5 Year work Visa

If you are on a 5 year work visa then this will typically lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain. Visas such as visitor visas, student visas and other short term visas generally don’t lead to settlement unless going through the 10 year ILR route.

5 Year work visa categories that lead to settlement in the UK

Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa – This 5 year work visa will lead to settlement and is a relatively easy route to becoming a Permanent Resident in the UK. Once the applicant has obtained their Tier 1 Visa they have to employ 2 workers full time or several part time which would be the equivalent hours of 2 full time staff. They also have to invest the total £200,000 into their business. Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa holders can’t work for another company. They don’t technically have to work in their own business so if they prefer to employ staff and manage from the side such as doing the books or other business duties this is fine.

Tier 1 General – This 5 year work visa route has been closed and extensions are also closed as of April 2015. All Tier 1 general visa holders will need to apply for ILR before April 2018 or they will not be able to apply and lose their right to stay and work in the UK. If you are a Tier 1 Visa holder and don’t qualify for ILR before April 2018 you should consider asking your employer to sponsor you under Tier 2 General so you can then add the time spent on Tier 1 General to permit you to qualify for ILR under the 5 year route.

Tier 2 Visas – The Tier 2 General visa can lead to settlement in the UK providing your employer is willing to provide a letter stating you are still required for the position, you meet the SOC salary requirements and that you are paid above £35,000 (after April 2016). Other Tier 2 visas such as the Tier 2 ICT can lead to settlement though this is more complicated and usually requires professional advice to ensure you plan accordingly.


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