Documents you must provide

When you apply you’ll need to provide:

  • your certificate of sponsorship reference number
  • proof of your knowledge of English
  • a bank or building society statement or letter that shows you have enough personal savings (unless your certificate of sponsorship shows your sponsor can support you)
  • a current passport or travel document to prove you can travel - you need a blank page in your passport for your visa
  • expired passports or travel documents if you need them to show your travel history
  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country
  • a criminal record certificate - if you’re working with vulnerable people

If your documents are not in English or Welsh you’ll also need to provide a certified translation.

Read the guide for a list of documents you can provide.

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.

Criminal record certificate

You’ll need to provide a criminal record certificate if you work in:

  • education, for example teachers, education advisers and school inspectors
  • healthcare, for example nurses, doctors, managers, pharmacists, dentists, ophthalmic opticians
  • therapy, for example psychologists, speech and language therapists
  • social services, for example social workers, managers, probation officers

Check the full list of professions that need to get a certificate.

You’ll need a certificate from any country you’ve stayed in for a total of 12 months or more over the last 10 years.