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Overseas Candidate

 
#1 Overseas Candidate
07/01/2013 21:49

IntlCandidate

Hello all,

I'm a Canadian citizen with 2 years experience as a management consultant and about to finish my MBA this year. I would love to move to the UK for my career and be closer to family. Any suggestions on how to go about the work visa route? Should I apply first for the visa? Or should I work towards obtaining a job offer and use the offer in my visa application?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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#2 RE: Overseas Candidate
07/01/2013 23:48

big mac to IntlCandidate (#1)

The immigration rules for the UK have changed. Unless you plan on applying for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility (which as a Canadian I think you are eligible for) you will have to get sponsored by a firm in order to obtain a work visa.

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#3 RE: Overseas Candidate
08/01/2013 15:16

pie to big mac (#2)

You mention having family in England? As a commonwealth citizen with British family, I think you can get the 5-year ancestry visa, which gives full work authorization. Unless they've changed it with the most recent and unfortunate reforms... But I know a Canadian here now who has it.

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#4 RE: Overseas Candidate
08/01/2013 18:00

IntlCandidate to pie (#3)

Thanks for the replies!

@big mac Unfortunately I'm no longer considered youth so Tier 5 is out of the question.

@pie My family is uncles, aunts, cousins and more extended family. I wouldn't be able to show 'ancestry' the way it is required. The way I interpret it is you need show parents/grandparents are UK citizens. Is this what your friend did?

Again, the replies are greatly appreciated!

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#5 RE: Overseas Candidate
08/01/2013 22:47

big mac to IntlCandidate (#4)

You can only get ancestry if one of your grandparents were born in UK. I feel your pain as I am in a similar situation. I had to leave last year as my Tier 5 expired. I have been sponsored by a firm to come back, I signed the contracts in October and I am still waiting for my Certificate of Sponsorship to apply for the visa! That's the only way to come back I'm afraid.

Good luck!

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#6 RE: Overseas Candidate
10/01/2013 05:26

IntlCandidate to big mac (#5)

Well, I'll keep researching. But it looks as though I'll need to secure a job offer to make this happen.

Thanks!

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