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Updated April 2024

Those who are citizens of Pakistan and wish to have employment in the United Kingdom may be required to submit an application for a UK work visa. It is essentially a type of authorization for immigration that permits one to enter and remain within the territory of the UK under specified circumstances and duration.

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In this article, Wego will outline the process for Pakistani citizens to obtain a visa for working in the United Kingdom.

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Under new government measures aimed at decreasing migration, UK visa salary requirements have significantly surged. The applicants are now required to have a salary of at least £38,700, a rise of almost 50% compared to the previous threshold of £26,200.

Although exemptions exist for certain professions like healthcare and education, overseas care workers are excluded from bringing family dependents despite their crucial role in the health and social care sectors.

UK work visa for Pakistan requirements 2024

Pakistani nationals can apply for different UK work visas depending on their skills, qualifications, job offers, and sponsorship. Pakistani students who complete their studies can also benefit from post-study work facilities.

General requirements

These are some general requirements that you usually need when applying for a work visa in the UK as a Pakistani:

  • certificate of sponsorship reference number – your employer will give you this
  • proof of your knowledge of English
  • a valid passport or another document that shows your identity and nationality
  • job title and annual salary
  • job’s occupation code
  • name of your employer and their sponsor license number – this will be on your certificate of sponsorship

Suppose your documents are not in English; you must provide a certified translation. Moreover, you might be asked to provide additional requirements based on your situation:

  • evidence that you have enough personal savings to support yourself in the UK, for example, bank statements (unless your certificate of sponsorship shows your employer can support you)
  • proof of your relationship with your partner and children if they’re applying with you
  • tuberculosis test results, if you’re from a listed country
  • criminal record certificate – if you’re working in specific jobs
  • valid ATAS certificate if your employer tells you that you need one because your job involves researching a sensitive subject at Ph.D. level or higher
  • your unique Ecctis reference number (formerly unique UK NARIC reference number). Since your qualification is from outside the UK – you’ll need to apply through Ecctis
  • a blank page in your passport for your visa.

Since you’re applying outside the UK, you must prove your identity. To do this, you can either:

  • have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application center in Pakistan – visit this website to get a biometric residence permit
  • use the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan your identity document – you’ll also create or sign into your UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account

Skilled worker visa

The skilled worker visa is the most famous visa for Pakistanis; it lets you work for an authorized employer in the UK. This visa replaced the Tier 2 work permit and enables you to work on UK waters, too.

Your visa can last for up to 5 years. You should apply to extend your visa when it expires or if you switch jobs or employers. This visa is suitable for you if you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • you must have knowledge of English
  • you must work for a UK employer that’s been approved by the Home Office
  • have a ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer with information about the role you’ve been offered in the UK
  • do a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations
  • be paid a minimum salary – how much depends on the type of work you do

The particular qualifications vary based on your career.

Overseas domestic worker visa

Suppose you are a domestic worker, such as a cleaner, chauffeur, cook, or nanny, employed by the same private household for at least one year and live outside the UK. In that case, you may be eligible to apply for this type of visa through your employer. Other eligibility requirements must also be met:

  • are 19 or older
  • have worked for your employer for at least 1 year
  • work in the same household as your employer or one they use regularly
  • plan to travel to the UK with your employer, their partner, or children
  • intend to work as a full-time domestic worker in a UK household your employer will live in
  • plan to leave the UK at the end of 6 months
  • can support yourself in the UK without the need for public funds

Your employer must be either:

  • a British citizen who usually lives outside the UK and who does not intend to remain in the UK for more than 6 months
  • a foreign citizen who is coming to the UK on a visit and who does not intend to stay for more than 6 months

Your employer must also pay you at least the national minimum wage.

Temporary work visas

Temporary work visas allow the applicant to work in the UK for a short period, usually up to 12 months. These visas include the Seasonal Worker visa, Government Authorized Exchange visa, Creative Worker visa, Religious Worker visa, Charity Worker visa, and International Agreement visa.

For more information on the type of work visas provided by the UK, you can visit the official government site.

UK work visa for Pakistan application process

Getting a UK work visa is easy if you follow the correct steps and thoroughly follow the UK government’s guidelines. The steps usually consist of the following:

  1. fill in the application form and answer in English
  2. pay for the visa fee online (in most cases)
  3. book and attend an appointment at a visa application center
  4. pay the health surcharge
  5. have your biometrics taken (fingerprints and photos) for a biometric residence permit.

UK work visa for Pakistan processing time

For skilled workers, once the application has been submitted and all documents have been processed, a decision on your visa will come

  • 3 weeks, if you’re outside the UK
  • 8 weeks, if you’re inside the UK

UK work visa for Pakistan price

The fees for Pakistani nationals applying for a UK work visa vary depending on the type and duration of the visa. Some examples of the fees for different work visas are:

  • skilled worker (certificate of sponsorship for 3 years or less): PKR 258,547
  • skilled worker (certificate of sponsorship for over 3 years): PKR 510,621
  • overseas domestic worker: PKR 229,060
  • temporary work visas: PKR 107,159

Please note that when you apply for a Skilled Worker visa, you need to pay the healthcare surcharge, which is usually £1,035 (PKR 358,755) per year. Furthermore, you need to have at least £1,270 (PKR 440,212) to support yourself once you arrive in the UK (unless you’re exempt).

If you don’t see your category here, you can head over to the complete price list of the UK government.


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