Can a Visitor Convert a UK Tourist Visa to Work Permit?
No. It is not possible to switch visitor visa UK to job, work permit or any other route. However, only a prospective entrepreneur can switch visitor visa UK to an innovator visa after securing fundings. And only in limited circumstances, a tourist or visitor can apply for UK visit visa extension. Nevertheless, a domestic worker such as cleaner, chauffeur, cook, personal carer or nanny can work in the UK on a Domestic Worker Visa whilst accompanying a visiting employer.
Perhaps, it is relevant to mention that switching means changing the visa category in the UK. In fact, there are a number of routes, which allows switching. For instance, a migrant can convert fiance visa to UK spouse visa. However, a person on a UK marriage visa cannot switch to another migration route.
Moreover, in term of paragraph V 8.1 of Appendix V, switching to UK tourist visa from any other migration route is not possible. For instance, a student or worker cannot switch to become a tourist.
It is not possible to switch to become a visitor while in the UK Appendix V
WHEN IT IS POSSIBLE TO SWITCH TO A WORK PERMIT ROUTE?
Perhaps, since 2008, Tier 2 General has gradually replaced the other UK work permit routes. And at present is the major route for doing work/job in the UK. However, after the introduction of Non-PBS Work routes under Appendix W in March 29, 2019, migrants can switch to startup, innovator and global talent routes. Nevertheless, following types of applicants can switch to Tier 2 General (aka UK work permit visa):
- PBS Tier 1
- Tier 2 Sportsperson and Ministers of Religion
- Migrants on Intra Company Transfer visa under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2010, and the applicant is applying to change the sponsor
- Tier 4 Student – if the applicant has an eligible qualification or has done at least 12 months of a PhD
- Startup Visa
- Innovator Visa
Moreover, an applicant can also switch to work permit route if he/she is:
- a dependent partner/spouse of someone with a Tier 4 Student Visa
- a representative of an overseas business
You must leave the UK and make your Tier 2 (General) application from abroad if you’re not in any of these categories. Home Office