Work in the UK

If you’re not a British national but are thinking of coming to the UK to find work, you need to make sure you’re eligible first as strict measures are in place. 

You may need a visa to come to the UK to visit, study or work.  

Check if you need a UK visa 

If you have a skill or fit one of the UK’s eligibility criteria, getting a work permit should be much easier.  

Skilled Worker visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer. 

This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. 

Health and Care Worker visa allows medical professionals to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with the NHS, an NHS supplier or in adult social care. 

An Intra-company visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job at your employer’s UK branch. 

If you are not sure if you’re eligible, then read the different guides to see if you fit the criteria

Tier 1 – highly skilled 
You can apply for a Tier 1 (Investor) visa if: 

You can no longer apply for a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa. 

Tier 2 – skilled 
You can apply for a Sportsperson visa (T2) if all of the following apply: 

  • you’re an elite sportsperson or qualified coach, who’s recognised by your sport’s governing body as being at the highest level of your profession internationally 
  • your sport’s governing body is endorsing your application 
  • your employment will develop your sport in the UK at the highest level 

You can apply for a Minister of Religion visa (T2) if: 

  • you’ve been offered a job within a faith community (for example as a minister of religion, missionary, or member of a religious order) in the UK 
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements 

Tier 3 – temporary low-skilled 
This program has been temporarily shut down.  

Tier 4 – students 
See studying in the UK. 

Tier 5 – temporary 
You can apply for a Temporary Worker – Charity Worker visa (T5) if: 

This visa has replaced the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Charity Worker) visa. 

You must apply for a Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting visa (T5) if: 

  • you’ve been offered work in the UK as a sportsperson or creative worker 
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements 
  • A creative worker works in the creative industry for example, an actor, dancer, musician or film crew member. 

This visa has replaced the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting) visa. 

You can apply for a Temporary Worker – International Agreement Worker visa (T5) if you’ll be contracted to do work covered by international law or treaty while in the UK. For example, if you’ll be: 

  • working for a foreign government 
  • working as a private servant in a diplomatic household 
  • providing a service under contract as a contractual service supplier or independent professional 
  • You must also meet the other eligibility requirements 

This visa has replaced the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – International Agreement) visa. 

You can apply for a Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange visa (T5) if you: 

This visa has replaced the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange) visa. 

You can apply for a Temporary Worker – Religious Worker visa (T5) if: 

  • you want to do religious work in a non-pastoral role or religious order 
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements 

This visa has replaced the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Religious Worker) visa. 

You can apply for a Seasonal Worker visa (T5) if you want to come to the UK for up to 6 months to do farm work. You’ll need to: 

  • have a sponsor 
  • meet the other eligibility requirements 

This visa has replaced the Tier 5 Seasonal Worker visa. 

You can apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa (T5) if you: 

  • want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years 
  • are aged 18 to 30 
  • have £2,530 in savings 

This visa has replaced the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa 

You can find more information at GOV.UK