UK as a representative of an overseas business in two ways:

  • as the sole representative of an overseas business in order to establish a branch or wholly owned subsidiary of that business in the UK; or
  • as an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation in order to undertake a long-term assignment in the UK.

Key features

  • Work: Representatives of overseas businesses are permitted to work in the UK for their overseas employer for an initial period of three years, with an option of extending their leave in two-year increments thereafter.
  • Dependants: Spouses or partner and/or children may join or remain in the UK as dependants of main applicants. Subject to some restrictions, dependants may work and study in the UK.
  • Settlement: After five years’ continuous residence in the UK in this route, applicants and their dependants may apply for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain).

How we can help

As overseas businesses look to grow, it is vital that key employees can quickly obtain permission to work in the UK to support expansion. It is equally important that employees of overseas media organisations be able to work in the UK for longer than just short-term assignments. Our team has substantial experience and broad knowledge of the complex rules regarding representatives of an overseas business and we are well placed to assist clients from the planning phase through to the onboarding the employee in the UK.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual representative of an overseas business applications typically range between £5,000 – £7,500 and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

Dependants
For dependant application fees, please refer to our Dependants section. Dependants typically incur the same disbursements as main applicants. 

What is the Domestic Worker in a Private Household route?

The Domestic Worker in a Private Household route enables individuals to apply for permission to visit the UK with their employers so they may continue working in their domestic capacity. Domestic workers can include cleaners, cooks, chauffeurs, personal caregivers and nannies.

Key features

  • Work: overseas domestic workers are permitted to visit the UK with their employer for up to six months at a time, but must leave at the end of the six months or when their employer returns home, whichever is sooner.
  • Dependants: individuals under this route are not permitted to bring dependant relatives with them to the UK, and they may not effectively live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent, repeated visits.
  • Settlement:with limited exceptions for legacy applicants, this route does not lead to settlement in the UK.

How we can help

With in-depth knowledge of the rules relating to the Domestic Worker in a Private Household route, our team is well placed to assist clients with obtaining immigration permission in order to be able to continue working in their role whilst their employer is in the UK.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees

We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual applications typically range between £500 – £1,500 and disbursements, depending upon the exact type of application, complexities and urgencies involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

What is the Turkish Worker/Businessperson route?

The Turkish Worker route enables Turkish nationals who have lawfully worked in the UK for at least 12 months to switch into this route and continue working in the UK. The Turkish Businessperson route enables Turkish nationals to either start a new enterprise in the UK or come to the UK to help run an established business.

Both routes are available based upon provisions of the European Communities Association Agreement (ECAA). Following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and from 1 January 2021, new applications under both these categories will no longer be accepted and individuals will instead have to meet the requirements of the post-Brexit immigration system. Extension and settlement applications under the Turkish Worker and Turkish Businessperson categories will however continue to be accepted.

 Key features

  • Work: Individuals under the Turkish Worker route may undertake employment without the requiring Tier 2 sponsorship (subject to meeting certain conditions). Turkish Businesspersons can start a new business or join an existing business in the UK with an active role in running the business.
  • Settlement: Turkish Worker/Businessperson migrants may apply for settlement after five years’ continuous residence in the UK.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for Turkish Worker/Businessperson applications typically range between £5,000 – £10,000 and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

Dependants
For dependant application fees, please refer to our Dependants section. Dependants typically incur the same disbursements as main applicants.

Other Work Routes

Apart from the work routes, there are several other immigration routes which enable overseas nationals to work in the UK without the need to be sponsored by a Licenced Organisation. Our team has experience across the full range of these categories and is well placed to pinpoint the most suitable immigration strategy for each client’s specific circumstances. These include Global Talent, Representative of an Overseas Business, Domestic worker, UK Ancestry and Turkish Worker/Businessperson.

What is the Sportsperson route?

The International Sportsperson route enables licensed sports organisations to sponsor top tier athletes and coaches from overseas to work in the UK.

Key features

  • Work:additional part-time employment, voluntary work and study is permitted subject to some restrictions.
  • Dependants:the spouse or partner and/or children of T2 Sportsperson migrants may join or remain with them in UK as dependants. Generally, these individuals may work and study in the UK subject to certain restrictions and all applicable domestic laws and regulations.
  • Switching: migrants will now be able to switch from within the UK into this route from most other UK immigration routes.
  • Settlement:in most cases, T2 Sportsperson migrants may stay for up to a total of six years. After five years of continuous residence in the UK, individuals in this sub-route may qualify to apply for settlement.
  • A 12-month exclusion period applies in most instances before applicants may reapply for leave under this route.

How we can help

With an extensive knowledge about the complexities of Sportsperson applications, our solicitors advise clients from the planning phase through to the athlete or coach’s arrival in the UK.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual T2 Sportsperson applications typically range between £3,500 – £5,000 plus VAT and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

Dependants
For dependant application fees, please refer to our Dependants section. Dependants typically incur the same disbursements as main applicants.

 

Short term work

T5 provides a variety of excellent options for overseas nationals seeking to undertake short-term work in the UK. Whether the individual is a recent graduate, looking for a career change or seeking to benefit from the UK’s participation in the Youth Mobility Scheme, our UK Team can help navigate the full range of options available and help clients determine which route would best meet their specific needs.

What is the Graduate route?

The Graduate route enables international graduates to stay and work in the UK for at least 2 years after completing their studies. Students must have completed a degree at undergraduate level (or above) at a Higher Education Provider with a track record of compliance and must have completed the entirety of their course in the UK (with limited exceptions).

Key features

  • Work:any work in the UK is permitted, apart from work as a professional sportsperson.
  • Dependants:new dependants are not allowed, but a dependant already in the UK as a Student dependant may apply to become a Graduate dependant.
  • Switching: individuals may switch to the Skilled Worker route if they meet the relevant requirements.
  • Settlement:time spent under this route does not lead to settlement in the UK, but time spent under the category can count towards 10 years lawful residence in the UK for ILR purposes.

How we can help

We provide a full-service approach tailored to the specific needs of each client with at least two principal lawyers assigned to each matter to ensure that responsive, high-level service is maintained throughout the process.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual Graduate applications typically range between £1,000 -£1500 and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

Dependants
For dependant application fees, please refer to our Dependants section. Dependants typically incur the same disbursements as main applicants.

What is a representative of an overseas business?

Overseas nationals may apply for immigration permission to enter the UK as a representative of an overseas business in two ways:

  • as the sole representative of an overseas business in order to establish a branch or wholly owned subsidiary of that business in the UK; or
  • as an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation in order to undertake a long-term assignment in the UK.

Key features

  • Work: Representatives of overseas businesses are permitted to work in the UK for their overseas employer for an initial period of three years, with an option of extending their leave in two-year increments thereafter.
  • Dependants: Spouses or partner and/or children may join or remain in the UK as dependants of main applicants. Subject to some restrictions, dependants may work and study in the UK.
  • Settlement: After five years’ continuous residence in the UK in this route, applicants and their dependants may apply for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain).

How we can help

As overseas businesses look to grow, it is vital that key employees can quickly obtain permission to work in the UK to support expansion. It is equally important that employees of overseas media organisations be able to work in the UK for longer than just short-term assignments. Our team has substantial experience and broad knowledge of the complex rules regarding representatives of an overseas business and we are well placed to assist clients from the planning phase through to the onboarding the employee in the UK.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual representative of an overseas business applications typically range between £5,000 – £7,500 and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

Dependants
For dependant application fees, please refer to our Dependants section. Dependants typically incur the same disbursements as main applicants. 

The T5 (Temporary Worker) route includes the following sub-routes:

  • Creative and Sporting;
  • Charity Workers;
  • Religious Worker;
  • Government Authorised Exchange;
  • International Agreement Workers; and
  • Seasonal Workers.

Key features

  • Work:T5 (Temporary Worker) migrants must be sponsored by a licensed T5 employer.
  • Settlement:time spent under these sub-routes does not directly lead to settlement in the UK, but this time can count towards ten years lawful residence in the UK for ILR purposes.

 

How we can help

Our diverse experience in this route ranges from assisting interns with obtaining sponsorship to guiding creative workers and athletes through the application process from start to finish.

 

Our legal fees

Fixed fees
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual T5 (Temporary Worker) applications typically range between £1,000 – £1,500 and disbursements, depending on the sub-route as well as the specific issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.

What is the T5 Youth Mobility Scheme sub-route?

T5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) is one of the main sub-routes for the T5 (Temporary Worker) route. This sub-route enables migrants from specific countries aged between 18 and 30 to live and work in the UK for up to two years. Indians and Icelandic Migrants are now welcome.

Key features

  • Work:with certain limitations, T5 YMS migrants may be employed, self-employed or study in the UK.
  • Dependants:individuals in this route may not bring dependants.
  • Settlement:the scheme does not lead to settlement in the UK, but time spent under the sub-route can count towards ten years lawful residence in the UK for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) purposes.

How we can help

Our UK Team is experienced at handling a wide spectrum of T5 YMS matters ranging from straightforward cases to those with issues relating to previous refusals and unspent criminal convictions. We carefully guide clients through the application process to ensure as smooth and expeditious an experience as possible.

Our legal fees

Fixed fees
We work on a fixed fee basis. Our fees for individual T5 YMS applications typically range between £1,000 – £1,500 and disbursements depending upon the issues, urgencies and complexities involved.

Disbursements
You can expect the main disbursements to include:

  • Home Office filing fees
  • Immigration Health Surcharge fees, if applicable;
  • Optional premium service fees for in-countryand out-of-country applications; and
  • other ancillary disbursements such as UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) fees, biometric enrolment, translations, courier and postage charges, etc.