I am a Canadian citizen with a bachelors degree and the CFA. What are my options for work visa to the UK.
Province/Country relating to question: London
HiThanks for your question and detail you have provided. For clarity and the avoidance of doubt, could you please respond to the following USING THE SAME NUMBERING:-1. Do you have any British ancestry2. Please provide details of the acronym "CFA" that you useKind regards.Tom
no British ancestry. My family are citizens of Cyprus as well if that helps.
Chartered Financial Analyst
Hi, Have you established whether or not you would be eligible for Cypriot nationality?Tom
yes but it will likely take several months and would want something in the next 1 to 3 months.
HiThanks for your reply. My answer assumes that you wish to come here to work for a significant period of time (eg. A year or longer)Work visas are visa nationals are extremely limited at the moment, because the rules have been significantly tightened recently. Unless you have access to significant funds (ie.£200, 000.00) then the only option is to apply for a Tier 2 Sponsored Skilled Worker visa. This is a points based visa application, which means that you must have the requisite number of point, including the requirement to have a job offer from a licensed sponsor employer:-http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/tier2/general/eligibility/If the job which you obtain a job offer is not on the following list then you will have to get the employer to carry out a resident labour force test to establish that there is no part of the resident labour force existing in the UK that could do the job at the salary offered (very difficult):-http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/workingintheuk/shortageoccupationlistnov11.pdfif you do not have the requisite number of points then there is no point applying because it will be rejected. It would also take at least three months before you get approved and get your passport back. If you obtain a Cypriot passport then as soon as you have it you may travel to the UK to work because you will have EEA treaty rights, which means that you can travel to work in the UK unrestricted. This is the benefit of being an EEA member state national, so I would suggest that the quickest, least expensive way forward would be to apply for your Cypriot citizenship/passport. If this has been useful please kindly click accept so that I may be rewarded for my time. If you do not click accept your money stays with the site and I do not receive any credit for the time I have taken to answer your question. You will not be charged any further money for clicking accept.If you wish for me to provide you with further guidance on any question you may have in the future then please submit a further question to the board requesting me either by my profile or by marking your question. “FAO Tom”. Kind regards,Tom
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