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Updated 11 May 2022

The United Kingdom is a popular country that draws visitors looking to settle down in the country. The UK also issues several visas, and you can easily choose what’s right for you based on your circumstances. However, several visas mandate sponsorship for entry, which may not always be easy to acquire. 

Looking for sponsor-free UK visas? We’ve got you covered. Keep reading to find out what types of UK visas are available without sponsors and how to get them. 

UK visas without sponsors

Only work visas require sponsorships. Other visit visas, family visas and student visas do not require a sponsor. Almost every work visa, especially long-term ones, requires sponsorship for the application process. This refers to a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK. 

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However, for certain visas, this sponsorship is not required. Below are the visas which don’t require a UK sponsor:

Short-term work visas

Investor, business development and talent visas

Other work visas 

How to apply for sponsor-free UK visa?

Just like every other visa application, you must apply online. How you apply depends on whether you’re:

If you want to change your job or employer, you must apply to update your visa. You can include your partner and children in your application to stay in the UK if they are eligible.

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