So you want to come to Europe?
Immigration from Kenya into Europe is not
that easy. Just getting a visa to leave the country is hard enough,
let alone be granted European entry. Despite its long British history,
if you are from Kenya and want to come to UK, its a minefield of obstructions
and delays.Your first approach and the best way to get a feel for European
countries like UK, is to seek a two year working holiday
maker visa. These are the easiest to obtain but
only if you are between 17 and 30 years of age.
British Work permits enable non-EU citizens
to live and work in the UK in a pre-defined role for a pre-determined
company. Unlike making an application for a visit visa, it is not
the responsibility of the individual to apply for a work permit in
the UK. A UK work permit application must be submitted by a sponsoring
company in Britain based on a specific offer of employment. You cannot
obtain the permit to work in Great Britain yourself nor can you request
extensions for UK work permits.
A working visa of this kind does not grant
general permission to work in the United Kingdom per se; you may
change your job once you are in the country, but you will need to
obtain a new permit for work based upon a new employment offer.
Global Visas can help you to determine whether
applying for a working permit visa is the right UK immigration service
for you. We can assist you throughout your relocation to the UK and
as specialist UK immigration consultants, we can guide your application
at every stage from immigration lawyer expertise to comprehensive
on arrival services.
Unlike UK visit visas, a permit to work in
the UK grants leave to enter the United Kingdom and to work in Britain.
If you have an offer of employment from a sponsoring company in Great
Britain, you are free to take up employment upon arrival.
This type of UK visa service also allows
an employer to transfer a key staff member to Britain from an overseas
branch. This is known as an Intra-Company Transfer or ICT and permits
the employment of a foreign national, where a position cannot be
filled from the EU work force. For more information on ICT's, please
see the page on Intra-Company Transfers.
This type of visa for work in Great Britain
can be valid for between one day and five years depending on the
length of time requested by the sponsoring company. The duration
of this type of British visa is also at the discretion of the Home
Office. If you have been in the country for five years on your permit,
you may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the
UK (ILR), often known as permanent residency. Having successfully
applied for permanent residence, an applicant would ultimately be
eligible to apply for British naturalization as a UK citizen.
The position for which the application for
a working permit is made must meet NVQ level 3 or above. It may be
necessary that candidates be registered with the governing body of
their profession. For example, a doctor must be GMC registered.
Candidates for a permit for work in Britain
must possess either:
- A degree or equivalent qualification, or
- An HND level qualification which is relevant to the post on
- An HND level qualification which is not relevant to the post
on offer plus one year of relevant full time work experience
at NVQ level 3 and above, or
- Three years of relevant experience at NVQ level 3 and above
UK Entry Clearance:
This is issued to applicants wishing to stay
in the country for six months or more. This takes the form of a vignette
or sticker placed in a passport at a UK immigration visa issuing
post overseas (normally a British embassy or consulate). The applicant
must have already been granted further leave to remain in the United
Further Leave to Remain (FLR):
For those applicants in the British Isles
from 1 April 2004, UK working permits alone are no longer valid as
an individual's submission for FLR. The responsibility lies with
the Permit holder to complete the FLR (IED) form in order to apply.
The Permit holder and not the company sponsoring the application
must complete the FLR (IED) form.
Processing times for the FLR (IED) can vary
and you should contact Global Visas for the latest update.
Employers who require a person to fill a
position on the shortage list do not have to advertise to fill their
vacancy. For all non-shortage list occupations, the company must
prove they have attempted to recruit from within the resident EU
work force before applying for UK working visas for foreign nationals.
This is usually done by advertising the position for at least 28
days in a national broadsheet newspaper, relevant trade journal or
Spouse / Unmarried Partner :
Spouse immigration and fiance immigration
are permitted under this route, and your unmarried partner can obtain
entry clearance for a Dependency visa. Conditions are similar to
a marriage visa and a De Facto visa in that, parties must be able
to prove that they are married or have been cohabitating, or that
the relationship has been in existence for at least two years prior
to making the application.
Outlined below are some of the alternative
routes to living and working in Britain which do not require a specific
offer of employment. In all cases, more information can be found
on the relevant pages of the site.
The Highly Skilled Migrant Programme, HSMP
is a British immigration service which allows people with specialist
skills to immigrate to the UK. Qualification for the Highly Skilled
Migrant Program is based on a points system, which considers your
academic/professional qualifications, work experience, age, and past/potential
Business Visit Visas:
In cases where representatives of a company
based outside Britain need to visit to act in an advisory, training
or troubleshooting role for their British counterparts, a Business
Visit Visa application may provide an alternative to a permit for
working in the UK. A UK Business visa, often referred to as a travel
visa or tourist visa allows entry to the UK for periods of no longer
than six months at a time. Holders of this type of visiting visa
are prohibited from taking up employment in Great Britain whether
paid or unpaid. However, representatives are permitted to transfer
temporarily to Britain whilst in possession of a visitor visa, so
long as their role does not go beyond training or consultancy and
does not involve a direct advisory role to the company's clients.
A UK Student Visa allows its holder to work
in Great Britain for up to twenty hours per week during term time
and up to forty hours in holiday time.
Working Holiday Visas:
If you are aged between 17 and 30, applications
for UK working holiday visas allow you to enter Great Britain for
an extended holiday of up to 2 years during which time you can enter
employment. This option applies to overseas British citizens or citizens
of a Commonwealth nation or British Independent territory.
To find out more visit the Global Visas
FAQ page on applying for working permits.
Immigration Home page
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