Can Australians Work In the UK? | Visas & Permits for 2022 (2023)

If you’ve decided that you want to move to the UK then that’s half the job done, but they also need to decide if they want you. However, don’t lose heart: in 2016 Australia were in the top 5 countries for UK visas given to non-EU nationals, so you must be doing something right. In the same year, 25,000 Brits came to live in Australia, making it the most popular country for British emigrants, so it’s only fair that Australians can head in the opposite direction if they want to.

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Do you need a visa?

If you’re making a permanent move to the UK and you’re planning on working there then yes, you need a visa. However, it’s worth mentioning that Australians can live in the UK visa-free for up to 6 months if they are going there as a tourist. You can see see all the big buildings in London and wander through the Yorkshire Dales but the moment you get a job, you’re in trouble.

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Right of abode

Before you embark on the lengthy process of choosing a visa, applying for it and waiting for it, you should find out if you actually need to bother. Right of abode in the UK means you can live there without having to deal with any kind of immigration restrictions. However, there are three conditions that you need to meet order to have right of abode:

  1. One of your parents was born in the UK (and was still a UK citizen when you were born)
  2. You were born before 1st January 1983 into a Commonwealth country
  3. You have never ceased to be a Commonwealth citizen since 31st December 1982

If you entered the world more recently and both of your parents are proper Aussies then please read on. We’re afraid you’ve got a bit of work to do.

UK immigration points-based system

Funnily enough, the UK’s points-based immigration system was largely based on the Australian one. Before 2008, there were over eighty different kinds of visa available, but it has since become much less complicated (although still pretty complicated). The visas are divided into five tiers and each tier requires the applicant to score a certain number of points before he/she can be eligible. The main score determinants are English language proficiency, age, previous experience, future employment and savings, but these can vary greatly depending on the type of visa you are applying for. Luckily, in most cases, Australians get 10 points on their score before they’ve even started, thanks to their natural English language proficiency.

How to apply

Start off by going on the website for UK Visas and Immigration. On there, you can register, choose the relevant visa, fill out the form and pay any necessary fees. Isn’t the internet wonderful? However, you will eventually have to leave the house. All applications for visas of more than 6 months require you to get a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), and to acquire this you’ll need to go to one of the UK Visa Application Centres. These are situated in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Canberra. You’ll need various documents, such as educational and financial evidence, so don’t forget them, especially if you’ve got a long drive! At the Application Centre, they will scan all ten of your fingerprints and take a photograph of you. This biometric information is an essential part of your visa application. Find out more at the VFS Global website.

How much will it cost?

All visa applications include a fee that will vary significantly depending on the type of visa you are applying for. Each set of individual fees will be explained in more detail further down the page. There is also an Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) that applies to all non-EU migrants staying in the UK for longer than 6 months. Once paid, you will be able to use the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), so no need to worry about being torn away from Medicare! The cost of the IHS is per year for all visas, except the Tier 4 Student and Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visas, where it is per year.

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Bringing family with you

The vast majority of UK visas allow you to bring your family members with you, because what’s life without family? The UK government classifies a ‘dependant’ as either your partner or your child (under the age of 18). If you have any children over the age of 18 who are already living in the UK as dependants then they can also join you on your visa. Normally, each dependant needs to hold a specific amount of money before they can move to the UK, but this figure varies from visa to visa. You also need to demonstrate you will be able to financially support any dependants who will be joining you. Every dependant needs to submit their biometric information and pay the Immigration Health Surcharge. Full guidance on dependant applications can be found here.

Which visa do I need?

Despite the relatively simple five-tier system, the number of different UK visas on offer is still pretty overwhelming, what with all the subcategories and special classifications. Hopefully you’ll soon work out which one you need with the help of our handy guide, where we’ve singled out the most useful and important visas for living and working in the UK.

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Tier 1

Tier 1 can be divided up into two different types of visa.

Exceptional talent visa

This one caters specifically to very highly skilled migrants who have been endorsed in their respective field as someone with either ‘exceptional talent’ or ‘exceptional promise’. Only 1000 places are released each year (500 on 6th April and another 500 on 1st October) so there is a limit. With this visa, you are allowed to work in the UK, travel in and out of the country and bring your family with you, but you are prohibited from working as a professional sportsperson or as a doctor/dentist in training.


The visa lasts for a very specific 5 years and 4 months, although extensions of up to 5 years are possible.


You have to apply to the UK Home Office for endorsement and it must be in one of the following industries: science, medicine, engineering, humanities, digital technology or the arts. The score on your application must reach a minimum of 100 points, which is based on a combination of your English language proficiency, financial maintenance, previous earnings, age, qualifications and past UK-based experience.

Processing time

Your application should be approved or rejected within 3 weeks. Also, you can’t apply any earlier than 3 months before you intend to move to the UK.


The application for endorsement costs and the visa application costs a further . All dependants who you intend to bring with you will have to pay per person. The Immigration Healthcare Surcharge, which is per visa year, also applies to yourself and each dependant.

Entrepreneur visa

If you want to start your own business in the UK then you’ll need one of these. You can even start running multiple companies on this visa if you’re feeling particularly entrepreneurial! Family members can come with you, too. However, you’re not permitted to start working for anybody else while you’re there.


This visa lasts for 3 years and 4 months, and further 2-year extensions are possible.


You need a score of at least 95 points on your application but, more importantly, you need to have a minimum of £50,000 (68,852 AUD) in funds for investment. Go big or go home. Specifically, the money must come from a UK venture capitalist firm. You can also secure the visa if you have £200,000 (275,406 AUD) in savings, but it must be your own money rather than investment from elsewhere. You will have to pitch your business plan to the Home Office in order to acquire approval, reinforced with accurate market research and a demonstration of its financial viability.

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Processing time

Your application should be approved or rejected within 3 weeks. Also, you can’t apply any earlier than 3 months before you intend to move to the UK.


To apply online or by post costs , whereas to apply in person from outside the UK costs a bit less at . The same charges apply to each family member (or ‘dependant’) coming with you. The Immigration Healthcare Surcharge, which is per visa year, will also apply to yourself and each extra person.

Tier 2

There are two types of visa within the Tier 2 classification.

General (skilled worker) visa

If you are able to line up a skilled job offer in the UK all the way from Australia (it’s not as hard as it sounds) then the Tier 2 General visa is your best route into the UK. Your future employer must be registered as a licensed sponsor so that they can give you a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS), as you’ll need this for your visa application. However, finding a company that’s a licensed sponsor is easy; the UK register of licensed businesses is massive (nearly 2000 pages long). With this visa you are also able to study, travel in and out of the UK, do some voluntary work and bring your family along with you.


The visa time length is generally the specified duration on your Certificate of Sponsorship plus one month, but this cannot exceed 5 years and 14 days. You’re allowed to move to the UK up to 14 days before your new work begins. It is possible to apply to extend your visa by up to 5 years, but the total length of your stay cannot exceed 6 years.


As the tier number increases, the number of points required decreases. For the Tier 2 General visa, the applicant needs to score a minimum of 70 points in order to be eligible. The Certificate of Sponsorship adds 30 points, but you need sufficient English language proficiency, enough personal maintenance funds and an ‘appropriate salary’ in order to score the remaining 40 points. An ‘appropriate salary’ must be at least £30,000 (41,311 AUD), but for some highly skilled jobs the minimum appropriate salary is even higher. Check out all the relevant salary guidance here.

Processing time

Your application should be approved or rejected within 3 weeks, and you can’t apply any earlier than 3 months before you intend to move to the UK.


There are four different sets of fees depending on the type and duration of your move. The cost of the visa is determined by a) whether you’re filling a shortage occupation and b) whether you’re staying in the UK for more than 3 years.

  • No more than 3 years: .
  • No more than 3 years (filling a shortage occupation): .
  • Over 3 years: .
  • Over 3 years (filling a shortage occupation): .

The Immigration Health Surcharge also applies, which is per visa year. Both the application fee and the IHS apply to any dependants who are accompanying you.

UK shortage occupations list

The easiest way for you to secure a Tier 2 visa is to target the occupations that are currently experiencing a shortage of personnel in the UK. If you take a look at the UK Shortage Occupations List (SOL), you will find a huge number of different skill sets that are required in the UK, ranging from engineering and mathematical roles to more artistic ones. As you can see in the fees listed above, helping the UK with an occupation shortage also makes the visa a little cheaper. Here is an example of just some of the jobs listed on the SOL at the moment. You can read the full list here.

OccupationEntry level wage (minimum)
Civil engineer

22,800 ()

Electrical engineer

24,800 ()

Maths teacher

20,800 ()

Social worker

21,478 ()

3D animator

20,800 ()

Classical ballet dancer

20,800 ()

Pipe welder

20,800 ()

Experienced chef

29,570 ()

Intra-company transfer visa

If your current employer is sending you abroad to start working in the UK branch of their business, then you should be looking at this visa. It allows you to fill the overseas post and start working in the UK, along with being able to bring family members with you and travel in and out of the country. There are two types of intra-company transfer visa, one for long-term staff and the other for graduate trainees.


The length of time on the visa varies depending on the type. Long-term staff roles earning over £120,000 (165,244 AUD) per year allow applicants to stay for 9 years, whereas a salary under £120,000 only permits a stay of 5 years and 1 month. Graduate trainee visas last for just 12 months. For any of the three classifications, the applicant can move to the UK up to 14 days before they start their new role. Extensions of 9 years or 5 years are possible for long-term staff (depending on their salary), while graduate trainees can only extend their stay by a maximum of 12 months.


To take up a long-term staff position in the UK, you must have at least one year’s experience with your current employer and your company must be unable to fill the role with a UK recruit. However, a UK-based salary of at least £73,900 (101,763 AUD) would mean that you don’t need to have worked for your current employer for any minimum amount of time. On the other hand, graduate trainees require just 3 months’ experience with their company before they can perform an intra-company transfer.

In terms of other requirements, you need a Certificate of Sponsorship (easily acquired if your company is a licensed sponsor), at least in savings and an ‘appropriate salary’, which at the very least means a minimum of for long-term staff and for graduate trainees.

Processing time

Your application should be approved or rejected within 3 weeks, and you can’t apply any earlier than 3 months before you intend to move to the UK.


Long-term staff applicants looking to stay for over 3 years must pay , but if the duration of the stay is 3 years or less then the fee is only . Graduate trainee applicants are charged . Applicants must also pay the Immigration Health Surcharge, which is per visa year. The same set of fees applies to each dependant that accompanies the applicant.

Tier 3

Ah, the visa that never was. When the UK’s immigration system was split into 5 tiers in 2008, the third tier was intended for filling unskilled labour shortages with people from outside the EEA. However, it was never used and in 2013 it was completely shut down. We thought we should tell you about this one, just in case you were wondering where tier 3 was.

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Tier 4

If you’re temporarily relocating to the UK for educational reasons, then the single fourth tier visa might be the one for you.

General (student) visa

This is the main option taken by international students who intend to study in the UK. If you are at least 16 years old and have been offered a place at a university then you’ll need this visa to make things happen. You can bring dependants with you but there are some pretty specific requirements that change on a case-by-case basis, so do your research here.


Naturally, you’re allowed a bit of time to settle in before the beginning of your course. If the course is shorter than 6 months then you’re given an extra week at the start, but if you’ll be studying for more than 6 months then you can arrive up to one month before. There is also allowance made for time in the UK after the end of your course:

  • Less than 6 months of study: One week of extra stay allowed
  • Between 6 and 12 months of study: 2 months of extra stay allowed
  • At least 12 months of study: 4 months of extra stay allowed

The overall length of the visa is determined by the length of the course, which can vary depending on your field of study and institution. It is possible to extend your visa in order to continue further with your existing course or even start a new one.


Along with an unconditional offer for a place at a university in the UK, you also need enough personal funds to support yourself for the duration of your course. This amount varies and it depends on several factors, so it is normally determined once you have first submitted your application. Obviously proof of your English proficiency is also essential.

Processing time

You know the drill: your application should be approved or rejected within 3 weeks, and you can’t apply any earlier than 3 months before you intend to move to the UK.


Irrespective of the course or subject, it costs each applicant , and the Immigration Health Surcharge is per visa year. Any dependants must also pay these fees.

Tier 5

Two different kinds of visas make up the fifth tier.

Youth Mobility Scheme visa

This is the jack-of-all-trades visa, allowing you to study, work, set up your own business or just travel, combining the features of tiers 1, 2 and 4 but with a few more strings attached. Most crucially, you’re not able to apply if you live with (or are financially responsible for) any children, and family members cannot come with you as dependants on your application. Instead, they need to apply separately. As you can see, this kind of visa is more appropriate for a lone wolf. Furthermore, you have to be within the 18-30 age range.


You can live and work in the UK for a maximum of 2 years. Also, don’t worry about applying if you’re nearly 31; if you hit your 31st birthday while you’re in the UK, you can stay until your visa runs out. However, no visa extensions are possible.


Not every nationality is allowed to apply for the Youth Mobility Scheme. It’s limited to eight countries, and luckily Australia’s in there: Canada, Monaco, Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Republic of Korea and New Zealand. You also need to be able to support yourself while you’re in the UK, so you must have at least £1,890 (3,273 AUD) in your bank account. Your application must score a minimum of 50 points, but your Australian nationality, adequate funds and age between 18-30 will give you the points required.

Processing time

This one’s a little different from the previously mentioned visas. The waiting time for a decision is the typical 3 weeks, but you can submit your application for the visa up to 6 months before you move to the UK.


Applications cost along with the additional fee for the Immigration Health Surcharge, which is per visa year.

Temporary worker visa

This visa, also known as a Government Authorised Exchange, is similar to the Tier 2 visa in that it allows you to work in the UK as long as you have a sponsor, but this visa is only short term. Once you get the Certificate of Sponsorship, you can come and work in the UK as long as the job isn’t permanent. You are also able to study, have a second (temporary) job and bring family members with you.


The maximum duration is the length of time stipulated on your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 28 days, although the overall period of time cannot exceed 2 years. Visas can be extended multiple times by up to 2 years on each extension, but the overall time spent in the UK cannot exceed 6 years.


Your application must score at least 40 points, with two key determinants being your valid Certificate of Sponsorship (worth 30 points) and sufficient financial maintenance (worth 10 points). You need at least £945 (1,301 AUD) in savings.

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Processing time

Your application should be approved or rejected within 3 weeks, and you can’t apply any earlier than 3 months before you intend to move to the UK.


Applicants must pay along with the Immigrant Healthcare Surcharge, which is per visa year.


The 5-tier system is a nice way to divide up the different visas, but unfortunately there wasn’t space on the ladder for everything. A few special types of visa sit on their own, the most important and useful being the ancestry visa.

UK ancestry visa

Most importantly, this is only available to Commonwealth citizens, so if you’re Australian then you’ve passed the first hurdle. The visa allows you to live and work in the UK solely on the merit of who your grandparents are, and you can bring family members with you too.


You can stay in the UK for exactly 5 years, although you can apply to extend your visa by a further 5 years if you submit your request before the expiry date.


The chief requirement is, unsurprisingly, your ancestry. You need to have at least one parent or grandparent that was born in the UK, and you need to be able to prove it with birth certificates. Alongside this, you must be at least 17 years old with enough personal savings and evidence of your intention to work in the UK.

Processing time

Your application should be approved or rejected within 3 weeks, and you can’t apply any earlier than 3 months before you intend to move to the UK.


An ancestry visa costs , and there is also the Immigration Health Surcharge of per visa year. Any dependants coming with you will have to pay the same set of fees.

Life after visas

For some people, visas just aren’t long enough. If you’re planning on moving to the UK permanently then you’ll probably be thinking about how to make things genuinely long term.

Indefinite leave to remain

Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) is another term for permanent residence. It is permission from the UK government to stay in the country forever, as long as you intend to stay there. You can’t acquire ILR without holding some kind of visa first, but after a certain period of time the majority of UK visas permit a transition into ILR. Once you have become an official ‘settled person’, your family members are able to apply for the ‘family of a settled person’ visa, or UK Family Visa.


ILR does what it says on the tin – permitting indefinite residence – providing you don’t leave the UK for more than 2 years at any time.


The requirements range hugely depending on what type of visa you hold when applying for ILR and how long you have lived in the UK. For example, if you have a Tier 2 General visa then you need to have had 5 years’ continuous UK residence and be earning at least £35,000 (48,196 AUD), but if you have a study visa then the requirements are rather different. It’s best to use this tool on to work out your personal requirements for ILR. The one universal necessity is that you must complete the ‘Life in the UK’ test, which consists of 24 questions about various British traditions. You can complete this test at one of the many centres dotted around the UK.

Processing time

In the majority of cases, the waiting time after applying is a maximum of 6 months.


The fees are fairly consistent, irrespective of which visa you hold when you make your application; applicants must pay to apply by post and to apply in person. The Life in the UK test costs a further .

British citizenship

The next (and final) step up after ILR is citizenship: full, bona fide citizenship. The journey to acquiring it is fairly lengthy but it’s doable. There are two routes: by naturalisation or by registration. If you’ve lived in the UK for a minimum of 5 years and also held ILR for at least 12 months then you can apply to be naturalised as a British citizen. Registering as a citizen is more simple, but you need to have been born to at least one British parent or born in the UK on or after 1st January 1983. Currently, the fees for citizenship by naturalisation or registration are and respectively.

If you're considering a move to the UK, we also recommend you check out our detailed guide to healthcare in the UK.

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Are Australian citizens allowed to work in UK? ›

Do Australian citizens need a visa to work in the UK? Australians can live in the UK visa-free for up to six months as a tourist. However, if you're looking to do any paid, unpaid or volunteer work while in the UK, you will need a working holiday visa.

Do Australians need a visa for UK 2022? ›

If you're an American, Canadian or Australian tourist, you'll be able to travel visa-free throughout the UK, providing you have a valid passport and your reason for visiting meets the immigration rules.

How do you get a job in the UK as an Australian? ›

How to get a job in the UK.
  1. informal phone or video interview.
  2. a visit to the Randstad office in UK to complete registration forms (bring documentation).
  3. permanent job seekers will then have an interview with their potential employer.
  4. for temporary contracts you may not be required to take the second interview.
5 Jan 2019

Are you eligible to work in the UK? ›

You automatically have the right to work in the UK if: you're a British or Irish citizen. you have pre-settled or settled status from the EU Settlement Scheme - or you've applied and you're waiting for a decision. you have a family permit from the EU Settlement Scheme.

How long can an Australian work in UK? ›

You can live and work in the UK for a maximum of 2 years. Also, don't worry about applying if you're nearly 31; if you hit your 31st birthday while you're in the UK, you can stay until your visa runs out. However, no visa extensions are possible. Not every nationality is allowed to apply for the Youth Mobility Scheme.

How easy is it for an Australian to move to UK? ›

Australia has quite a few reciprocal agreements with the UK and a few more visas available, so it does make the transition to the UK a little easier. Pssst. there are plenty of helpful tips in this post even if you're not from Australia! Even if you're moving from Australia to another country.

Do Australians need UK visas? ›

As non-visa nationals, Australians can normally seek entry as a Visitor on arrival in the UK without needing to apply for a visa in advance.

Which countries can Australian citizens work? ›

Australia has reciprocal Work and Holiday arrangements with the following countries:
  • Argentina - Embassy of the Argentine Republic.
  • Austria - Embassy of Austria.
  • Brazil - Embassy of Brazil.
  • Chile - Embassy of the Republic of Chile.
  • Czech Republic - Embassy of the Czech Republic.
  • Ecuador - Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador.
1 Jul 2022

How long can Australian stay in England without a visa? ›

You may be able to extend your stay if you have permission to be in the UK for less than 6 months. You can extend your stay up to a total of 6 months. You can only apply to stay in the UK for longer than 6 months if you're: a patient receiving medical treatment.

Who is eligible for work permit in UK? ›

Temporary work visas in the UK

To be eligible you'll need to be 18 or over when you apply and have a 'Certificate of Sponsorship' from a UK sponsor. Graduate⁸ - for those wanting to stay in the UK for up to 2 years after successfully completing a course in the UK.

What proves you are eligible to work in the UK? ›

You can prove your right to work by showing your employer either: your valid passport - it must have a stamp or sticker from the Home Office saying you can stay in the UK and you can do the type of work you're applying to do. your online share code.

What documents are needed for right to work in UK? ›

The following documents show the applicant's right to work in the UK.
  • Passport. ...
  • Permanent resident card. ...
  • National identity card. ...
  • Registration certificate. ...
  • Biometric immigration document. ...
  • Immigration status document. ...
  • Birth or adoption certificate. ...
  • Certificate of registration or naturalisation.
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How can I get work permit in UK without job offer? ›

CRITERIA. You don't need a job offer or sponsorship to qualify for the visa. You can go to the UK and set up as self-employed or volunteer. This visa can only be granted once and will not be available to those who have already had Graduate visa.

Is it cheaper to live in UK or Aus? ›

The average cost of living in Australia ($1947) is 8% more expensive than in the United Kingdom ($1804).
Australia vs United Kingdom - Cost of Living Comparison.
AustraliaUnited Kingdom
🏘️ Family rent$1701$1906
🍽️ Food expenses$495$426
🚐 Transport expenses$226$164
💳 Monthly salary after tax$4211$2896
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How can an Australian live in the UK permanently? ›

Live permanently in the UK
  • Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)
  • Prove you have right of abode in the UK.
  • Apply to stay in the UK as a stateless person.

Can I live in England with an Australian passport? ›

requirements for australians

When moving to the UK from Australia, you need to be in possession of a valid passport. You also need to acquire a Visa. The type of Visa you select will depend on your reason for moving to the UK and your intentions in terms of working or studying in the United Kingdom.

What kind of visa do I need to work in UK? ›

A Skilled Worker visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer. This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa.

Can I work in another country as an Australian citizen? ›

For Australian citizens, the Working Holiday Maker program offers the opportunity to travel and work overseas in over 40 different countries or jurisdictions. Australian participants can generally stay for up to 12 months and undertake short-term work and study.

How long can an Australian citizen stay out of Australia? ›

If you intend to move overseas for six months (183 days) or more in any twelve month period, you must notify the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). From the date of leaving Australia you must do this within 7 days.

Can Australians get work visas? ›

If you want to spend time working in Australia you will need a work visa, the type of visa you may get will depend on how long you want to stay, it is likely that you will need to have an occupation that is on a skills shortage list. Before you start, we recommend you check the full disclaimer.

How long does it take for UK visa to be approved 2022? ›

You should get a decision within 12 weeks once you either attend your appointment at the visa application centre or when you submit your online documents after completing the ID Check app.

How much bank balance is required for UK visa? ›

You must submit 6 months of bank statements that clearly show your monthly salary and financial commitments. There must not be any large deposits of cash other than your salary. Total savings must be at least twice your proposed UK trip expenses.

How much is a UK visa from Australia? ›

Standard Visitor visa - for UK, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey
Visa typesVisa application fee (AUD)
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)184
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)692
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)1233
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)1541
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Who can work in the UK 2022? ›

In most cases, you will need to be at least 18 years or over, have a job offer and Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from a licence temporary worker sponsor, and have sufficient funds to support yourself (at least £1,270). It is important to check the exact eligibility criteria for your chosen visa.

Can I go to UK for work permit? ›

You can apply for this visa if you have been offered a skilled job in the UK. The salary requirements for this visa are £25,600, or the specific salary requirement for the occupation or the 'going rate'. You must also have been offered a COS-Certificate of Sponsorship from the licensed sponsor in the UK.

Is it easier to get UK work permit? ›

Is it difficult to get a UK work visa? Some UK work visas are more difficult to obtain than others, with different route-specific requirements. In many cases, the applicant will need to have the offer of a job meeting minimum skill and salary requirements from a licensed sponsor.

What documents do I need to work in UK as a foreigner? ›

When you apply you'll need to provide:
  • your certificate of sponsorship reference number - your employer will give you this.
  • proof of your knowledge of English.
  • a valid passport or other document that shows your identity and nationality.
  • your job title and annual salary.
  • your job's occupation code.

Can I get a job in London as an Australian? ›

If you intend to apply, you will need to do so six months prior to your travel and provide all necessary documentation. A Skilled Worker visa allows Australian professionals to stay in the United Kingdom to do an eligible job with a Home Office approved UK employer.

Do Australian citizens need visa for UK? ›

Make sure you meet all entry and exit conditions. If you don't, the Australian Government can't help you. If you're travelling to the UK as a tourist for less than 6 months, you usually won't need a visa.

Can Australian citizens get UK citizenship? ›

If you are Australian and you have a British parent, you may be a British citizen, and may be able to apply for a British passport rather than a visa. If you were born after 01 January 1983, and you have a parent who is British “otherwise than by descent”, you may be a British citizen.

Is it better to work in Australia or UK? ›

Facts first: Salaries are on average 28% higher in Australia than in the UK. The average salary among graduates is painfully low in the UK – about £26,345 compared to £33,200 in Australia. Yet, the unemployment rate for college graduates in the UK is lower than in Australia: 4.6% vs 7.1%.

How can I work in UK? ›

work for a UK employer that's been approved by the Home Office. have a 'certificate of sponsorship' from your employer with information about the role you've been offered in the UK. do a job that's on the list of eligible occupations. be paid a minimum salary – how much depends on the type of work you do.

Can I work in the UK without a visa? ›

Non-British or Irish Citizens must have a work permit to enable them to work in the UK, this includes any EEA or Swiss national who was not resident in the UK before 1 January 2021. The work that they can undertake will depend on the type of work permit they hold.

Can Australians get residency in UK? ›

Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa This visa lets eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens work and travel throughout the UK for two years. Ancestry visas This visa is based on having a UK-born grandparent, and is one of the most popular routes to permanently live and work in the UK.


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