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Form, or continue to operate using a Canadian company. Apply for a visa to send your employee overseas to work for a client. Much easier to get than a full work permit for a single bloke who wants to come here job hunting.
Burn cash paying some work permit agent to 'get you a visa'. They can't manufacture facts. If you don't meet the criteria, you still won't get a visa, and you'll be even poorer as a result. If you lie to obtain a visa, you'll get deported after spending some time in a small room with no handle on the inside
Marry a UK Citizen. Wait an eternity while you convince UK Immigration you are really in love and it's a real marriage. Obtain a right to remain status. Go contracting. OK, so I threw this in for fun
- Need a client/job/contract/confirmed offer in advance of visa. Must be able to prove real client and not a visa scam
- To work via an Umbrella company you will need a work permit in advance.
- UK and European market is very depressed, and full of talented souls without the visa baggage. i.e. much easier for an agent to place.
- Rates are down, contracts are short, and budgets vanish. If the gig ends, the visa may not be transferable to another contract.
- UK Tax man is very hot on avoidance, so anything other than a UK Company, or 'reputable' Umbrella will see you on the wrong side of him.
As to your main question
Umbrellas are set up to enable UK Citizens to accept contracts without having to form their own company, and to avoid IR35 legislation aimed at stopping contractors evading personal tax and SS liabilities. Search the forums for IR35 and many related topics etc.
Originally Posted by Dupes
They have a very healthy market without complicating things trying to sponsor the odd chap who fancies a change of life in Blighty.
Also consider that they don't actually advertise for staff. You go to them when you have secured a contract. They then offer you a service to manage your earned income.
It is the agency who does the head hunting, and it is they who will send you for interview. They will not be interested in anyone who needs a visa or work permit. Too much hassle, and as I mentioned earlier, the market is flush with locals eager for their next role.
There is the odd exception, often mentioned in these forums, where an agent may state 'applications welcomed from those that need a work permit' or words to that effect. This usually means, 'the rate stinks so we are recruiting from places where they'll work for peanuts'.
I am not an expert, just someone who has experienced things first hand. If you need expert advice then seek out a qualified expert. My opinions are just that, my opinions. I could be wrong, and laws change, so trust nothing I say