The UK Work Visa categories are for the non-European migrants who want to work and live in the UK. Most of the work-based categories are part of the UK’s Points-Based System (PBS) for immigration since 2008. Each category within the system has its own purpose, criteria and requirements. The PBS has been developed to help the UK to manage its migration programme more effectively and attracting the most talented workers.

The Work Visa categories have been divided into following subcategories:-

Tier 1 Visa – High-value migrants

This category is for exceptionally talented applicants and highly skilled workers who wish to come and live in the UK without any job offer or sponsor. The following are considered as high valued migrants: innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, highly skilled individuals and post-graduates in the UK. Some of the categories that fall under this are Global Talent Visa, Innovator Visa, Entrepreneur Visa and Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP).

Tier 2 Work Permit for Skilled Workers

Applicants with a skilled job offer in the UK, e.g. doctors, engineers, management consultants, social workers, accountants etc. Prospective employer of these applicants should be willing to sponsor them. Categories like Skilled Worker Visa (replacing Tier 2 General-, Tier 2 (Minister of religion),Tier 2 (Sportsperson)and Tier 2 (Intra-company transfer), fall under this heading.

Temporary workers

This visa categories is designed to allow temporary workers to come to the United Kingdom to undertake short-term and temporary work. Temporary workers includes Creative and Sporting, Charity, Religious, Government Authorised Exchange and International Agreement.

Other categories

Applicants can also come and work in the UK as a domestic worker; as the sole representative of an overseas firm (only extension); or as a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation, or on a BNO visa, on an Ancestry visa or High Potential Individual visa or on Youth Mobility Scheme visa routes. These categories are non-point based.