UK visa options for overseas without a joining letter from employer

UK visa options for overseas without a joining letter from employer
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The fee for a visa to the UK has increased significantly in recent years. Earlier this year, the immigration health surcharge saw a 66% hike, bringing the annual sum for adults to £1,035).

Commencing on October 4, 2023, there were notable hikes in visa application fees, which included a 15% rise for work and visiting visas, a 20% increase for family visas, a 35% increase for student visas, and increases of 20% and 20% for settlement and e-citizenship, respectively.

All is not lost, though, for those who possess the necessary training and skill levels. For individuals who do not have a work offer, there are still a number of visa options available.

An India Young Professionals Scheme visa, for example, allows Indian citizens between 18 and 30 years old to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years. Applicants must be selected in the India Young Professionals Scheme ballot before they can apply for this visa. To be eligible for the visa, applicants must be an Indian citizen, be between 18 and 30 years old, have an eligible qualification and have £2,530 in savings.

Another option is the Global Talent visa. This allows people to work in the UK who are leaders or potential leaders in academia or research, arts and culture and digital technology. It is designed to attract elite performers in the listed industries.

Applicants must also be at least 18 years old and can only apply if they have successfully applied for an endorsement to prove that they are a leader or potential leader. There are a number of officially sanctioned endorsing bodies listed in the UK government website. Applicants can also apply without an endorsement if they have won an eligible award.

A High Potential Individual (HPI) visa permits applicants to stay in the UK for at least two years. To apply, you must have been awarded a qualification by an eligible university in the last 5 years.

The list of eligible universities has been criticized for focussing primarily on US and European institutions. No Indian universities are listed. However, for high-performing Indian professionals who studied overseas in qualifying universities such as Yale in the US, Kyoto University in Japan, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, University of British Columbia in Canada, and University of Melbourne in Australia, the visa is an option.

There are also visa options available for Indians working in businesses that have UK branches or subsidiaries via the Global Mobility route. This offers a range of options both for those who work for a company that has an existing UK branch and for those tasked with setting up a UK branch for their current employer.

For example, a Senior or Specialist Worker visa allows certain employees to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job at their employer’s UK branch while a Graduate Trainee visa allows applicants to come to or stay in the UK to work for their employer’s UK branch as part of a graduate training program for a managerial or specialist role. A UK Expansion Worker visa allows employees to come to the UK to set up a branch of an overseas business that has not started trading in the UK yet.

Finally, one of the most flexible, but overlooked routes for those serious about moving to the UK to set up a business is the self-sponsorship route. Self-employed workers from the USA and India previously blocked from access to the British market have already successfully gained legal UK work visas through the scheme.

The process involves two stages. First, an individual establishes a UK-limited company, which foreign nationals can legally do. Secondly, that company then sponsors the individual to gain a Skilled Worker visa. The process complies fully with UK immigration and company rules. Those interested in this option are advised to consult with a recognized and experienced UK-based legally registered immigration law firm.

In conclusion, it is undeniable that when the modifications to UK law go into effect, there will be fewer options for obtaining a work visa in the country. However, there are still possibilities available, especially for highly skilled persons and those who genuinely want to start their own business in Britain and have an entrepreneurial spirit.


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