Emerald Technology Nov 7, 2022 11:41:55 PM 5 min read

The ultimate guide to hiring foreign nationals in the UK

The UK is one of the most welcoming countries in the world for foreign workers. With a strong economy and a global reputation for excellence, the UK is an attractive destination for talented workers from around the world.

The country also offers a great quality of life, a vibrant culture and plenty of opportunities for professionals. There are several different visas and residence permits available to foreign workers that want to work the UK and it is crucial you get the right one for your business.

As the UK’s economy continues to grow, so does the need for businesses to hire foreign nationals. With the Brexit vote, there has been an increase in the number of companies looking to hire in the UK. There are a number of reasons why you should start hiring in the UK, including the availability of work visas, the ease of remote working and high-quality talent.


The UK offers a number of visa options for foreign workers.

Below are three of the most common work visas: 


This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. The visa is available for highly skilled workers and allows a person to come to stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer. A certificate of sponsorship is required from the employer with information about the role offered. The role must be on a list of approved eligible occupations. The visa is valid for 5 years before it will need to be extended.


This visa is available to those overseas employer has offered a position in a UK branch of the company. This visa replaced the Tier 2 (intra-company transfer) long term staff visa. The visa is valid for either 5 years or the time given on the certificate of sponsorship by the company plus 14 days, whichever is shorter.


Applications for a global talent visa are for leaders or potential leaders in digital technology arts & culture and academia or research. A successful application must have been made for an endorsement to prove the applicant is either a leader or potential leader. The visa is valid for 5 years before it will need to be extended.


There are also visas available for specific types of work and both short or long term. Another popular visa, the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa for young people looking to live and work in the UK for up to two years. This is available to individuals who have certain types of British Nationality or are from certain countries and are in the age range of 18-30. To apply for a visa, you’ll need to have a valid passport and proof that you meet the eligibility requirements. You’ll also need to provide supporting documents, such as a job offer letter and evidence of your qualifications.

The UK has also established more visas specific to foreign investors, business developers and highly skilled and talented individuals. These include; UK Innovator visa, UK start-up visa, UK Graduate Entrepreneur visa and UK Investor visa. 


UK Resident permit

Once you’ve obtained a visa, you may need to apply for a residence permit. This is a document that gives you the right to live and work in the UK for a specific period of time. To apply for a residence permit, you’ll need to provide proof of your identity, your employment status, and your address in the UK. Remember, to consult with an immigration specialist to ensure you are following all the necessary steps.

So, to sum it up: it can be a good idea to hire foreign nationals in the UK if you know what you’re doing and have the time and resources. If you don’t know much about employment law or migration processes in the UK, we recommend that you start with an experienced global partner who can help guide you through the process.