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Work permit for hiring expats via PEO in the United Kingdom

If you plan to have expat employees working for your company abroad without the cost of setting up your own business entity to employ them in the host country or countries, our global employment solution and work permit & immigration support is the way for you to go.

As a global employment organization, Acumen International takes on responsibility for visa and work permit sponsorship for your expatriate personnel that we employ locally on your behalf after they’ve received a work permit in the United Kingdom. We manage all aspects of immigration and ensure compliance with local employment laws and regulations, giving you an opportunity to focus on daily management of your expat employees instead of admin.

You can benefit from our work permit & immigration support in the following way:

  1. As a long-term solution allowing to have expats employed with full legal compliance in a foreign (host) country
  2. As an interim solution before establishing your own business entity in the UK

Solution for global mobility of expats in the UK

Acumen International can handle long-term international assignments for various types of expatriates in the United Kingdom to give you freedom from the exposures and liabilities of hiring expatriate staff there. To help companies like yourself take the first steps toward international growth fast and risk-free, we have turned the cumbersome immigration procedure into a doable solution, which can be tailored to the specific needs of your global mobility program.

With our expertise and years of experience in global immigration support, we offer a comprehensive solution to ensure that your international employees get their work permit within the standard duration of the immigration service in the UK and are officially employed through us afterwards. Learn more about the timelines requirements for getting a work permit in the UK below.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in the United Kingdom takes from 2 to 3 months until entry to the United Kingdom, and a further 1 day before the entire process is completed.


Major steps to get a work permit in the United Kingdom

  1. Resident Labor Market Test (RLMT)
  2. Certificate of Sponsorship Allocation
  3. Certificate of Sponsorship
  4. Biometrics and Entry Clearance Application
  5. Entry to the UK
  6. Biometric Residence Permit Collection

Documents for work permit in the United Kingdom, main applicant

Name Notes Copies
Tuberculosis Certificate Certificate issued by clinic following the chest x-ray to be used for the application, valid for six months. One original
Application Form for Visa (VAF9) To be completed online. One original
Health Surcharge 200 GBP per year for the principal applicant and an additional 200 GBP for each dependent. The annual fee is payable upfront so an application for three years would mean a 600 GBP health surcharge per person. One original
2 UK passport photographs 1. Size: 3.5cm x 4.5cm 2. Full face and without sunglasses, hat or other head covering, unless applicant wears this for cultural or religious reasons. 3. Against a white background. 4. Printed on normal photographic paper. 5. Of good quality, and they cannot be framed or contain any type of backing. One original
Stamped Biometrics Appointment Booking Confirmation Once the biometrics have been taken, the booking appointment confirmation will be stamped by the diplomatic post/Visa Application Support centre. One original
English Language Evidence Documentary evidence of English language ability must be supplied (unless applicant is a national of an English-speaking country as listed in UK Visas and Immigration guidance) as one of the following: *English language test certificate *Evidence of a degree taught in English, a letter from the university confirming the degree was taught in English and a letter of approval from the UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC). Transcripts or letters of degree from the university may be accepted in lieu of the actual diploma certificate depending on circumstances. One original
Valid Passport One original
Application Fee 587 GBP for a visa up to three years and 1174 GBP for up to five years generally paid in local currency by cash, bank draft, postal or money order payable to the mission or on-line following the instructions provided. Note that Turkish and Macedonian nationals pay slightly lower fees. One original

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in the United Kingdom without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Call us at +1 (813) 336-1605, +44 (203) 468-8777 for more information about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in the United Kingdom.

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