UK work visas allow you to work in the UK on a short or long-term basis depending upon your skills, qualifications and the nature of your job/work. If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national and you are interested in working in the UK, you will need to apply for a UK work visa.

Whether you want to apply for, switch, or extend a work visa from inside or outside the UK, our immigration solicitors can help with your work visa application.

Our team of experienced UK work visa solicitors is here to guide you through the process, ensuring you have the best chance of obtaining the visa you need to pursue your career in the United Kingdom.

What are the most common types of UK work visas?

The UK offers various types of work visas to individuals with different skills, qualifications, and employment circumstances. Here are some of the common types of UK work visas:

Above is a list of some of the most popular UK work visa categories, and each visa type may have specific eligibility criteria and requirements. Additionally, immigration policies can be subject to change, and new visa categories may be introduced. Therefore, it's important to consult immigration solicitors for the most up-to-date details.

Temporary work visas

Health and Care Worker visa

The Health and Care Worker visa is a type of UK work visa specifically designed for healthcare professionals who want to work in the United Kingdom with the NHS, an NHS supplier or in adult social care. It was introduced by the UK government to attract skilled and qualified healthcare workers from around the world.

Whether you want to apply, switch, or extend your Health and Care Worker visa, our immigration solicitors in London can provide the legal assistance you need. Speak to an immigration lawyer at 0203 417 3700 for confidential immigration advice.

Here are some common types of applications related to the Health and Care Worker visa:

Skilled Worker visa

The Skilled Worker visa, formerly known as “Tier 2 (General) Work visa” permits overseas workers to work in the UK with an approved employer. To be eligible for a Skilled Worker visa, the applicant must have a confirmed job offer from a Home Office licenced sponsor (Employer).

Our team of expert immigration solicitors in London deals with all types of UK Skilled Worker visa applications including:

Graduate visa

The Graduate Visa UK, also known as the “graduate route visa” and “post-study work”, provides international graduates of UK universities with the chance to stay and work in the country for up to two years following the completion of their studies.

The objective of this visa is to allow graduates to gain valuable work experience and build a foundation for their careers within the UK.

Learn more about Graduate visa and eligibility requirements.

Innovator Founder visa

The Innovator Founder visa is a type of UK work visa designed for experienced entrepreneurs who want to set up and run an innovative business in the United Kingdom.

To be eligible to apply for a UK innovator visa, you must be able to demonstrate that your business idea is new, innovative, viable, and scalable.

Learn more about the Innovator Founder visa and eligibility requirements.

Global Talent visa

The Global Talent visa is a type of work visa offered by the United Kingdom to individuals who are recognised as leaders or potential leaders in the fields of academia or research, arts & culture, or digital technology. The visa is designed to attract highly skilled individuals and talented professionals to contribute to the growth and innovation in the UK.

Learn more about the Global Talent visa and eligibility requirements.

How to apply for a UK work visa?

Applying for a work visa in the UK involves several steps. Here is a general guide on how to apply for a work visa:

  • Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the work visa depending on the type of application and your circumstances. If not sure, our immigration solicitors can help.
  • Prepare Supporting Documents: Gather the necessary documents, including your valid passport, COS, proof of English language proficiency, and evidence of your qualifications and job offer.
  • Complete the Online Application: Fill out the online visa application form on the official UK government website. Provide accurate information and upload all the supporting documents.
  • Biometric Information: Schedule and attend a biometric appointment to provide your fingerprints and a photograph.
  • Pay Visa Fees: Pay the relevant visa application fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge.
  • Wait for a Decision: After submitting your application, wait for a decision. You will be notified once a decision has been made.

Immigration policies may change, so it's essential to consult with qualified immigration solicitors or lawyers.

How can immigration solicitors help with your UK work visa applications?

Immigration solicitors play a crucial role in assisting individuals with their UK Work visa applications. Here's how we can help:

Initial Consultation

You can book a consultation session with our highly experienced UK immigration solicitors for detailed legal advice. During the consultation session, we will discuss your matter in detail and that will give you a clear understanding of the available visa options based on your qualifications and goals.

Legal Expertise

Our team of immigration solicitors have in-depth knowledge of UK immigration laws and policies. We can provide accurate and up-to-date information on eligibility criteria, documentation requirements, and the overall application process.

Case Assessment

We can assess your circumstances and advise you on the most suitable work visa category. We will evaluate your qualifications, job offer, and any other relevant factors to ensure you meet the criteria for a UK Worker visa.

Documentation Assistance

UK work visa applications often require extensive documentation. Our solicitors can help you gather and organise the necessary documents, ensuring that you submit a comprehensive and well-prepared application.

Application Submission

Our solicitors are experienced in completing and submitting visa applications. We can navigate the application forms, ensuring all details are accurate and in compliance with immigration regulations.

Communication with Authorities

Our immigration solicitors can act as intermediaries between you and the immigration authorities. We can handle correspondence, respond to queries, and address any concerns that may arise during the processing of your application.

Employer Sponsorship

If your application is based on a job offer from a UK employer, our work visa solicitors can assist both you and your employer in the sponsorship process. This includes obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship and ensuring compliance with sponsor duties.

Appeals and Challenges

In the event of a visa application rejection, our solicitors can guide you through the appeals process. We can help you understand the reasons for rejection and work on addressing any issues to improve the chances of a successful appeal.

How to contact a UK work visa solicitor?

If you have any questions or need assistance with your UK work visa application, call us on 0203 417 3700 or email us at Our team of immigration solicitors can assist you with all your legal needs related to your UK work visa application.

We provide expert advice, practical assistance, and professional representation to guide you through the application and decision-making process, from start to finish. 

We're authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), so you know you're in safe hands.