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UK Visa Application

Specialist Legal Support for Your UK Visa Application

Whether your business is already established in the UK or you are looking to set up operations here, our specialist solicitors will guide you through the complexities of the UK’s immigration laws and support you with your UK visa application. Our team prides itself on its record of working with employers of all shapes, sizes and types and ensuring that our advice is tailored to your needs.

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Overview of the UK Immigration System

Written by specialist solicitors, our UK visa application guide will give you an overview of:

  • the UK immigration system
  • the visa categories that are relevant to businesses employing workers from overseas
  • trends in UK immigration law and anticipated changes affecting businesses

You can also download a PDF of the guide. 

Who Has the Right to Work in the UK?

  • British citizens
  • those who have been granted indefinite leave to remain
  • those who have acquired permanent residence in the UK
  • citizens of Switzerland, EU and EEA countries and their family members

That position will continue while the UK remains a member of the EU and potentially during a transitional period agreed with the EU after the UK’s exit. Everyone else must be granted permission, or ‘leave’, to enter or remain in the UK. 

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How to Get Permission to Work in the UK

Leave to enter or remain in the UK is granted by UK Visas & Immigration, the operational command of the Home Office responsible for immigration control in the UK.

That leave is granted in accordance with Immigration Rules approved by Parliament. The Rules set out the criteria to be met and the conditions which will be attached to the immigration status granted to successful applicants.

Many categories require the applicant to apply for entry clearance (a visa) demonstrating that they meet the requirements of the Immigration Rules before travelling to the UK.

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UK Visas and Immigration Categories Permitting Work

Other Options

Sometimes you may be able to send an individual to the UK without the need for sponsorship or an endorsement.

Individuals who may qualify for a visa include:

  • Spouse or long-term partner of a British citizen
  • Spouse or long-term partner of an EEA national
  • Spouse or long-term partner of someone being granted a work visa
  • Citizens from Commonwealth countries with a grandparent who was born in the UK (UK Ancestry)

The requirements, length of visa and eligibility for indefinite leave to remain depend on the category the individual is applying under.

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What Else Should Overseas Businesses Consider?

For specialist support with your UK visa application, contact Tom Brett Young today on +44 (0)121 227 3759 or complete the below form. 

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Our experienced team of immigration lawyers offer tailored immigration advice and guidance for both your business immigration and personal immigration requirements.

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Tom Brett Young - Partner & Specialist Immigration Solicitor in Birmingham - VWV Solicitors

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Judith Hockin - Immigration Solicitor in Bristol - VWV Law Firm

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