Working in the UK

UK immigration law is constantly changing and, therefore, specialist advice is essential.

Perhaps the clearest example of the ways in which immigration law constantly changes relates to people wanting to come to the UK to work. Routes are closed down or changed all the time, and rules that apply one week may not apply the next.

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People wanting to come to the UK to work short term or long term, or to invest in the UK or because they have particular skills and talents to offer need to come within the Points Based System (PBS). Each area (tier) of the PBS has its own specific rules and guidance that Home Office decision makers must follow. Each tier also requires you to make an application in a particular way to be successful. Failing to meet those rules and requirements could result in your application being delayed or refused, and you not being able to come to the UK as you would wish.

If you do not demonstrate how you satisfy the requirements of leave to enter or remain in the UK within your particular category under the PBS, your application may be refused, with effects for you and your family.

The Home Office provides Guidance and further information in respect of the relevant requirements, for example:

However, please do not assume that the words used in this Guidance or the Immigration Rules are always interpreted in the way you would interpret them. Some apparently ordinary words may have a different or specific meaning when applied by the Home Office or once clarified by the Tribunals and courts.

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Unfortunately, if you make a serious mistake in your application (however innocent or unintentional), not only that your application may be refused but you may also be banned from the UK for up to 10 years. Due to the potential exchange of information between different countries, an application refused by the UK Home Office may also affect your chances of getting a visa for other countries. It is, therefore, always much better to properly prepare and invest in the initial application. This should secure a positive and desired outcome first time and avoid significant negative consequences (including extra costs, delays, stress and bans) for failing to do so.

Investing in specialist knowledge will enable you to make an informed decision as to how to proceed. It could also prevent you from making costly mistakes or missing opportunities. If you need advice on a UK work visa, contact our expert team of immigration solicitors today.

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Vladimir is a Level 3 (Immigration Law Advanced) Law Society accredited immigration solicitor.

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