JMR Solicitors can help you to understand which type of visa is needed for your individual circumstances, and are well practiced at dealing with visas for all kinds of businesses.
What are the different types of business visas?
The different types of visas for business use are:
Tier 1 – Entrepreneur UK Business Visas
A Tier 1 Visa is suitable for foreign nationals who wish to come to the UK with large investments and start up a UK business of their own or take control of an existing UK business without a sponsor. However, you must have a good working knowledge of the English Language and reach the requirement of 10 points of the PBS (Points Based System).
Tier 1 – Investor UK Business Visa
A Tier 1 investor UK business visa is suitable for individuals who plan to make investments in the UK. Although this is similar to the Tier 1 Entrepreneur UK Business Visa, the amount expected for this investment visa is more significant and there are no requirements in the type of business activities you may engage in.
Tier 2 – Work Permit UK Business Visa
A Tier 2 work permit is a UK Business Visa specifically designed for medium to highly skilled workers coming to the UK. This particular visa requires you to already hold an offer of employment from a UK company. For this type of visa, the application process is handled by the sponsoring company on the behalf of the individual that they are interested in employing.
Tier 2 – Intra Company Transfers UK Business Visa
A Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer Visa allows non-UK-Citizens to work in the UK branch of an overseas company. The individual applying for this type of visa must have been employed by the company for a period of at least 6 months. They must also be able to demonstrate a full working knowledge of the job role that they would be filling in the UK.
How do I change my job or type of employment on a visa?
If you are currently residing in the UK with a visa that allows you to work in the UK (not including Tier 2 visas), then you do not need authorisation from the Home Office to change your job. If you are on a Tier 4 visa there are limits on how many hours you can work.
If you have a Tier 2 visa and you want to get a new job, it is necessary to make a change of employment application to the Home Office. We can advise in detail the circumstances in which an application needs to be made to the Home Office.