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Updated March 2024

The United Kingdom is a popular destination for visitors looking to settle down. The country 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

Visit visas, family visas, and graduate visas do not require a sponsor in the UK.

Only work visas require sponsorship in the UK. Most work visas, especially long-term ones, require 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, this sponsorship is not required for certain visas. 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 a 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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