This section contains details of most of the categories available to migrants who want to work in the United Kingdom. Each category has different requirements, so you should read the eligibility requirements for your chosen category in full before you apply.
If you are an employer in the United Kingdom and you want to know how to employ migrant workers, go to the Employers and education providers section.
Introduced in 2008, our points-based system for immigration has replaced most of our previous work-based categories.
If you are coming to the United Kingdom for a short time as a businessperson, sportsperson, entertainer or special visitor, see the Business and special visitors section to find out how to apply.
You do not need a job offerwhen you apply to enter or stay in the UK in these categories, but you will need to pass a points-based assessment.
If your prospective employer in the UK is willing to sponsor you, you can apply to come or stay here to do a skilled job.
If your prospective employer in the UK is willing to sponsor you, you can apply to do certain types of temporary work here.
You can also apply to work in the UK as adomestic worker; as the sole representative of an overseasfirm; or as arepresentative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation.
You can apply under the entrepreneur category now if you are:
Unlike our work permit scheme (soon to be replaced by sponsored workers (Tier 2), you do not need a job offer to apply under the investor category. When you apply you are awarded points based on your ability to invest £1,000,000 in the United Kingdom.
You can apply under the investor category now if you are:
The post-study worker category allows us to retain the most able international graduates who have studied in the United Kingdom. It also enhances the United Kingdom's overall offer to international students.
Post-study workers are free to look for work without having a sponsor for the length of their leave.
The category provides a bridge to highly skilled or skilled work. If you are granted permission to stay as a post-study worker, we expect that you will switch into another tier of the points-based system as soon as you are able to.
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