How Do You Apply for a UK Work Visa?


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To apply for a UK work visa as an American citizen, create an account online at Via4UK.FCO.Gov.UK to begin the application process. After creating an account, pay the application fee and make a biometric information appointment at an application support center. After this appointment, representatives stamp your application and you must mail it, your passport, and any other required supporting documents out to UK Visas and Immigration for processing.

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There are three different types of UK work visas, and each type also has subtypes. Tier 1 is for entrepreneurs, Tier 2 is for skilled workers and Tier 5 is for temporary or youth workers. Supporting documentation for each Tier varies, and you can find full information on which supporting documents are required on Gov.UK. After deciding which tier you are eligible for and wish to apply to, print out the application and bring it with you to your scheduled biometric appointment. At your biometric appointment, representatives take your fingerprints and photo and stamp your application. After receiving the stamp, you have five days to mail out the application. The address to mail to varies depending on whether the application is a settlement application or a non-settlement application. Priority visa service is available for an extra fee. All visa processing fees are non-refundable even if the visa is not approved.

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