What kind of UK work visa do I need as a hairstylist/barber for a Beauty Salon?

07 Dec 2023, 19 mins ago

There is no denying the attraction of working in the thriving UK beauty business as a hairdresser or barber. A special obstacle stands in the way of pursuing this desire, however as there are no visas specifically geared towards sponsoring barbers and hairdressers in UK beauty salons. We will go into the nuances of this issue in this blog, highlighting its present constraints and offering some possible solutions.

The Current Landscape:

UK visa options predominantly revolve around the Skilled Worker visa and the Government Authorised Exchange visa, however, this avenue may not seamlessly align with the needs of hairdressers and barbers seeking employment in beauty salons.

The Skilled Worker visa requires a job offer from a UK employer with a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). Whilst many professions are covered under this category, the specificity of the skill set required for hairdressing and barbering might not be fully addressed.

The Government Authorised Exchange visa includes various schemes, but the eligibility criteria may not be tailored to the nuances of the beauty industry.

Challenges Faced by Hairdressers and Barbers:

  • Lack of Recognition: The absence of a specific visa category for hairdressers and barbers indicates a potential oversight in recognising the unique skills and contributions of professionals in the beauty sector.
  • Barrier to Talent: Skilled hairdressers and barbers from around the world may find their aspirations hindered by the lack of a dedicated visa pathway, limiting the talent pool available to UK beauty salons.
  • Industry Dynamics: The beauty industry thrives on creativity, diversity, and a constant influx of fresh ideas. The current visa landscape may delay the industry’s ability to attract a diverse array of international talent.

The absence of dedicated visas for hairdressers and barbers seeking employment in UK beauty salons is a challenge that requires thoughtful consideration and collaboration. As the beauty industry continues to evolve there is an opportunity for stakeholders to advocate for a more nuanced and inclusive visa framework, ensuring that talented hairstylists and barbers can contribute their skills to the diverse and dynamic landscape of UK beauty salons. While navigating the current limitations, industry professionals and advocates can work towards a future where the visa system aligns more closely with the evolving needs of the beauty sector.

How Gherson can assist

Gherson’s Immigration Team are highly experienced in advising on UK visa matters. If you have any questions arising from this blog, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, send us an e-mail, or, alternatively, follow us on TwitterFacebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.

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