2011 Visa Options for SA to Work in UK

The UK system continually changes. In 2005 -2009 the UK allowed gap year students and tertiary qualified applicants to work in the UK. Since the 2009 recession, the UK government is more driven to prioritise locals with jobs as opposed to giving foreigners jobs. With this in mind, gap year students and tertiary qualified applicants are no longer welcomed like they previously were.

The best visas that offer employment rights at present are: (in order of popularity from Move Up’s perspective)
Ancestral visa (Birth Rights)
Family Dependents on EU/ British passport holders (Married or Unmarried and/or child dependents)
Tier 4 (Student Visas)
Sole Representative
Tier 1 Entrepreneur
Tier 1 Investor
Tier 2 (Employer Sponsored)
Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme)

Please contact us if you are looking to find out what are your best options. For more details about Move Up’s visa representation, take a look at our Sign Up page.

6 thoughts on “2011 Visa Options for SA to Work in UK

  1. Ryan Rennison says:

    Hi Dianne,

    Thanks for your query.

    What we have found is that South Africans that have been doing care work in the UK are ones with birth ties to the UK.

    Usually a parent or grandparent.

    If you have a parent or grandparent born in the UK, you can consider this opportunity feasible.

    If not, we recommend that you wait out the Brexit negotiations. We are of the opinion that the strict immigration rules will be lifted (and this in turn will hopefully open up work permit opportunities again).

    Any other questions, please don’t hesitate to email: info@moveup.co.za

  2. ryan_pine says:

    Hi My grandfather’s, father was born in the UK do I still qualify for ancestry rights?

  3. Nontobeko says:


    I am 32 year South African woman. I would like to know the requirements of the work visa in UK.

  4. Ryan Rennison says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for your query.

    I assume you are referring to your great grandfather being UK born. If so, you do not have a claim to Ancestry working rights. It is passed down a maximum of 2 generations. Therefore your grandfather needed to be UK born.

    Thanks for giving Move Up the opportunity to assist.

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