Tier 1 – High Net Worth Migrant
This visa category is applicable to investors, entrepreneurs and highly skilled professionals who wish to live and or work in the UK.
Exceptional Talent – For people from outside the EU who are internationally recognised as world leaders or potential world leaders in the fields of science and the arts, and who wish to work in the UK.
Entrepreneur – For non-European migrants who want to invest in the UK by establishing or taking over, and actively being involved in the running of, a business or businesses in the UK. This visa is valid for up to 3 years and 4 months. The capital requirement is a minimum of £ 200,000.
Investor – For high-net-worth individuals who want to make a substantial financial investment in the UK. The capital requirement is a minimum of £ 2,000,000.
Graduate Entrepreneur – Allows non-European graduates, identified by UK higher education institutions as having developed world class innovative ideas or entrepreneurial skills, to extend their stay in the UK after graduation to establish a businesses in the UK.
Tier 2 – Skilled Migrant
This visa category is applicable to skilled professionals who wish to work in the UK.
General – For foreign nationals who have been offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce that cannot be filled by a settled worker. The minimum salary requirement is £ 20,800 per annum.
Minister of religion – For people who have been offered employment or posts or roles within their faith communities in the UK as ministers of religion undertaking preaching and pastoral work, missionaries or members of religious orders. This visa requires proof of English competence at the A1 level.
Sportsperson – For elite sportspeople and coaches who are internationally established at the highest level, and will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport. Any application needs to be endorsed by the sport’s governing body. This visa requires proof of English competence at the A1 level.
Intra company transfer – For employees of multinational companies who are being transferred by their overseas employer to a UK branch of the organisation, either on a long-term basis or for frequent short visits. For professionals who will be in the UK for the long term a minimum salary of £ 41,500 per annum is required or for short visits £24,800 per annum.
Tier 3 – Temporary Work for Unskilled Workers
Employment of unskilled workers who are not European citizens – temporarily suspended.
Tier 5 – Temporary Work for Professionals
This category of visa is applicable for temporary work in the UK.
Creative and sporting – For people coming to the UK to work or perform as sports people, entertainers or creative artists for up to 12 months.
Charity workers – For people coming to the UK to do voluntary (unpaid) work for a charity. The work must be directly related to the work of the sponsoring organisation.
Religious – For people coming to the UK to work temporarily as a religious worker.
Government authorised exchange – For people coming to the UK under approved schemes that aim to share knowledge, experience and best practice, and to experience the social and cultural life of the UK.
International agreement – For people coming to the UK under a contract to do work that is covered under international law, including the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), similar agreements between the UK and another country, employees of overseas governments and international organisations and private servants in diplomatic households.
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