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The first thing you need to know is that you, as an employee
(or potential employee) can not apply for a UK work permit. A UK work permit
application must be made by the UK firm which wants to employ you. There has
been much discussion in the UK about introducing a points based independent
immigration system for skilled staff, similar to that offered by Canada and
Australia. Unfortunately, that has not yet occurred, and while we do have a
pilot scheme for exceptionally talented individuals it is of very limited use.
If you do not yet have an employer lined up, don’t worry:
- You may be entitled to another sort of visa
which will allow you to work in the UK without having to get a work permit
– For details of such visas consult our general
guide to UK immigration.
- If you are an IT professional with a degree or
and 3+ years of experience there are many companies in the UK who may be
keen to recruit you and will be happy to obtain the necessary work permit
for you – For details of international IT jobs
- If you go job-hunting like any other would-be
employee, just check in this guide to see if you are eligible for a work
permit. If you are, you can tell potential employers that you will get
workpermit.com to arrange the permit, and that you should be available to
start work within 1-2 months of receiving a job offer.
- If you are a national of a European Community (EC) Association Agreement
country (Bulgaria or Romania) you may come to the UK to set up in business
and are exempt from the usual investment requirements. Thus may it viable
for you to come to set up an IT consulting / contracting company and to work
in a freelance capacity. However, applications to enter the UK in this
capacity will often take several months to process, and are only viable for
those who combine technical skills with business experience. Go to our guide
to freelance work in the UK for EC Association Agreement nationals.
Once you do get a work permit, it is not a general permission
to work in the UK. It is specific to the employer who applied for it. If you
have a UK work permit and want to change jobs, you will first need another
permit which will need to be obtained by your new prospective employer.
You may come across employers who say "we don’t deal
with candidates who need work permits – go and arrange your own work permit
and then come back to us". Such employers are asking you to do the
impossible, but don’t worry – if you contact workpermit.com we will be happy
to contact them and clarify the position.
If you have questions about the work permit process, please
Click Here to return to this guide’s index.
If you have an employer and are in a hurry and just want to
go ahead with an assessment / application, please Click Here for details of what
What is the difference between a Work Permit and a visa?