Overview of Sector based work permits
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- Since 1 May 2004, nationals of the new EU Accession Countries are able to work freely in the UK under the worker registration scheme. If you are a UK employer looking for staff call the Latvian office on +371 7814121
Please note that the SBS currently only applies to nationals from
Bulgaria and Romania. The programme was scheduled to be phased out by
31 December, 2007, but was retained for both nations upon their
accession to the European Union on 01 January, 2007.
sector based scheme is in many ways similar to the normal work permit
scheme. Please see below some key facts about this scheme:
- You must be a national of Bulgaria or Romania.
- The initial application is made to Work Permits UK in the UK.
- You will have to be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old.
- The work permit is issued for a maximum of twelve months.
- The employer will need to advertise to show a shortage of people to fill the vacancies in the UK market.
- The employer will have to pay a Government Fee
of GBP74 for each work permit issued unless the employee is a citizen
of any of the following Countries: Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Turkey
(countries other than Bulgaria or Romania concern those already working
in the UK under the SBS before the latest changes to the scheme).
work permit is limited to twelve months after which you are expected to
leave the UK (you can come back on the sector based work permit after
- Unless you are already in the UK under a sector
based work permit you will have to physically enter the UK with the
work permit and, in addition apply on the basis of a newly issued work
permit at your nearest British Embassy or Consulate.
- You can
change employer as long as the new employer meets the requirements to
gain a new work permit and, if relevant, pays the Government fee. If
you employ nationals from certain Countries you are exempt from the Government fee requirements.
- You cannot bring a spouse and dependents to the UK under the sector based work permit scheme.
amount of time spent on this scheme will not count towards gaining
permanent residence in the UK (possibly under the ten year long residence rules).
Are you an employer looking for suitable people? Call us on 020 7842 0800.
Are you looking for work? Go to the workpermit.com employment center. The only internet employment center designed for people wishing to live and work abroad.
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