How to Get a U.K Sponsorship Visa Uncovered
If you’re planning to move to the U.K., you may have heard about the U.K’s Work Permit and U.K Sponsorship Visa programs and wonder how the two differ from each other, which one will be best for you, and whether you should apply under one or both of them. Here’s what you need to know about each of these visa types in order to get the answers to these questions and decide on which visa program is best for your situation.
What is a U.K Sponsorship Visa?
In order to obtain a U.K visa first, you must secure sponsorship from a corporate business or organization based in England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland. Your prospective sponsor will need to satisfy several strict conditions and requirements, such as having sufficient financial capital and meeting legal criteria (e.g., no criminal record). It can be time-consuming and difficult—but it’s doable if you have an excellent business proposal and plenty of energy and grit!
Who can apply for this visa?
The Tier 2 (General) visa is aimed at skilled workers with ‘experience, qualifications or training’ that make them eligible for jobs in skilled areas. You must have a certificate of sponsorship from an employer who has been licensed by UKVI. You can work in any job, although you will need your employer to help you apply for your visa and settle your status if you wish to stay long-term and become settled here.
Requirements for applying for U.K Job Sponsorship Visa?
To be eligible for U.K visa sponsorship you must have at least three years of work experience in your specialist field and have worked in a professional environment where you have had some direct responsibilities such as leading others or being responsible for teams of workers.
It is also very important that you are able to speak English well enough so that you can communicate with other employees, customers, suppliers, etc.
You will also need to provide proof of your qualifications and explain why it is not possible for you to take up employment in your own country.
You will need to show that it is necessary for you to leave your home country because there are no suitable jobs available there or because it would be impossible for you to obtain permission from an employer there who would sponsor you on a permanent basis.
Three steps to getting a U.K Job sponsorship visa
Firstly, you need to have full health insurance coverage before going for a visa check-in (this process can take up to 3 months). This is required because as per UK immigration laws, every foreign applicant must be in good health and must not cost NHS any time and money.
Secondly, you need to get an offer letter from your prospective employer stating that they will sponsor your application for a work permit. Thirdly, you will need to get your bank statements and payslips showing that you are earning enough income on a monthly basis which is at least £18000 ($25000) per year.
You also need to show that there are no other dependents who are dependent on your income. Once all these documents are submitted with your application form then only you will be issued with a sponsorship visa. The whole process takes about 8-10 weeks.
Documents required for U.K Job Sponsorship Visa
The following are general guidelines for documentation requirements. The list of documents required varies depending on your particular circumstances and may include additional or different documents than those listed below. All sponsors should use these as a general guide:
Documents that are accepted by all UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) offices as suitable evidence of your ability to financially support yourself and any dependants without recourse to public funds include Evidence of savings, bank statements, or other forms of investment income. This can be in any form including bank accounts, certificates of deposit (CDs), stocks and shares, bonds, etc.;
Evidence of an available credit line with a UK-based financial institution;
A letter from your employer confirming you have been offered employment in the UK at an appropriate salary;
Proof that you have accommodation in place in the UK; If you are applying under Tier 1 Entrepreneur route:
A copy of your business plan; Confirmation from HMRC that you have registered for VAT if applicable; Confirmation from Companies House that you have registered as self-employed if applicable; Your curriculum vitae (CV);
A certified copy of your academic qualifications/certificates e.g. degree certificate(s).
You must also submit a certified translation of any document which is not in English or Welsh;
A certified copy of your birth certificate;
One passport-sized photograph.
It is best to bring several copies with you when attending an appointment so that one can be given to each member of staff processing your application, rather than having to make multiple visits during which time further photographs will need to be taken.