How to get a Work Permit in the UK

Before applying for a job of any kind, it’s important to understand all the necessary paperwork and forms you need. This is especially important when it comes to legal documents such as work permits. In the UK, there are a variety of different Work-Permits and Visa Options for non- UK residents, this depends on various factors, including your intended work and nationality.

Different Types of UK work permits/Work Visas:

  • Long-term visas (Skilled Worker), (Intra-company- Trainee or Graduate Trainee)
  • Temporary (Seasonal worker, Graduate, Creative and Sporting)
  • You are also able to gain a work visa if you are self-employed

How to apply:

When you’ve chosen what kind of Work Permit/Visa, you’ll be able to apply and pay for it online. The earliest you can do this is 3 months before your employment start date, so it’s good to do it well in advance and give yourself enough time to apply!

You may also be instructed to go to an appointment or a visa application, this is all depending on where you’re from and the type of passport you hold. Alternatively, there is also an option to use the UK Immigration ID Check Smartphone app to prove your identity. Something to take into consideration- the wait time for a decision to be made on your visa typically takes 3 weeks. (For work visas)

For an in-depth breakdown of everything work permit/visa related, visit the government website Browse: Work in the UK – GOV.UK (


The cost of Work Permits/ Visas can differ greatly depending on the type you require, and the length of time, they are required. Check out this page outlining all the prices and requirements UK work permit: requirements, how to apply and cost (2021) – Wise, formerly TransferWise

If you would like any friendly advice surrounding a work permit when applying for a job, contact our team at Zenith People, they will be happy to give you some friendly and professional advice.