Applied for a visa sponsored job? What is next?

Visa Sponsored Jobs

Nowadays, almost all big employers use online application systems, where you fill in basic information and provide relevant documents, such as a CV. Once you apply, if the position does not sponsor a visa, your application will most likely be rejected automatically. Smaller employers may still ask you to send your CV via email. However, the chances of them sponsoring work visas are pretty low. That’s why, if you need visa sponsorship, it is important to apply for jobs that sponsor visas on platforms like UK Visa Jobs to avoid unnecessary disappointments.

Does this mean that if you apply for a visa sponsored job, your application will automatically progress to the next stage? The answer is no.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of job vacancies from March to May 2022 rose to a new record of 1,300,000. However, there is still a big number of people saying that they are struggling to find the right job.

The imbalance in the talent market is believed to be a result of the skill gap. Despite huge vacancies to be filled, employers are cannot find good quality staff due to candidates lacking the required experience or skills, pushing them to consider foreign nationals. UK Visa Jobs also has observed this slight change in the recruitment pattern as more and more companies are contacting UK Visa Jobs to advertise their vacancies, hoping to find the right candidate from anywhere around the world.

It is good news for UK Visa Jobs members and anyone who needs visa sponsorship to work in the UK. However, it does not mean that things will get easier for everyone. In the end, like the locals, how your application will progress is still down to your assessment scores, skills and experience.

Once an application is submitted, you may face two likely scenarios. The first scenario is your application being automatically reviewed and scored. Companies may receive hundreds of applications for a role. Many of them use an automated scoring system and online assessments to shortlist candidates. If this is the case, you must deal with automation before your application reaches a real person. It requires a compelling CV with good keywords and achieving good scores on online assessments. If you do not meet the minimum system benchmark, your application will be rejected even before being reviewed by a real person. If you are shortlisted, an HR person will review your application to decide whether to arrange an interview or not.

The other scenario is all applications being sent to the HR team directly for shortlisting. In this case, the human resource officer has to be very efficient in reviewing applications. They do not spend a lot of time reading your CV in detail. That’s why having a good, easy-to-read CV that clearly outlines your skills and experiences is essential. If they find your skills and background a match to the role, they may then arrange an interview for you and the hiring manager.

Although shortlisting is not a long process, it can take anywhere from a week to several months, depending on companies’ approaches. Some companies have specific deadlines, only after which they start progressing applications. Some companies consider internal applicants first before considering external applicants. In this case, they first interview people within their organisations, and if they still cannot fill the position, they will contact external applicants. In some cases, hiring managers can be away and only start reviewing applications once they return to the office. All these possibilities can delay the time you hear back regarding your application.

If you do not hear back from the company in four weeks, it is advised to follow up by asking for an update on your application. They may be able to tell you what’s going on, and if they are still shortlisting, you can wait patiently. If you have been unsuccessful, you can ask for feedback, if they provide one, and apply for the next company.