If you are moving to UK from Spain in the post-Brexit period, you will carry out the whole visa procedure without any relaxation whether you are an EU or non-EU citizen. The new immigration system of the UK is a point-based system like Canada and Australia, in which any aspirant who is moving to UK from Spain needs to score 70 points.
Our immigration lawyers in London can assist you throughout the whole process of moving to UK from Spain.
What kind of visas does UK offer?
The United Kingdom has a very robust economy and it attracts a huge number of emigrants around the globe who want to settle in the UK for good. This country offers different categories of visas and permits for people who are moving to UK from Spain. Some kinds of visas and permits offered by UK are as follows:
- UK family visa: there are different categories of family visas for people who wish to settle in UK with an established person or a British citizen; become a partner through marriage or civil partnership with a financially stable person or a British citizen; visit family in UK;
- UK work visa: tier 1, tier 2 and tier 5 are some visas that UK offers to those people who want to immigrate to UK for the sake of work;
- UK study visa: The United Kingdom has left the Erasmus scheme along with the European Union, so as a Spanish citizen you can still study in UK, but first you need to apply for a study visa. UK offers different sets of study visas to the students of different ages, like tier 4 studyvisa for those aged amid 4 to 17 to study in England and the same visa is also used for those adults who want to pursue their tertiary studies in UK. The other visas are student visit visa and school tour visas in the UK.
- UK visit visa: you can get a visit visa to UK for short business trips and tourism. Tourist visas are granted for six months and short business trip visas are also usually handled very similarly to tourist visas.
- EEA family permit: European Economic Area (EEA) family permit is a visa that provides permission to an individual to enter and stay in UK.
- UK visa extension: if you are living in UK on a work visa or a study visa, you can apply for an extension in your stay under UK visa extension and lengthen your stay legally.
- UK tier visa: this is a point-based visa category system and assesses an applicant based on different factors like English proficiency level or age, etc. Some tier visas include skilled workers; un-skilled workers; high-value migrants; temporary workers and adult students.
Our immigration lawyers can guide you through this complicated procedure by helping you out with the question of which visa would be suitable for you.
How do Spanish people proceed with their application process for UK visas?
UK visa applications are mostly held online and it is recommended for a person who is planning to move to UK from Spain to start the application process a bit earlier (3 months before moving) to avoid any waste of time. As a Spanish citizen, you will be required to provide certain documents and information for all UK visa applications. The exact documentation and information that you need to provide are dependent on the type of visa you choose. However here is a general documentation guide if you want to move to UK for work, study or reunite with family:
- Evidence of UK financial requirements and proof that you can support yourself or your family;
- A test certificate to prove your English proficiency level;
- For family visa applications, birth and marriage certificates are necessary;
- For work visa applications, a certificate of sponsorship is necessary;
- For student visa applications, confirmation of acceptance for studies is necessary.
If any of your documents are in Spanish, then you need to have it translated by an accredited translator. Our immigration lawyers in UK can help you in the preparation of your portfolio of evidence.
Points-based system in UK
As per the new UK immigration system, the aspirants who are moving to UK from Spainunder a skilled worker visa need to score 70 points on the point-based system. There are mandatory points and tradeable points included in this system. The mandatory points are:
- English language proficiency at the level of B1 (10 points);
- Have a job at an appropriate skill level (20 points);
- If you get a job offer from a UK based company with a sponsorship licence (20 points);
- If a job includes a salary amid 20,480 pounds to 23,039 pounds on yearly basis, you will score 20 more points, but these figures are not necessary. You can gain these 20 points through other measures, and this is how you will score a total of 70 points.
On the other hand, tradeable points are as follows:
- Having a PhD in a STEM subject and get a relevant job (20 points);
- Get a job in a shortage occupation (10 points);
- Score a job in a relevant PhD subject (10 points);
- Salary of 25,600 pounds or above (20points);
- At least 90% of the going rate of the salary for the profession or higher (10 points);
You can contact our UK immigration lawyers if you are ready to move to UK from Spain. Our skilled lawyers will assist you through the whole immigration process.