There are various routes to working in the UK, some requiring an employer to sponsor you, and others not. There is a route for high value migrants including entrepreneurs and investors, routes for those with a job offer, a route for young people from various specific countries, one for charity workers, religious workers, sportspersons and entertainers…it’s just a case of knowing what your specific options are!
If you are wondering which routes could apply to you simply contact de Prey Consulting with an outline of your circumstances and what work you are wanting to do in the UK, and Nikki will talk you through your options.
The UK operates a five-tier Points Based System for work and study visa applications:
For specific details on each of the Tiers please see UK Visas in our menu.
To obtain a visa under the Points Based System you must score a minimum number of points. Each tier has various ‘attributes’ under which you can gain points. Each tier also has a number of ‘controls’, including proof of your English Language ability and your ability to finance yourself to a certain level. You must pass all of the controls.
The Points Based System was introduced to reduce discretion being exercised by the immigration officers (Entry Clearance Officers), thereby making the process more transparent and uniform regardless of which country you apply for your visa in.
Although this principle is of benefit to applicants as it reduces Entry Clearance Officers’ discretion, refusal rates increased with the introduction of this system – not because applicants couldn’t qualify but simply because they have not provided the paperwork required in the exact format necessary.
The requirements for the format of supporting documents are so specific that, when working for a British Consulate, de Prey Consulting’s Director, Nikki de Prey, would have to refuse dozens of applications a week just because of incorrectly completed forms or documentation.
Even though the Entry Clearance Officers want to issue visas for people who qualify for them, their hands are 100% tied by the highly technical rules and quality of the paperwork you submit.
The Points Based System does not allow for you to submit new or additional documents at a later date – the decision will be made on the documents presented with your initial visa application package, and those alone.
Having seen many visa applicants apply two, three, or sometimes four times before getting it right, wasting hundreds of pounds in application fees, weeks of their time and suffering the ensuing stress, de Prey Consulting highly recommends that you use an immigration consultant to get it right first time around.
Whether you use de Prey Consulting or another immigration professional, the Points Based System is one area where it can be unwise to go it alone.
If you have already been refused a visa under the Points Based System whilst applying outside the UK, de Prey Consulting can also prepare an Administrative Review for you if Nikki deems it warranted. An Administrative Review is a free re-assessment of your case by an independent Entry Clearance Manager. No new documentation can be submitted, and therefore Administrative Review should only be used where you believe the decision-maker has made an error in calculating your points.
As an ex-Entry Clearance Manager, Nikki conducted these re-assessments, and knows when they succeed and when they don’t. As always with de Prey Consulting, if Nikki thinks you will not qualify for a visa she will tell you immediately.
de Prey Consulting is an immigration consultancy based in Edinburgh, UK. Nikki advises clients on the variety of visa applications for entering or remaining in the UK. For more information read about her background in About dPC.