Can solicitors make a work permit application on my behalf?


If you need help making an application to extend a work permit or to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK following the expiry of a work permit, solicitors can help. Although the points-based system has largely taken over from the traditional work permit, solicitors can still help you with extensions under the work permit scheme and applying for settlement in the UK. If you have been resident in the UK for a certain period of time, you may be able to apply to become a British citizen, provided certain other requirements, such as the requirement to be of good character, are met.

If you were thinking of making an application for a work permit, solicitors will now advise you to make an application under the points-based system. The points-based system for workers is largely contained in Tier 1 and Tier 2 and allows workers to gain points for certain characteristics. Tier 2 workers are roughly equivalent to workers who previously held a work permit. Solicitors will advise that to come to the UK under Tier 2 means that you will require a sponsor; that is, a job offer from an employer. In some circumstances, as with work permits, solicitors can find the job you intend to undertake on the shortage occupations list. This list, as the name suggests, lists all the occupations of which there is a shortage in the UK. If a job is on the shortage occupations list, the applicant would have satisfied the attributes test and will only need to score points under the English language test and the maintenance test.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on a work permit, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist immigration / work permit solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding immigration / work permit solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.

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