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my friend is american and she wants to live and work here in

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my friend is american and she wants to live and work here in england!! what visas does she need and how much are they??
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: UK Immigration Law
Expert:  Paul Richmond replied 6 years ago.

Thank-you for your question. There are many different routes by which foreign nationals can enter and remain in the UK, all with different requirements. A good place to start is to take a look at the website of the UK Border Agency. This provides a useful outline of all the various immigration routes and the requirements of each. The website is available at:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/

 

If your friend is looking to work in the UK then she will have to apply under the Points Based System (PBS). She will have to pass a points assessment before she can get permission to enter or remain in the UK. Each of the PBS's five tiers has different points requirements - the number of points the migrant needs and the way the points are awarded will depend on the tier. Points are awarded to reflect the migrant's ability, experience and age - and, when appropriate, the level of need in the migrant's chosen industry. Most people apply under either Tier 1 (Highly Skilled Workers) or Tier 2 (Skilled Workers) of the Points Based System. All the information that you should need on applying for a Tier 1 (Highly Skilled Worker) visa is available here:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/tier1/general/ All the information that you should need on applying for a Tier 2 (Skilled Worker) visa is available here:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/tier2/general/

 

The UKBA has a tool which will allow your friend to calculate how many points she may get, and indicates whether she may be eligible to work in the United Kingdom under the points-based system. It is available here:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/pointscalculator

 

As to the cost of applying, this will vary depending on the nature of the application. The UK visa services website lists the different application fees for all the different categories here:

http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/visafees/

 

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