UK Immigration and Visa: The Ultimate Guide

It is observed that most of the migrants immigrate to the UK for study, work, business, travel, to join immediate relatives, or for medical treatment. All these reasons to enter the United Kingdom require a visa.

Reasons for UK Immigration in 2022

The United Kingdom is one of those countries that have an incredible quality of life and multicultural cities. Many professionals, skilled workers, job seekers, and students are inclined towards the UK.

One of the major reasons for immigrating to the UK is the huge demand for skilled workers. The other factors that attract you to the UK are its strong economy, vibrant culture, free healthcare via the NHS, some of the best universities, and a passport for global travel.

What is the UK’s immigration policy?

The immigration policy of the United Kingdom is primarily concerned with who can visit the country and who gets to stay. British immigration policy is under the cognizance of UK Visas and Immigration, i.e., UKVI.

Under the new policy of UKVI, skilled workers are now required to follow a points-based system to enter the UK.

What is the process for immigration to the United Kingdom?

Migrating from one place to another is not easy. It is a huge step. After migrating, the UK provides various options to settle down in the destination sought. There are certain criteria set for immigration to the UK. Every candidate is expected to meet these criteria: a good IELTS score, professional behaviour, stable finances, and a clean legal background.

Best in Jobs understands and identifies the legal and correct immigration route to assist every individual through every step taken forward until the end goal is met.

For your ease, we have briefed you step-by-step on the selection and immigration processes.

🔹Submission of CV
🔸After receiving your CV, a virtual introductory meeting will be arranged
🔹In the meeting, your eligibility for the applied role will be thoroughly observed
🔸If sought fit, your application will be taken forward for a mock interview session
🔹In the mock interview, your skills and knowledge will be assessed. This session will be executed and assessed by our experts.
🔸On successfully clearing the mock interview, your CV will be forwarded to the employer
🔹After your CV gets selected by the employer, a final interview will be scheduled
🔸On clearing the final round, if selected, an employment contract will be provided to you by the employer
🔹Go through the employment contract form and offer letter. Revert us with the signed employment contract and offer letter, upon which a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) will be applied for you
🔸You are now eligible to apply for a Tier 2 Visa.

Different UK immigration visa types

A visa is a document that allows you to enter a particular country for work, tourism, stay, or study, be it permanently or temporarily. A UK visa is a key part of your immigration process to the UK. There are 5 Tiers of visas in the UK naming

Tier 1 – High-Value Migrants
Tier 2 – Skilled Workers
Tier 3 – Unskilled Workers
Tier 4 – Adult Students
Tier 5 – Temporary Workers

Out of these 5 tiers of visas, the Tier 2 – Skilled Workers visa is necessary for you.

Skilled Workers Visa

A Tier 2 visa is a work visa issued to skilled workers outside the EEA with a job offer in hand in the UK. This is the most common type of visa for working overseas. The candidates applying for this visa should have a job offer in hand from a licenced sponsor.

*The skilled worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 general work visa.

Eligibility for a Skilled Worker Visa:

✔️ Have a valid “Certificate of Sponsorship” with a properly described job role
✔️ Get a job from the list of eligible job roles for a skilled worker visa

Duration of Stay

This visa permits international workers to take up employment in the UK for 3 years, which can be further extended to 5 years.

Later, on completion of 5 years, you become eligible to apply for permanent residence in the United Kingdom.

Health and Care Worker Visa

This type of visa allows medical professionals, i.e., doctors or nurses, to stay and work in the UK with the NHS.

Eligibility for a Health and Care Worker Visa:

✔️ Be a qualified doctor, nurse or a professional health care assistant
✔️ Required to work in an eligible health or social care job
✔️ Have a valid “Certificate of Sponsorship” with a properly described job role
✔️ Get a job that pays at least the minimum amount required for the role

Duration of Stay

This visa permits international workers to take up employment in the UK for 3 years, which can be further extended to 5 years.

Later, on completion of 5 years, you become eligible to apply for permanent residence in the United Kingdom.

Family Immigration in the UK

If you want your family to move in with you to the UK, then you have to apply for a family visa. You can apply for a visa for your immediate family members, which includes your spouse or children.

Types of Family Visa

Parent Visa

A parent visa can be applied for by an individual who has spent 7 or more continuous years in the UK or is a British citizen. The applicant for this visa should have reached the age of 18 at the time of application.

Spouse Visa

This visa is issued to those individuals who desire to join their spouse or parents, who are either British or refugees or someone under humanitarian protection. The relationship with these individuals shall be either marriage, a durable relationship, or a civil partnership.

Child Visa

This is a visa for the children of settled people living in the UK. A child visa is issued to those with dependent children living in the UK.

Immigration Problems in the UK

You might face some issues in the process of immigration in the UK where your visa might get delayed or rejected. In case your visa gets delayed or rejected, you can contact UKVI and also keep track of your application status online.

If you overstay your visa, it means you continue to live in the UK even after the expiration of your visa. In such a scenario, you are expected to leave the country within 30 days from the date of the expiration of your visa.

UK Immigration Questions and Answers

Q1. What UK visa do I need to work in the UK?
A1. To work in the UK, you would require a Tier 2–Skilled Worker Visa or Health and Care Worker Visa.

Q2. How long UK visa takes?
A2. To receive your visa, it is observed that, on average, 6 to 8 weeks are required. It might take even longer.

Q3. How much UK visa cost?
A3. The standard application fee for health care workers depends on whether you’ll be in the UK for:

• up to 3 years – £247 per person
• more than 3 years – £479 per person

If you’re applying from outside the UK, the standard fee depends on whether you’ll be in the UK for:

• up to 3 years – £625 per person
• more than 3 years – £1,235 per person

Healthcare surcharge – You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge for each year of your stay which amounts to £624 per year.

Q4. Which UK visa to apply for?
A4. You have to apply for a skilled worker visa and a doctor’s and care worker’s visa shall be applied for.

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