This section contains information about work-based immigration categories outside the points-based system.
These categories are currently open to people who want to come to and work in the UK. The categories below are under review - they remain open at present but may change in the future. Details of any changes will be published on this website.
Domestic workers in private households
This section explains how you can apply to come to or remain in the UK as a domestic worker in a private household.
Contract seaman employed on a fishing vessel operating in UK territorial waters
This section explains how contract seamen employed on fishing vessels operating in UK territorial waters are affected by UK immigration law, and describes how they can apply to us for permission to enter or stay and work here.
Representatives of overseas business
This section explains how you can apply to come to the UK as a representative of an overseas company or as an employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation. If you are currently in the UK in the former immigration categories of 'sole representative of an overseas business' or 'representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation', this section explains how to extend your stay or apply for settlement.
Other categories - now closed
The following work-based categories have recently been closed. If you want to come to the United Kingdom to work in one of these areas, select the type of work below to find out how you should now apply.