CATEGORIES OF MIGRANT MOST RELEVANT FOR EMPLOYERS
TIER 2 - SKILLED WORKER WITH A JOB OFFER
This category replaced the old Work Permits scheme. The employer must be a licensed sponsor (Please see the section on Sponsorship Licensing on Page 1). Appointed officers of the company (who could be us as your legal representatives) will assess the entitlement of an individual employee. The officer of the company would award a Certificate of Sponsorship based on an assessment of specified criteria including age, qualifications, future earnings. We, as legal representatives, can assist you with your application for a sponsorship licence and advise and assist you with the workings of the Sponsorship Management System, as appointed officers (Key Contact, Level 1 or Level 2 Users).
TIER 2 - INTRA-COMPANY TRANSFERS
This category enables a multinational employer to transfer to the UK skilled employees who have been employed at their overseas base for at least twelve months. The UK branch must be licensed and on the Sponsorship Register. (Please see the section on Sponsorship Licensing on Page 1). There must be a direct link between the UK entity and the overseas entity by common ownership or control.
TIER 2 - SPORTS PEOPLE
Internationally established Sports People can be sponsored under the Points Based System with the relevant club or organisation acting as the licensed sponsor (Please see the section on Sponsorship Licensing).
TIER 2 - MINISTERS OF RELIGION
Ministers of Religion performing a pastoral role can be sponsored by the relevant religious organisation acting as the licenced sponsor (Please see the section on Sponsorship Licensing).
TIER 5 - YOUTH MOBILITY
This PBS category replaced the former Working Holiday Maker scheme and young people from specified non-visa countries with reciprocal arrangements with the UK, where the home country acts as the "sponsor", may come for a period of two years to experience life in Britain as they undertake some work incidental to their stay.
TIER 5- TEMPORARY WORKERS
Religious workers performing a non-pastoral role, internationally established sports people and certain other workers under international arrangements seeking entry in a temporary capacity can apply under these PBS provisions.
Students are entitled to work certain limited number of hours during term time and full time during vacations. If the student is in the United Kingdom under the Immigration Rules or as the bearer of a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) under the Points Based System the employer need not be licensed to sponsor a student employee but will have record keeping duties to ensure compliance with illegal working laws.
THE TIER 1 CATEGORIES
The Tier 1 categories listed below (which are no longer open to new applicants) may provide a source of highly skilled workers without the need for sponsorship registration on the part of the employer.
Tier 1 - General Highly Skilled Migrant
Tier 1 - Post Study Work