Work visa – Bussiness in the UK

Brandon Consultancy Immigration & Employment UK is providing various  visa immigration and business related consultancy services to companies and foreign nationals who live and work in the UK or want to immigrate in the UK.

What is a Work Visa?

If you want to come to the UK to work, to set up a business and pursue your career, to invest, or to live and work as an entrepreneur, then you may wish to consider a work visa. This can lead to settlement.

A ‘working visa’ is a generic term and the correct type of visa depends on your age, English language ability, qualifications, previous and future salary, work experience and maintenance funds.

The new Point Based System (PBS) has five tiers:

In order to be granted entry clearance, or to extend or vary a leave to remain in the UK, applicants will need to achieve the number of points specified for the tier that is most appropriate for them. Points will be awarded for various criteria specific to each tier. See each tier linked above for more details.

The main working visa categories are included under what is known as the “Points Based System”. This will allow you and your family to live and work in the UK. We can assist you with applications whilst you hold status in another category should you wish to switch into a working category or extend your current visa under the same category or simply enter from abroad into such a category.
According to these requirements you can access different Work Visas depending on your personal circumstances.

How we can help with your Tier application

 We can represent you at any level of your UK residence and citizenship application.

We offer our clients two different services:

The first option consists of a comprehensive service including advice about the procedure, documents required, assistance with completing the form, collation of evidence and representations outlining to the Home Office how the requirements are satisfied.

The second option is for those applicants who are confident with their applications and who merely want us to double check the application form and documents to ensure everything is in order and to advise of any potential weaknesses of the application so as to minimise chances of refusal.

Documents you need before you can work in the UK

To visit the UK you may need a visa. If you want to work here you may need a work permit. You may also have to register with the UK Home Office UK Border Agency (UKBA) while you are here.


If you are not a British citizen or a European Economic Area (EEA) citizen, or a Swiss national, you may need a visa before you can visit the UK.

You can apply for a visa at a British Overseas Mission in your own country. If you are approved, the visa will be put in your passport.

Having a visa does not always mean you can work in the UK. If the visa says ‘prohibited’ on it you will need a work permit to work in the UK.

Work permits

You don’t need a permit to work in the UK if you are any of the following:

a British citizen

an EEA citizen

a Swiss national

If you are from another country you will need a work permit before you can work in the UK.

You can’t apply for a permit yourself – your employer (the person you work for) in the UK has to apply for you. How long your permit lasts depends on the work you do and the type of permit.

If you are a student

If you’re an international student you may be allowed to work here when you’re studying.

If you have a student visa you can work here:

outside term time up to 20 hours a week during term time (but you can work more than 20 hours if the work is part of your course or is an internship)

If you do work, you can’t:

provide services as a professional sportsperson or entertainer

take a permanent, full-time position

run a business

work for yourself (self-employed)

If you are highly skilled but not an EEA citizen or a Swiss National and you want a permanent job in the UK you will need to apply under a points-based system. The points-based system for highly skilled migrants does not apply if you are applying for a temporary job.

If you are from Bulgaria or Romania

If you’re from Bulgaria or Romania you will usually need to get permission before you start work in the UK as an employee.

If you are self-employed you must contact HM Revenue & Customs immediately to register for tax purposes. There is a fine for late registration.

 Working in the UK

Most of work-based categories are part of the UK’s points-based system for immigration.

If you want to visit the UK for a short time as a businessperson, sportsperson or entertainer, you may be able to come here as a visitor.

Most of our work-based categories are part of the UK’s points-based system for immigration.

If you want to visit the UK for a short time as a businessperson, sportsperson or entertainer, you may be able to come here as a visitor.

Investors, entrepreneurs, exceptionally talented people and recent graduates from UK universities can apply to enter or stay in the UK without needing a job offer – but you will need to pass a points-based assessment.

If you have been offered a skilled job in the UK and your prospective employer is willing to sponsor you, you can apply to come or remain here to do that job.

If an employer in the UK is willing to sponsor you, or if you are a national of a country that participates in the youth mobility scheme, you may be eligible to come and work in the UK for a short period.

You can also apply to work in the UK as a domestic worker; as the sole representative of an overseas firm; or as a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation.

Restrictions on working

 Students on courses lasting 6 months or longer usually have their passports stamped with a ‘restriction’ on working.

Students with a ‘restriction’ on working:

are automatically allowed to work while studying in the UK, for a maximum 20 hours a week during term time

are permitted to work full-time during college vacations

are also allowed to do sandwich placements and short internships.

Students on short courses can also request to have a ‘restriction’ on working (otherwise they will have a ‘prohibition’ and will not be allowed to work at all).

Entering or Staying to Study

The immigration rules provide for children and adults to apply for leave to enter or remain in order to study in the United Kingdom.

Turkish citizens can benefit from a European agreement with Turkey if they want to establish themselves in business in the UK, or if they are already working here legally.

If you are a Commonwealth citizen and at least one of your grandparents was born in the UK, you can apply to come here to work.

Working for yourself (self-employed)

If you work for yourself in the UK, or set up your own business in the UK, you are ‘self-employed’. You must register with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and pay your own tax and National Insurance.

Registering with HM R & C

To register with HMRC, you first need to have a National Insurance number.

If you do not have a National Insurance number, please contact Jobcentre Plus on Tel 0845 600 0643 to arrange an Evidence of Identity interview.

When you register with HMRC they will use the information you provide to set up the right tax and National Insurance records for you. You’ll then receive a Unique Taxpayer Reference, which you need to keep in a safe place. You’ll need it when you complete your Self Assessment tax return and whenever you get in touch with HMRC. Follow the link below to find out how to register.

How to pay tax and National Insurance

If you work for yourself you pay tax by filling in a form called a Self Assessment tax return once a year to tell HMRC what you have earned.

You usually pay Class 2 National Insurance contributions to HMRC directly and Class 4 National Insurance contributions through Self Assessment by completing your tax return.

There are different types of tax return forms. If you are self-employed you always complete:

the main tax return forms SA100 and SA101

the self-employment pages SA103S or SA103F (which one you complete depends on how much money you earn)

You may also have to fill in other pages, depending on your situation. HMRC uses the information on your tax return to work out your tax bill, or you can work it out yourself.

It is very important to keep records of what you have earned and what you have spent. HMRC might ask to see these records.

The easiest way to fill out a tax return is online because your tax is worked out for you automatically and you can select the pages you need. You can find out more about Self Assessment and the benefits of completing your tax return online by following the links below.

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