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Work in the UK

Our in-house team and strategic business partners have over 30 years of combined industry experience. We know that it is vital to understand our clients’ needs. We have carefully selected a tailored service package for each of them and over the past few years, through various vehicles, we have successfully supported hundreds of clients to achieve their ambitions in the UK.

Types of Visa Options

Skilled Worker Visa


On 1 December 2020, the Skilled Worker Visa was introduced by the Home Office and replaced the Tier 2 General Work visa. The Skilled Worker Visa is a points-based immigration scheme. With the exception of British and Irish nationals, the scheme allows employers to recruit individuals of all nationalities to work in the UK in a specific job role within an eligible skilled occupation.

Compare to Tier 2 General Work visa, the Skilled Worker Visa has much lower entry barriers for applicants. In order to qualify for a Skilled Worker Visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visa Requirements listed below:

  • You are aged 18 or over;
  • Your English lever is at least CEFR Level B1 (equivalent to IELTS 4.0);
  • Your job offer is a genuine vacancy with an appropriate skill level and has a valid Certificate of Sponsorship;
  • You will be paid a salary which equals or exceeds both a general salary threshold and the ‘going rate’ for the occupation;
  • You are unable to access public funds; and
  • You have a valid criminal record certificate and a valid tuberculosis certificate, if required.

Anyone wishing to come to, or stay in the UK as a skilled worker will need to have a confirmed job offer from a licenced sponsor. You will be paid at a minimum general salary of £25,600 a year, or the ‘going rate’ for the role, whichever is higher. Under certain special circumstances, you are still eligible to apply for Skilled Worker Visa if you are paid between 70% and 90% of the usual going rate but no less than £20,480 per year for your job.

To be eligible for a Skilled Worker Visa, the applicant must score a minimum of 70 points in total. This includes 50 points for mandatory or ‘non-tradeable’ criteria, and 20 points for ‘tradeable’ criteria.

Total of 70 points is needed to be eligible to apply to work in the UK.

Click here to see the point scoring system.

Settlement
  • The skilled worker route can lead to settlement if the applicant has been continuously living in the UK for 5 years;
  • Your absence from the UK is no more than 180 days during any 12-month of the 5-years continuous period;
  • By the end of year 5, your sponsor seeks your further employment and is still a Home Office approved sponsor; and
  • By the end of year 5, you will be paid a salary which equals or exceeds both a general salary threshold and the ‘going rate’ for the occupation.

Our Services

The Home Office will carefully scrutinise each Skilled Worker visa application, it is vital to prepare your case thoroughly to satisfy the requirements given.

Our highly driven and dedicated immigration team will provide clear and professional advice to you. We do not just prepare and submit your application form, but also provide expert guidance and assistance to you throughout the process.

More importantly, we pride ourselves on understanding your needs and providing tailored solutions to find your dream job. This includes:

  • Review and advice on your CV;
  • Provide one-to-one training courses to deepen industry knowledge and improve interview skills;
  • Provide unlimited assessment centre practice; and
  • Provide unlimited Job referral.




Innovator Visa


Innovator Visa was newly introduced by the Home Office and replaced the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa in April 2019 .

The UK Innovator Visa is suitable for experienced overseas entrepreneurs to set up an innovative business in the UK. The investment requirement is substantially reduced from £200,000 to £50,000. Your business idea needs to be endorsed by an endorsing body – an independent assessment organisation appointed by the Home Office.

Applicants must have a business idea and the ability to be approved by an endorsing body as being innovative, viable and scalable, where:

  • Innovation — does the applicant have a genuine, original business plan that meets new or existing market needs and/or creates a competitive advantage?

  • Viability — does the applicant have, or are they actively developing, the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and market awareness to successfully run the business?

  • Scalability — is there evidence of structured planning and of potential for job creation and growth into national markets?

The initial visa is granted for a period of 3 years at a time. Innovator applicants will be able to apply to extend their stay for a further 3 years, or to settle permanently in the UK if they are able to meet the relevant criteria. Endorsement is required from an endorsing body for each stage above - initial application, extension and final settlement.

Our Services

Our in-house experts and immigration partners have extensive industry experience, with trusted networks and resource, we are more than capable to support you with:

  • Business idea review and assessment;

  • Business Plan writing and digest;

  • Selection of and liaison endorsing bodies; and

  • Preparation of Innovator Visa application, submission of documents and follow up queries.




Tier 1 (Investor) Visa


The Tier 1 (Investor) visa is a route for High-Net-Worth-Individuals with access to at least £2,000,000 to invest in the UK.

Investment has to be invested in active and trading UK registered companies in forms of share or loan capital. An investee is registered with HMRC for corporation tax and PAYE; its annual financial accounts and UK business bank accounts show regular trading; and it has at least two UK employees excluding directors.

Click here to see the settlement period in relation to the investment amount.

Benefits:
  • There are no English language requirements;

  • There are no individual maintenance requirements;

  • The investor’s immediate family members, spouses and children under 18 are also eligible to enter the UK; and

  • The investor is permitted but not obliged to work, study or engage in business activities in the UK.

Our Services

With our in-house team of business development expertise and right local resource, you will find less challenges to target suitable investment opportunities. Our dedicated team members will bridge direct communication channels between you and prospect investees, and support you to secure deals with desired return on investment and acceptable investment risks.

The process of applying for Tier 1 Investor can be complicated due to complex rules and its frequent changes by the Home Office. Our experienced city-based immigration business partners will act on your behalf to facilitate your application, to liaise with the Home Office and to follow the progress until completion.

Legal services include:

  • Initial free consultation and signing Client Agreement;

  • Preparation Tier 1 Investor visa application, submission of documents and follow up queries;

  • Application for Tier 1 Investor visa extension;

  • Application for permanent residence; and

  • Application for British Passport.




Student Internship


An internship is work experience offered by an organisation over a fixed time period. Internship opportunities provide students and graduates with transferable skills, useful connections and invaluable industry insights, this enables them to build up competitive advantage over their peers.

Employers often use internships as an effective way to advertise their graduate schemes. Surveys indicate that employers offer at least 25% of their ex-interns full-time employment after they leave university. Ex-interns already understand the company and the job they will be doing, and they require less training than new candidates, which saves time and resources.

Our Services

We support you to build up your confidence and reach your maximum potentials by providing a service package designed especially for you.

A series of 121 training sessions will be given by City Professionals to enhance your abilities and to widen your overall skill set.

Our services include but not limited to, CV brush-up and redesign, assessment centre practice, target company search, application form and cover letter review, interview skill training and mock up and Internship referral.




Start-up Visa


From 29 March 2019 the UK Home Office introduced Start-up visa and replaced Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route. The Start-up visa welcomes ambitious entrepreneurs to establish a business in the UK for the first time, except you previously held leave as a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur.

Start-up visa applicants do not need to be graduates or have secured funds to invest in their businesses. However, you will need to have an innovative, viable and scalable business idea, which must to be assessed and endorsed by an approved UK endorsing body.

Requirements for a Start-up visa:

  • You are over 18 years old;

  • You genuinely intend to undertake, and are capable of undertaking, any work or business activity in the UK stated in your application;

  • You are competent in the English language to at least CEFR Level B2, equivalent to IELTS 5.5; and

  • You have minimum maintenance funds of £1,270 in your bank account for 28 consecutive days before the date of your application.

An approved endorsing body access your business plan and satisfy following criteria:

  • Innovation: You cannot join in a business that is already trading - you have a genuine, original business plan that meets new or existing market needs;

  • Viability: You are actively developing or already possess essential skills, experience and knowledge in order to successfully run the business; and

  • Scalability: Your business plan has potential growth into national or international markets and for job creation.

Our Services

Our in-house experts and immigration partners have extensive industry experience, with trusted networks and resource, we are more than capable to support you with:

  • Business idea review and assessment;

  • Business Plan writing and digest;

  • Selection of and liaison endorsing bodies; and

  • Preparation of Innovator Visa application, submission of documents and follow up queries.