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Overview

You might be moving to the UK on a secondment from your employer from your home country. In such a case this page will not be very interesting for you due to the fact that you already have a job and your employer is most probably going to take care of all relevant steps needed to enable you to lawfully work in the UK.

If, instead, you are moving to the UK and you need to start a new job, you will be happy to know that, in general, the UK offers many employment opportunities in various sectors and skill levels.

 

Do I need a visa and a work permit?

Generally speaking, European Union (EU) nationals do not need a visa or a work permit to be able to work in the UK (but if you are a national of a country that has recently joined the EU, you may need to register or apply for permission before you begin work). Other nationals will normally need a visa or a work permit to be able to work in the UK, although there are some exceptions (Swiss nationals, Commonwealth citizens, etc.).

It is clearly impossible to describe here all requirements for all nationals. However, the UK government has set up websites where you will be able to find up-to-date information which applies to your own circumstances.

The website of the UK Border Agency  is particularly useful and contains very detailed information about formalities relevant to visiting the UK, studying in the UK and working in the UK.

To answer the question “do I need a visa?” visit the website of the UK Border Agency . Under the section “Do I need a visa?” you can specify the purpose of your visit, your nationality and your current country of residency. The system will return all the information that applies to your circumstances and will guide you through the various rules and formalities.

 

Working in the UK

Within the UK Border Agency website, there is a section “Working in the UK"  which very clearly explains how the system works, the various categories of migrants and the relevant applicable rules.

 

Searching for a job

There are many websites (also called “jobsites”) where you can start searching for a job in the UK.

In the UK there are also many private employment agencies that will be able to help you to find a job. You can register with any of these and provide them with your CV, and they will match this with the employment request they receive from prospective employers.

With the help of a web search engine you should be able to find plenty of employment agencies where you can address your enquiry.

It is worth noticing that in the UK many employers tend to recruit personnel through private agencies.

There are also state-run jobcentres and you can regularly find job advertisements in newspapers.

 
 
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This page was last updated on 12.11.2010
 
 
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