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Visa Advice and Work Permits


Who needs a Work Permit?

How to Apply for a Work Permit?

Rules of the Work Permit

Exceptions

Useful Links

Who needs a Work Permit?

If you are an EEA National, you can work in the UK without a work permit. The EEA consists of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus,Czech Republic, Denmark,Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

If you are not a citizen of these counties you will need a work permit.

 

How to Apply for a Work Permit

Only the company offering you employment can apply for a work permit on your behalf.

Once an offer of employment has been made, the company must contact the Overseas Labour Service (OLS), a division of the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) to apply for the work permit.

You can not apply for your own permit, nor can Beechwood assist in this matter.

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Rules of the Work Permit

Work permits are normally only issued for jobs requiring high level skills and the company will have to prove that they have been unable to recruit a EU/EEA National for the position.

The work permit will not allow you to take up any work in the UK - it is specific to one job. If you want to change jobs, your new employer must apply for a new Work Permit.

Spouses of work permit holders are entitled to live and work without restriction in the UK.

As employers must consider EU Nationals before looking to non-EU citizens, most of our UK clients are unable to accept applications from those requiring work permits. However, client companies based outside of the UK are not under the same restrictions, so you may be able to apply for these positions.

 

Exceptions

There are some exceptions, where you can work without the above work permit:

  1. Working Holiday Visas - Commonwealth citizens aged 17 to 30 are entitled to admission to the UK for up to two years, however you can only work for up to twelve months of that two year period as working holidaymakers.
  2. Ancestry Visas - Commonwealth citizens with a grandparent born in the UK are entitled to apply for a 4 year work visa based on their UK ancestry. This allows you to take up any type of employment. After 4 years in the UK you are generally eligible for permanent residence.


Useful Links

Foreign & Commonwealth Office Home
British government department responsible for overseas relations and foreign affairs, through its headquarters in London and its Embassies. http://www.fco.gov.uk

UK visas
UKvisas is a joint Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office unit which runs the UK's visa service through British diplomatic Posts overseas. http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk

The United Kingdom Passport Service
If you live in the UK you can use this website for all your passport needs. HM Passport Office

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