Our Services

UK Visas offer a comprehensive range of services for corporate clients and individuals.
Our immigration and visa application experts will take the time to understand your requirements before recommending the most appropriate service to meet your needs, all at a competitive price.
See all our Services
red toothbrush

, ,

Dental practices are increasingly looking to employ staff from outside the UK

Sep 28, 2022

In the last couple of years, fuelled by Brexit and the Covid pandemic, dental firms all around the UK are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit new practitioners from within the UK.

This is why many dental practices and groups are going down the sponsorship route, despite the obvious complexities, costs and time involved.

UK Visas, a specialist OISC immigration adviser, works for a number of dental clients, and the interest and take up of sponsorship is increasing every month.

How does it work?

Firstly, the practice – or group – needs to apply for a sponsor licence. These are issued for four years, and there is no limit to how many practices can work under the same licence as long as they are all owned by the same umbrella organisation. For UK Visas to help them obtain their licence, and support them throughout the four-year period, costs around £4500, including the Government fees. For independent practices and small groups – ie those with a turnover of £10.2 million or less – the cost is a little under £2500.

Once the licence is granted, the holder can employ as many staff from overseas as they need as long as the role qualifies and the salary is in accordance with the national pay scales. Here is a list of qualifying roles:

SOC 2215 – Dental practitioners: Dental surgeon, dentist, orthodontist, periodontist
SOC 2219 – Health professionals nec: Dental hygiene therapist
SOC 3218 – Medical and dental technicians: Dental hygienist, dental technician
SOC 6143 – Dental nurses: Dental assistant, dental nurse

Once a candidate has been selected, UK Visas can take over the whole sponsorship process on behalf of clients. This includes arranging for a Certificate of Sponsorship to be issued, checking the candidate satisfies the English requirements, preparing and submitting their Skilled Worker application for them, arranging any biometric appointments and then, once the visa is issued, ensuring they are fully briefed on how to collect their BRP card (if applying from outside the UK).

Visas are usually issued for three years initially, and then must be extended for a further two years before the worker can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. At this point they can work for any practice but until then they are only entitled to work for their sponsor.

The costs of obtaining the Skilled Worker vary depending on the candidate's location and their current visa status if here in the UK. The least expensive route is to sponsor a recently qualified UK graduate, which avoids the Government’s Immigration Skills Charge.

For further information about the whole process of obtaining a sponsor licence and applying for Skilled Worker visas please complete the enquiry form on our website or e-mail us directly at [email protected]

  • We have a great relationship with the UK Visas team, who provide a prompt, professional service and expert immigration advice. They take the worry out of the visa process, working efficiently even when dealing with numerous requests at once.

    Sarah Bond
    Human Resources Advisor
  • I can honestly say everyone that I deal with at UK Visas are very efficient, super helpful and informative and extremely nice (especially Ana and Garima). Also patient with all my questions – nothing is ever too much trouble, and very prompt with their responses.

    Jackie Thompson
    HR Assistant
  • I’ve worked with UK Visas for almost 10 years now, and the support and advice never fails. From the sponsorship of new employees to training for the whole team, UK Visas are always extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend their services!

    Helena Wittenbach
    Head of Human Resources,
  • Having worked with UK Visas for more than eight years, I cannot recommend their services enough. We have worked with them on a wide variety of immigration topics, including complex licence matters (following acquisitions), day to day sponsorship processes, and reporting; and we have always received an amazing service.

    Members of the team are responsive and come back to our queries quickly, they are always polite, and go out of their way to be as helpful as possible. Thank you to all of the team for the wonderful ongoing support you provide!

    Amy Gadsby
    Director, Human Resources - EMEA
  • We have worked with UK Visas for a number of years and the service that is provided is excellent.

    No query is too big or too small. Always accommodating and helpful. Thank you team!

    Louise Goddard
    Executive Business Partner to CEO and the Board
  • We have worked with UK Visas for over 10 years, since we initially requested obtaining a Sponsor Licence. From day one, their guidance, communication, professionalism, efficiency and support has been and continues to be exemplary, with no request too much.

    Thank you and we look forward to continuing the relationship.

    Sara Searle
    Head of Human Resources and Payroll
  • I’ve worked with UK Visas for over 6 years and always find them helpful, friendly and experts in what they do. I know I can always call them up or send them an email and I will get a detailed response, fast. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone to help and support with your visa journeys.

    Gerry Weiss
    HR Business Partner
  • We have been using UK Visas for many years and service is always expeditious, even as number of requests have increased in recent years. The team advise on a wide range of queries and are always supportive, informative and clear in their advice.

    Jodie Plom
    HR Administrator CVS Vets
Arrange a consultation

Contact our OISC advisor team

For more than a decade we have been assisting businesses and individuals with immigration and visa enquiries, providing sound advice and successfully handling applications.
Please submit your details via our online enquiry form and our expert team will be in touch to progress your enquiry. Alternatively, you may contact us directly on the phone number below.

Our Clients

At UK Visas, we're passionate about delivering exceptional service to our clients. We're excited to share their success stories with you and showcase our commitment to excellence.

Sign up for visa news

[fluentform id="2"]

Regulated by the OISC

We are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). Our registration number: F200300183.
Please note we are NOT a UK Government body or agency and have no connection with the UK Government.

Get in touch

[email protected]
01403 801801

Contact us

Arrange a consultation with our team of expertise.

Enquire today