Work permits (if you are not European or British) are controlled by the Tier 2 (Work permit) scheme.
Under the scheme, a BRITISH company can issue a work permit (Certificate of sponsorship) to a person outside of the UK (CHINA e.g.) to come to the UK an work.
The scheme is a point based scheme - and as such the key requirements are: (link) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-application-for-uk-visa-as-tier-2-worker
a) The British Company has to advertise first in the Uk to find a suitable candidate (Checking the availability of people in the UK to file the position - know as the 'residence labour market test'.)
b) The British company has to itself apply to be a sponsor (Apply for a Tier 2 licence - currently there are approximately 40,000 British companies with a licence to sponsor people from overseas)
c) The position has to be at a certain level - NVQ level 6 (Degree level) and the British Company has to choose a job title that appears on the SOC Code list (At level 6) (link) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-j-codes-of-practice-for-skilled-work
It all sounds terribly confusing - but its not.
Basically - if you have a degree, or Masters degree and you have experience in a profession - and you can find a company in the UK who needs you - we can then be instructed to represent you and the company in preparing an application for you to come to the UK as a Tier 2 worker.
You will normally be granted either 3 years or 5 year visa - and as long as you are still working in the UK for that company after 5 years - you can settle in the UK permanently, and get a British Passport a year later.
There are certain occupations that are recognised by the UK Government as being a shortage (Shortage occupation skills), and if you are on THAT list there is no requirement (above) to advertise first in the UK. (link) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-k-shortage-occupation-list
If you would like to register your interest in moving to the UK, send your enquiry to email@example.com with your CV.
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