Apart from having secured the job with your UK employer, in most cases your employer will have to pass the UKBA Resident Labour Market Test prior to issuing you a Certificate of Sponsorship for your Work Visa application.
The UKBA Resident Labour Market test aims to ensure that no one already legally present in the UK can fill the job. In other words, it means that the UK job market is missing the skills and talent and this is why your employer is able to justify he/she is employing someone from outside the UK. The employer has to advertise the job position during 28 days to pass this UKBA Resident Labour Market Test. The position must be advertised online through job centres and at least through one other method, for example a national newspaper or recruitment agency.
Exemptions from the test exist for people already in the UK and willing to switch to a work visa and for people qualifying for a job in shortage on the UK job market.
Getting the right to live and work in the UK
Alright, so you either applied for a job in shortage and got the position or your employer passed the Resident Labour Market Test? Great! Should you book the next flight to UK and start your work? Well.., not exactly.
To get the right to work in the UK your employer must be a licensed sponsor. Only licensed sponsors can issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) which is the single most important document for your visa and British work permit application.
You can find all the requirements you need by using Migreat’s free visa help tool, which will create a unique to-do list tailored after your profile.
Want to know more on the topic? You can read the full article and more on British Work Permits and the Resident Labour Market Test