Eligibility to work in the UK

Preparing to live and work in a different country can be a daunting experience. This section provides important information about the steps required for applying for your visa and planning your move to the UK.

Certificate of Sponsorship

You can access guidance on Tier 2 and Tier 5 sponsorship here.

Before you leave

EU, EEA, EFTA and Swiss nationals 

We have collated FAQs for EU, EEA, EFTA and Swiss nationals, both currently resident in the UK and resident outside of the UK, to communicate the options laid out by the UK government, before and after the official exit from the EU. 

For more information visit the UK Visa and Immigration website for all the latest information.

Non-European nationals

If you are outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland you must have permission to live and work in the UK. For more information please visit the Applying for a visa to come to the UK website.

The UK operates a points-based system. Migrants must score the required number of points and in most circumstances have a job offer from a licensed sponsor (employer). 
Information on different categories of work visa can be found on the Visas and Immigration - work visas website.

If you are coming to the UK as a Visitor, you can find out about the different routes available for both leisure and work related visits.

For news on recent Visa developments for researchers, please go to the UKRI site.

Commonwealth citizens with UK ancestry can access relevant visa information here.

Further information can be obtained from the UK Visas and Immigration Agency or the Liverpool Immigration Advice Service.

What to bring

Make sure you have all your relevant documents with you before travelling to the UK.


  • Visa (plus a photocopy)
  • Passport (plus a photocopy)
  • Job offer and acceptance (plus a photocopy)
  • Qualifications (plus a photocopy)
  • Travel Documents (plus a photocopy)
  • Travel Insurance (plus a photocopy)
  • Diving licence (plus a photocopy)
  • Details of your final destination
  • British currency (Pounds Sterling)

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