This information provides an overview of the work permit arrangements. The work permit guidance notes provide more details of the work permit arrangements. If you are unable to find the information you need on these pages you should read the guidance notes for the arrangements you are interested in. Anyone intending to make a work permit application must read the appropriate guidance notes before making an application.
We issue work permits to UK-based employers wanting to employ a worker from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Work permits are issued for a specific individual to work in a specific job. We only issue work permits for certain types of work and normally only when the employer has been unable to recruit a suitable employee from within the EEA.
There are six different work permit arrangements.
- Business and commercial;
- Training and Work Experience Scheme (TWES);
- Sports and Entertainments;
- Student internships;
- General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS);
- Sectors Based Scheme (SBS)
If you are applying for a work pemit for someone outside the United Kingdom he/she will need to make an application for entry clearance once your work permit application has been approved. This application should be made at a British diplomatic post. Your employee should contact his/her nearest British diplomatic post or call us on 0207 706 8745 for more information.
If you are applying for a work permit for someone already in the United Kingdom, he/she will only be able to switch to work permit employment in certain circumstances.
Once your work permit application has been approved, the employee must make an application for further leave to remain in the United Kingdom. Information on how to make this application can be found in the section for Extensions – FLR (IED)