Before you enter the UK, you may require a visa dependent on your age and nationality. Please look at the following categories to see which visa fits your circumstances. Without an applicable visa and passport you will not be able to enter the UK!
YOUTH MOBILITY SCHEME TIER 5
If you are a Canadian, Australian or NZ citizen aged 18-30 and haven’t previously entered the UK using this visa, you will qualify under a Youth Mobility Scheme Tier 5.
It is a simple online application to start the process and is the most common way to enter the UK, allowing you to work unrestricted for 2 years. A YMS visa can take around 2 months to process but in an emergency situation can be fast tracked in as little as 1 week.
For further information please visit: https://www.gov.uk/tier-5-youth-mobility
UK ANCESTRY VISA
If you are a Commonwealth national and can prove that one of your parents or grandparents was born in the United Kingdom, you may be eligible for an Ancestry visa. This is a 5 year visa which allows you to work unrestricted in the UK. There is a fee for processing the visa along with a separate healthcare surcharge fee. Applying for this visa can be started online.
To find out more and start the application process please visit: www.gov.uk/ancestry-visa/overview
EUROPEAN UNION (EU PASSPORT)
If you have a passport from any country within the European Union, you will have the automatic right to enter the UK. If you don’t have an EU passport but have a parent or grandparent that you can prove was born within the European Union, you may be eligible for a passport from that country. It is worth noting however that some countries are far more restrictive than others in processing passport applications. Any subsequent changes to right of passage for EU citizens due to Brexit may follow in due course.
WORK PERMIT (TIER 2 GENERAL- SHORTAGE OCCUPATION)
If your circumstances don’t fit any of the previous categories, the final option is to enter the UK on a work permit. This means you must be sponsored directly by a school. This application is only available to teachers who have qualified as a Maths, Science or Computer Science specialist. All citizens regardless of age from the US, Jamaica and South Africa will require a work permit along with teachers who are 31 years of age and above from Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Full assistance is provided to all teachers requiring sponsorship. Candidates are connected with our UK immigration expert who will be on hand to walk teachers through the process via a free consultation once a teaching position has been secured.