If you are a frontier worker, you will need a frontier worker permit to enter the UK to work from 1 July 2021. A Frontier Worker permit lets you come to the UK to work while living elsewhere. You may be eligible to apply for Frontier Worker visa for UK if all of the following apply:

  • you are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • you live outside of the UK
  • you began working in the UK by 31 December 2020

You must usually have worked in the UK at least once every 12 months since you started working here. You may still be able to apply if you’ve had periods of unemployment or were unable to work during this time.

What The Frontier Worker Permit Allows You To Do?

You can use your permit to enter the UK as a frontier worker and show your right to:

  • work
  • rent
  • access benefits and services, including NHS healthcare, if you meet the relevant eligibility requirements

Fees For Frontier Worker Visa UK

There’s no fee to apply for the permit, and you do not have to pay the immigration health surcharge. You may have to pay to submit your biometric information (photograph or fingerprints).

Family Members Of Frontier Worker

Family members of Frontier Worker are not allowed to join or accompany the Frontier Worker to the UK.

How Can We Help?

As your legal representatives, our immigration solicitors can represent you in your application for Frontier Worker visa and carry out all the work on your application until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI. If instructed to represent you regarding your Frontier Worker visa, the immigration casework to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Assessing your eligibility for Frontier Worker visa by considering all your personal circumstances;
  • Advising you on the weaknesses and strengths of your Frontier Worker visa;
  • Advising you on the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your Frontier Worker visa;
  • Assessing your documents to ensure that the documentary evidence is as per requirements of the Home Office UKVI immigration Rules;
  • Completing and submitting the online application form to apply for Frontier Worker visa by gathering all the relevant information from you;
  • Where necessary, booking your appointment with the visa application centre for enrolment of biometrics;
  • Preparing a detailed cover letter to introduce and support your frontier worker visa application;
  • Uploading online all the relevant supporting documents to be considered by the Home Office UKVI;
  • Liaising with the Home Office UKVI for a timely decision on your frontier worker visa application.

Our Fee For Frontier Worker Visa

Unless your matter is very complicated, our fixed fees for Frontier Worker visa are as given in the fee table below:

Our Service Our Fee
Full service for Frontier Worker visa to  cover all the work until decision by the Home Office UKVI From £800 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the application and the volume of casework involved in the Frontier Worker visa application. VAT will not be applicable where applicant is applying for entry clearance from outside the UK.

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FAQs - Frontier Worker Visa UK

Who can apply for Frontier Worker Visa UK?

You can only apply for a Frontier Worker permit if you’re from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, and you:

  • live outside the UK
  • meet the requirements for working in the UK
How can you meet living outside the UK requirement?

You must live ‘primarily’ outside of the UK. How you meet this requirement depends on how much time you’ve spent here since 1 January 2020.

You’ll be eligible if you’ve spent less than 180 days in total in the UK over the course of any 12 month period.

If you’ve spent 180 days or more in the UK within 12 months

You’ll still be eligible if, in that 12 month period, you returned to the country you live in at least either:

  • once every 6 months
  • twice in the 12 month period

You’ll still be able to apply if there are exceptional circumstances meaning you could not travel to your country of residence in this period, such as an illness or accident.

How can you satisfy working in the UK requirement for Frontier Worker visa UK?

You must:

  • have started working in the UK while living elsewhere by 31 December 2020, either as an employed or self-employed person
  • do eligible work
  • usually have worked in the UK (as an employed or self-employed person) at least once every 12 months since you started working here

Eligible work

You’ll be eligible as long as your work in the UK is ‘genuine and effective’. This means it must be more than small, one-off tasks, such as:

  • an interview
  • taking part in a one-off competition or audition
  • signing a contract

If you’re not sure if your work is eligible, the Home Office has guidance on what counts as genuine and effective work.

If you’ve been unable to work or unemployed in the UK during a 12 month period

You might still be eligible if you’ve been unemployed or not worked during this time because you were:

  • temporarily unable to work because of an illness or accident
  • temporarily unable to work because you were pregnant or had given birth
  • unable to come to the UK and work because of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • voluntarily unemployed and doing vocational training related to your last occupation
  • involuntarily unemployed, and either looking for work in the UK or doing vocational training

This is known as having ‘retained worker’ or ‘retained self-employed person’ status.

If you became involuntarily unemployed and are looking for work, you’ll keep your status for:

  • 6 months if you worked in the UK for less than a year before becoming unemployed
  • as long as you continue to look for work, if you worked in the UK for a year or more before becoming unemployed

You’ll need to be registered as a jobseeker with an employment office (such as Jobcentre Plus) and provide evidence that you’re looking for work in the UK.

What documents will be rquired to apply for Frontier Worker visa UK?

When you apply you’ll need a valid passport or national identity card.

You’ll be told which documents you need to provide when you apply. Some depend on whether you’re employed or self-employed, for example:

  • an employment contract, or contracts to work in the UK
  • payslips, or copies of invoices for work carried out in the UK

If you have ‘retained’ status, you’ll be asked for evidence for which criteria you meet. For example, a letter from a doctor if you have an illness, or copies of recent job applications if you’re unemployed and seeking work.

The Home Office has more examples of the types of evidence you will be asked for.

How can I prove my identity for Frontier Worker visa UK?

As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity. How you do this depends on what identity document you use and whether you can use the UK Immigration: ID check app.

You’ll either:

  • use the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan your identity document (you’ll also create or sign into your UK Visas and Immigration account)
  • have your photograph and fingerprints taken at a visa application centre (if you’re applying from outside the UK and cannot use the smartphone app)
  • have your photograph taken at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point (if you’re applying from inside the UK and cannot use the smartphone app)

You will be told what you need to do when you apply.

How can I apply for Frontier Worker visa UK?

You can apply for Frontier Worker visa from outside the UK if you are outside the UK.

If you are inside the UK, you can apply for Frontier Worker visa from inside the UK.

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