BPSS Clearance for UK Workers
What is the BPSS clearance? It is a work permit that allows people from outside of the European Economic Area to work in the UK. Getting this clearance can be tricky, so here are some steps to help you get your clearances and start working in no time.
Find out if you need a BPSS clearance: If you are from outside of the European Economic Area and want to work in the UK, then yes! You will need one.
You will need to apply for a BPSS clearance from your country’s embassy in London. For example, the US Embassy and its respective consulate are at 24 Grosvenor Square Camden NWI. The process can be time-consuming so make sure you know what you want before applying for it (e.g., visa type). It might take up to six months or more depending on how high of a priority this is with your government, but usually no more than 12 weeks if done properly.
Create an account on gov.uk and apply for your work permit online with CAF Plus+ or PAYE (depending on how much income tax you pay). Make sure that all necessary documents are submitted before applying as they may delay processing time significantly if missing at application stage. These include: passport with valid visa; CV; academic transcripts certified by awarding institution; proof of English language qualification(s) (e.g., IELTS certificate); bank statements showing available funds ($1700 per month), etc.; evidence of sponsorship etc.
When you get bpss clearance, you will be given a letter of sponsorship. The sponsor should complete the ‘Sponsor’ section in CAF Plus+ or PAYE and then submit it to UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) for approval, even if they are not sponsoring by themselves.
After you have received an offer from an employer who has sponsored you, wait until their sponsorship application is approved before applying for work permit yourself with Home Office using SET(M).