The UK has a points-based system which controls the flow of workers going into the country. Whether it is possible to obtain a work visa depends on your profession, your nationality and other factors. EU citizens can live and work freely in the UK.
UK work visas are divided into different tiers depending on the type of work a person wishes to carry out in the UK. The most common types of UK work visas are the following:
There are different types of UK student visas which are designed for different purposes. The long-term student visas fit into the same tier-based system as the work visas:
UK immigration policy works to keep families together. Visas are available for people wishing to: visit family in the UK; settle in the UK with British citizen or settled person; or become the partner through marriage or civil partnership of a British citizen or settled person.
Relatives of European Economic Area or Swiss nationals are eligible for a UK family permit. The EEA family permits acts as a visa giving you permission to enter and remain in the UK. If you are not an EEA national but are related to one, this permit is for you.
If you are in the UK on a work or study visa, you may be eligible to apply for an extension of stay. An extension of stay will lengthen the period of time you are legally eligible to be living in the UK.