The process for obtaining a work permit for the UK is as follows: The sponsoring company must issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to the prospective worker. If the visa category comes under the government’s annual quota, the sponsor must first apply for the CoS before it can be issued to the individual.
Once the CoS has been issued, the individual can make their visa application. This comprises submission of their application form online, attending an appointment at a visa application centre for biometric enrolment and submitting their original supporting documents to the relevant Decision Making Centre.
Processing times vary greatly depending on the country of application but, as a rough guide, are around 15-17 working days under the Standard Service. In countries where Priority Service is available, applications will take between 6-10 working days.
Depending on the duration of stay granted, the applicant will be issued with a 30 day short-term visa in their passport and will need to enter the UK before this expires otherwise they will need to repeat the application process afresh. Following arrival in the UK, they will need to collect their Biometric Residence Permit card within 10 working days.