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Skilled Worker Visa
In order to qualify for a Skilled Worker Visa, an individual needs an offer of a job from an approved UK sponsor, regardless of their nationality (except the British and Irish). Applicants can join dependent spouses and children after settling through the route.
An employer who is licensed by the Home Office must sponsor you to do a specific job, which meets certain salary and skill requirements, in order to receive a Skilled Worker Visa.
The number of skilled workers who can enter the UK is not limited.
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Who is eligible for A Skilled Worker Visa?
The UK Visas and Immigration require the following information in order to grant you a Skilled Worker Visa:
- You are at least 18 years old;
- Have you obtained a valid Certificate of Sponsorship for the job you plan to perform;
- Are you applying for a genuine position;
- The company sponsoring you has paid the Immigration Skills Charge;
- your position requires an appropriate level of skill;
- The English language proficiency level you possess is at least CEFR Level B1 (equivalent to IELTS 4.0);
- Your salary will be equal to or more than both the general salary threshold and the “going rate” for the occupation;
- you will be able to support yourself without relying on state assistance;
- If required, you have provided a criminal record certificate;
- If required, you have provided a TB certificate.
Depending on your circumstances, you will need to satisfy specific requirements. It is therefore highly recommended that you speak with our expert team to ensure that you meet the criteria from the outset of your decision to apply.
What is a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)?
A Certificate of Sponsorship is a document a licences employer issues to a new employee who it intends to hire under the skilled worker immigration route.
An employer issued Certificate of Sponsorship is necessary in order to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa.
A Certificate of Sponsorship must be from an employer authorised by the Home Office under the Skilled Worker route to sponsor the position in question.
On the Home Office’s register of licensed sponsors, your sponsor must be rated A, unless you have previously worked for the same sponsor as in your last permission.
If you are applying for a skilled worker visa, your Sponsorship Certificate must have been issued no more than three months ago.
Certain mandatory information must be included in your Certificate of Sponsorship, such as:
- Your name, your job title, and your salary;
- A start date that is not more than 3 months after the date of your application for a Skilled Worker visa;
- Confirmation whether the Certificate of Sponsorship has been used in a previous application which has either been approved or denied, and has not been withdrawn by the sponsor or cancelled by the Home Office;
What does ‘Genuine Vacancy Requirement’ Mean?
Obtaining a Skilled Worker Visa will require you to prove to the Home Office that you are being sponsored to perform an actual vacancy and that you are capable of performing the role for which you were given your Certificate of Sponsorship.
In the event that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the job you are to be sponsored for doesn’t exist, is a sham, or has been constructed primarily to facilitate your application for a Skilled Worker Visa, then your application will be rejected.
You will also need to ensure that the Home Office is satisfied that you have not entered into an agreement with a third party that involves filling a temporary or permanent position or undertaking contract work which involves carrying out an ongoing routine role or providing an ongoing routine service for a third party who is not your sponsor.
What does ‘Immigration Skills Charge Requirement’ Mean?
An employer seeking to employ foreign workers must pay a charge known as the Immigration Skills Charge.
Any required Immigration Skills Charge must also be paid in full by your sponsor.
Employers must pay the Immigration Skills Charge each time they assign a Certificate of Sponsorship to a migrant.
It is important to note that the Immigration Skills Charge must be paid in full by the employer who is sponsoring you.
It is common for sponsors to ask if they can deduct the Immigration Skills Charge from the worker’s salary or whether they can request it at the outset.
Sponsors must pay the ISC to the worker and cannot pass it on to the worker in any fashion.
An employer is likely to lose their sponsor license if they pass the Immigration Skills Charge on to a worker to pay in any fashion whatsoever.
What does ‘Appropriate Skill Level Requirement’ Mean?
An employer must sponsor you for a job that qualifies for a Skilled Worker Visa and has a minimum level of skill.
This is called ‘an Appropriate Skill Level Requirement’ and any licensed employer who wishes to hire a skilled worker, must ensure that the job being offered meets the requirement set out by the Home Office.
Skilled Worker Visa applicants must have RQF levels 3 or higher, which roughly equates to A-level qualifications.
Skills level requirements are not based on a formal qualification. If you meet the threshold, it will be determined by the skill level of the job you will be doing.
Within an Appendix to the Immigration Rules, the Home Office lists eligible jobs and their skill levels. All eligible jobs are assigned an occupational code. In order to qualify, the job must fall within an eligible occupation code in the Appendix.
An appropriate occupation code must be selected by your sponsor. Home Office will deny your application for a Skilled Worker Visa if it believes your sponsor has chosen the wrong occupation code.
The Home Office will assess whether your sponsor has selected an occupation code that is appropriate based on factors such as whether they have demonstrated a genuine need for the job as described, whether you have the necessary skills, qualifications, or experience to do the job described, and whether the sponsor has complied with immigration laws in the past.
What is the English Language Requirement for a Skilled Worker Visa?
In order to qualify for a Skilled Worker Visa, you must be able to demonstrate that you can communicate effectively in the English language.
You must show you have the required level of English language proficiency on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) in all 4 components in order to qualify for a skilled worker visa.
In order to satisfy the English language requirement, candidates applying for entry clearance or leave to remain as skilled workers must:
- You are a national of a country with a majority English-speaking population;
- Successfully passed the Secure English Language Test;
- Were awarded an English-taught degree;
- While attending school in the United Kingdom, you earned a GCSE/A Level in English; or
- They have already demonstrated that they meet the entry clearance or stay permission requirement, of level B1.
What Does Salary Threshold Requirement Mean?
Under the Skilled Worker route, employers seeking to hire skilled workers must compensate them with a salary that equals or exceeds the general salary threshold and the ‘going rate’ for the occupation (as indicated in the occupation code of the relevant job), whichever is higher.
Under the Skilled Worker route, the general salary threshold is £25,600 per year. The visa applicant must usually be paid a salary equal to or above £25,600 per year and at least 100% of the going rate for the occupation, whichever is higher. Salary assessments are based on guaranteed basic gross income.
Under the Skilled Worker route, some sponsored skilled workers may receive less than the above amount if they have been awarded ‘tradable points’ for other attributes:
- PhD holders who are qualified for the job may be paid a salary that is at least as high as £23,040 per year and 90% of the going rate for that occupation;
- PhD holders in STEM fields who are qualified for the job may be paid a salary that equals or exceeds both £20,480 per year and 80% of the going rate;
- If you are offered a position in a shortage occupation, your salary should equal or exceed both £20,480 per year and 80% of the going rate;
- If an applicant is new to the labor market, he or she may receive a salary that is at least the same as and/or greater than £20,480 per year and 70% of the going rate for the occupation;
- Job applicants in listed health or education occupations may receive salaries that equal or exceed both £20,480 per year and 80% of the going wage for the occupation.
What Does ‘Shortage Occupation List’ Mean?
There are skilled roles for which the Home Office keeps a list of positions for which employers are struggling to find enough workers.
This is a feature of the current Tier 2 work migration route called the Shortage Occupation List (SOL). These are occupations where employers are facing a labour shortage and where migrant workers can help fill that shortage
A number of special dispensations are provided for those occupations on the list within the immigration rules to make it easier for employers to hire migrant workers to fill vacancies in those areas of shortage.
It is the Government’s responsibility to regularly commission the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to recommend what occupations should be added to the SOL. However, it is ultimately the Government who chooses the occupations.
The salary threshold requirement will be reduced if you have a job offer for an occupation on the shortage occupation list.
What Do the Terms ‘New Entrant to the Labour Market’ and ‘Experienced Worker’ Mean?
People who apply for a Skilled Worker visa will either be considered as “new entrants” or as “experienced” workers.
A new entrant is someone who enters the market for the first time.
According to Home Office guidance, a “new entrant” means someone who is just entering the job market, or someone who is nearing the beginning of a career, and who meets certain criteria. The term does not refer to applicants who are making their first application for a Skilled Worker or entering the UK for the first time.”
An experienced worker is one who has experience in their field or is extending their visa. If you wish to find out whether you qualify as a new entrant, you should seek legal advice.
Who are the new entrants?
Those who meet one or more of the following criteria are considered new entrants according to Home Office guidance:
- An applicant who is under the age of 26 on the date they made their application.
- An applicant who is sponsored for a postdoctoral position in one of the following occupations:
- 2111 Chemical scientists;
- 2112 Biological scientists and biochemists;
- 2113 Physical scientists;
- 2114 Social and humanities scientists;
- 2119 Natural and social science professionals not elsewhere classified; or
- 2311 Higher education teaching professionals
- “An applicant who is working towards a recognised professional qualification in a UK-regulated profession.”
- An applicant who is working towards full registration or chartered status with a regulatory professional body in the role they are being sponsored for.
- An applicant who is switching from Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) to the Skilled Worker visa.
- “An applicant whose most recent permission, other than as a visitor, was under Tier 4 (General) or the Student route.”
What does it mean to be an experienced worker?
If an applicant does not meet one of the above requirements, they can apply for a Skilled Worker visa as an “experienced” worker.
The salary requirement is what separates a new entrant from an experienced skilled worker. In all occupations, new entrants are paid 30% less than experienced workers. Nevertheless, the minimum salary a new employee can earn is £20,480.
This can be a complex and confusing area of the immigration rules however, our expert team are able to guide and advise you on all aspects of your Skilled Worker Visa Journey.
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What Financial Requirements Must a Skilled Worker Applicant Meet?
In most cases, you need at least £1,270 in cash, subject to the exemptions below.
The money must have been held for at least 28 consecutive days and not more than 31 days prior to the date of your Skilled Worker Visa application.
If necessary, a fully ‘A-rated’ sponsor who agrees to cover your maintenance costs up to the end of the first month of your employment will exempt you from the financial requirement. This must be confirmed on your Certificate of Sponsorship by your sponsor.
If you are applying for permission to remain in the UK and have been here with permission for more than 12 months at the time of application, you qualify as meeting the financial requirement.
What Does Criminal Record Certificate Requirement Mean?
In the case of obtaining entry clearance for certain jobs (generally jobs in the health, care, welfare, and education sectors), unless it is not feasible to do so, you will be required to provide a criminal record certificate for any country in which, since the age of 18, you have resided for a period of 12 months or more (continuously or cumulatively) in the ten years prior to your application date.
You’ll need to provide a criminal record certificate if you’re applying from outside the UK and you work in:
- education, for example teachers, education advisers and school inspectors, childminders, teaching assistants
- healthcare, for example nurses, doctors, paramedics, managers, pharmacists, dentists and dental nurses, ophthalmic opticians
- therapy, for example psychologists, speech and language therapists, counsellors
- social services, for example social workers, managers, probation officers, welfare and housing officers
If you’ve lived in more than one country
You might need to provide a certificate from each country you’ve lived in, depending on your age and how long you stayed in each country.
If you’re under 28, you’ll need a certificate from any country you’ve stayed in for a total of 12 months or more since you turned 18.
If you’re 28 or over, you’ll need a certificate from any country you’ve stayed in over the last 10 years.
What Does Resident Labour Market Test Mean?
The Resident Labour Market Test is no longer a requirement under the immigration rules for Skilled Workers.
Previously, a UK employer who wanted to sponsor someone for a Tier 2 (General) visa – the main type – usually had to carry out a Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT).
This involved advertising the job in a special way for 28 days to see if there were any suitable settled workers available to fill the vacancy from within the domestic labour market.
Roughly speaking, a settled worker is a British or European Economic Area national, or someone who has indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
If any suitable settled workers applied (who met the minimum requirements of the job) then the employer would have to offer the job to them, rather than the non-EEA national they wanted to sponsor, even if the person they wanted to sponsor was the better candidate.
Following Brexit, it was evident that there were significant skills shortages in the UK and in order to fill those vacancies, employers needed more freedom to hire globally so that they can hire the best person for the job based on their skills and abilities.
In order to achieve a more balanced and effective approach, the focus has now shifted away from the former RLMT and now focuses instead on ensuring that the vacancy is genuine.
Under the current immigration system there are four main requirements for a Skilled Worker visa:
- The applicant must have a job offer from a licensed sponsor.
- The job must be at a certain skill level.
- The salary must be at a certain level.
- The applicant must satisfy an English language requirement.
Can I switch my existing visa over to the Skilled Worker Visa Route?
You might be able to apply to change (‘switch’) to a Skilled Worker visa if you’re already in the UK on a different type of visa.
Your partner or children will need to apply separately to switch their visa. They can either apply at the same time as you, or at any time before their current visa expires.
You must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do.
Your proposed job must meet strict job eligibility requirements
You must have a satisfactory proficiency of English in speaking, reading, writing and understanding.
Who cannot apply to switch to a Skilled Worker Visa from within the UK;
You cannot apply to switch to this visa if you’re currently in the UK:
- on a visit visa
- on a short-term student visa
- on a Parent of a Child Student visa
- on a seasonal worker visa
- on a domestic worker in a private household visa
- on immigration bail
- because you were given permission to stay outside the immigration rules, for example on compassionate grounds
You must leave the UK and apply for a Skilled Worker visa from abroad if you’re in one of these categories.
What Does ‘cooling off period’ in the Skilled Worker Route Mean?
The Tier 2 cooling off period previously barred Tier 2 visa holders from returning to the UK for a period of 12 months after their visa expired or moving back to a Tier 2 visa from another UK leave category within 12 months (unless they earned more than £159,600).
It applied to people who were either abroad and had their last grant of Tier 2 leave expire or finish; or who were in the UK and had an earlier period of Tier 2 leave, but then transferred to a different immigration category and then tried to apply under Tier 2 again.
The Tier 2 cooling off period has been eliminated, allowing Tier 2 (General) and Skilled Worker visa holders to apply for a UK visa without having to wait. Existing Tier 2 General visa holders will no longer be subject to these restrictions as a result of this adjustment.
The Tier 2 cooling off period had been troublesome for both sponsors and workers, and the revised rules provide skilled workers more flexibility in returning to the UK while also improving companies’ foreign recruitment possibilities.
There is no longer a 12-month ‘cooling off period’ for Skilled Workers.
There is no restriction on the timing of applications for skilled worker visas.
How Long Does a Skilled Worker Visa Last?
Visas for Skilled Workers can be granted for a maximum of five years.
If the visa holder wants to extend the visa at this point, they can do so; if they have completed the five-year residency requirement, they may be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
Providing you follow the visa requirements, there is no limit to how many times you can extend the skilled worker visa.
Formerly, applicants to the Tier 2 (General) route had to spend up to six years in the route to be eligible for entry clearance or to switch to the route.
A six-year maximum stay has been removed from the Skilled Worker route. There is no duration limit.
It is necessary to apply for a new period of leave if the visa holder changes sponsors or jobs.
This means that if you continue working for your sponsor (and meet compliance requirements) for a continuous period of 5 years, you are eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain which will then afford you a status equivalent to permanent residency.
At this point, you become free from immigration control and enter and leave the UK at your leisure without any visa requirements.
You also enjoy all of the same rights as a settled person in the UK
Can I do a Second Job or Study Whilst on the Skilled Worker Visa?
Holders of Skilled Worker Visas can work in the job for which they have been sponsored.
In addition, they are permitted to work a supplementary job as long as they remain in the position for which they have been sponsored.
There is also the option to study, subject to obtaining the necessary ATAS certificate.
The government does not provide funding for this.
You can do additional paid work on this visa as long as you’re still doing the job you’re being sponsored for. You can also do unpaid voluntary work.
You can work up to 20 hours a week in a job that’s either:
- in the same occupation code and at the same level as your main job
- in a shortage occupation
If you want to work more than 20 hours a week or in a different occupation code
You’ll need to apply to update your visa so that you’re being sponsored to do both jobs.
This can be extremely difficult and cause complications for your existing visa and any further position applied for.
You’ll need to:
- get a new certificate of sponsorship from your second employer
- include a letter with your application explaining that you want to change your current permission to stay.
There are important UKVI compliance considerations as well as Employer policy / contractual obligations and conflicts of interest which must be examined in detail, and it is therefore not recommended to take on additional work unless there are compelling reasons to do so.
Our expert team are able to discuss any concerns or requirements at length with you to ensure the most appropriate action is taken and your immigration status is safeguarded at all times.
When Do I Qualify for Settlement (Permanent Residency) on the Skilled Worker Route?
Settlement means that you are considered to be permanently in the UK and do not require any further visas.
Indefinite leave to remain is how you settle in the UK.
It’s also called ‘settlement’. It gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like, and apply for benefits if you’re eligible.
You can use it to apply for British citizenship.
The following conditions must be met in order to qualify for settlement as a Skilled Worker:
- You have lived in the UK continuously for five years;
- This period includes the time spent on any of the following routes, or any mix of them: Skilled Worker, Global Talent, Innovator, T2 Minister of Religion, International Sportsperson, Overseas Business Representative, Tier 1 Migrant (except as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrant), or Scale-Up;
- Each year of the continuous 5-year period you haven’t been outside longer than 180 days;
- If you are under 65, you have passed the Life in the UK test;
- Your sponsor is still an approved sponsor by the Home Office;
- You are required to continue working for your sponsor;
- For the foreseeable future, you will be paid at least the general salary threshold or the going rate requirement, whichever is higher.
ILR Salary Threshold Requirement
You must earn a salary of at least £25,600 per year or the ‘going rate’ for your profession (as described in the occupation code), whichever is higher.
As for the following applicants, the only requirement is that they earn at least £20,480 a year or the ‘going rate’ for the occupation, whichever is higher:
- In your most recent application for a job, you were sponsored to apply for a shortage occupation; or
- For settlement purposes, you are eligible if you have completed the following 5-year qualifying period while you were a Tier 2 (General) Migrant: 2111 Chemical scientists; 2112 Biological scientists and biochemists; 2113 Physical scientists; 2114 Humanities scientists; 2119 Professionals in natural and social sciences not elsewhere classified; 2150 Research and development managers, 2311 Higher education teachers.
Settlement applications are not eligible for other salary reductions through tradable points.
Can My Partner and Children Join Me as a Skilled Worker Visa Holder?
If you are a Skilled Worker in the UK, your immediate family can also come to the UK with you as your dependents.
They will be free to work, study or travel freely whilst subject to a dependent visa.
Dependant Visas are issued to the family members of migrants who qualify for the visa.
A dependent is defined by the Immigration Rules as:
- Husband, wife or civil partner;
- Unmarried or same-sex partner;
- Child aged under 18 years at the time of application.
For the purposes of the Dependant Visa, it is highly unlikely that any other family members would be eligible for dependant status.
A spouse or partner may obtain a dependent visa if the person they are dependent on is either:
- In the UK on a relevant visa, or
- Applying for a visa at the same time as you are making your application for a Dependant Visa
Same-sex or unmarried partners must also be able to show they have been in a subsisting genuine relationship akin to marriage for the past two years.
Dependant visas are available for children if:
- Both parents are applying for entry-clearance at the same time, or;
- Both parents are already in the UK and the child is applying to join them, or;
- One parent is already in the UK and the other parent is applying for entry-clearance to join them along with the child.
Dependant visas can only be applied for by the children of a sole parent if:
- The parent is the only surviving parent; or
- The parent has sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing; or
- There are serious or compelling reasons for why the child can exceptionally apply as the dependant of only one of his/her parents.
Having sufficient finances to support a family without recourse to public funds is a requirement of the Dependant Visa.
As an example, if the visa applicant is the main applicant, he/she is required to submit evidence of having £285 in savings for their dependent partner, along with an additional £315 in savings for their first dependent child and £200 for each additional dependent child.
Applicants may not have to provide proof of funds availability if a Skilled Worker Sponsor Licence holder with an A-rating can certify that these funds will be made available.
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- Based on the information collected, the senior solicitor will then confirm what your options are and will also confirm if we are able to help you.
- We will offer you an Agreed Fixed Fee quotation for us to handle your entire case until initial conclusion without obligation.
- If we have officially taken your instructions, we will create a client file for you and collect detailed initial information.
- We will then ensure you receive a personalised one-to-one legal consultation with a senior immigration solicitor who will take your full instructions by exploring your circumstances in detail and advise you on the best way to meet your objectives. The solicitor will explain the relevant legislations and provide you with advice on the steps that we would need to take to get a successful result.
- The senior solicitor who carried out your legal consultation will then send you detailed written legal advice explaining everything that needs to be done and which documents will be required as part of the process. We will tell you about any problem areas and formulate a strategy to overcome/mitigate these.
- We will carefully review any documents that you have provided in support of the application. These documents are then validated and formatted to ensure that they meet the UKVI specified evidence requirements. Where they do not, we will explain what needs to be done to address the issues.
- Where required, we will prepare any necessary written legal arguments or representations that are required to support your application and gain an approval. Often, we may be required to make discretionary submissions.
- We will complete a draft application and share this with you to ensure that all parties are happy with the representations that will be submitted to the Home Office.
- We advise you on what application processing routes are available. In some cases, there are fast track or premium processing routes available. We may be required to book a Home Office appointment on your behalf. Will also be able to confirm typical processing times for any processing centre in the world. We explain all options, routes and fees comprehensively allowing you to make the best choice.
- We lodge the application on your behalf using our secure authenticated processes. Whilst your application is pending, we continue to ensure you receive maximum legal protection and ensure that your rights and allowances are upheld throughout the processing stage. We ensure that you are aware of and remain compliant with the immigration rules and regulations during this period. We will also keep you updated on the progress of your matter.
- If any follow up work is required in response to any queries raised by the UKVI, we will also deal with these as part of the comprehensive service.
- We secure a decision on your matter and further advise you on the relevant implications of that decision. If required, we will also confirm if any secondary applications are required and brief you on the necessary process and procedure for those also.
Why should you use Immigration Solicitors to help me?
Here are just some of the reasons to choose us:
- We are the UK’s #1 Immigration Specialist Law Firm
- We are a fully SRA regulated law firm so you are working directly with our in house legal team
- No agencies, middlemen or outsourcing
- We have achieved 99% success rate across all application types
- We have a 24 hour helpline that operates 7 days a week – 365 days a year
- We have multiple offices across the UK but 90% of our clients are not required to visit in person
- We have more than 60 years combined immigration expertise
- Our team have handled more than 8,000 cases
- We offer a free initial assessment which will explain your options and check your eligibility for your chosen route
- We operate a 100% Agreed Fixed Fee model with all fees fixed and agreed before work is started
- 98% of our clients would recommend us to family & friends
- Our average rating is 4.6/5 across major review platforms (based on over 2000 reviews).
What is Free Needs Assessment?
The assessor will establish why you are calling and what you are looking for assistance with. The assessor will ask you a series of questions to determine your circumstances in relation to your objectives.
The assessment is 100% private and confidential. As we are a private law firm, we work with our clients to overturn Government decisions daily. We do not share any information with any third party.
Although the assessor will be a trained immigration specialist, they are not solicitors and therefore will not give you detailed legal advice or guidance.
If you want to establish what your options are and the best way forward for you, your assessor will collate the necessary information and then speak with one of the resident senior solicitors at the firm to determine what your options are, if and how we could assist and confirm whether we would be prepared to take your case. If we can assist, you will be provided with an Agreed Fixed Fee quotation which is a single legal fee to cover the firms cost of representation agreed from the outset and binding for all parties.
The free assessment is no obligation and you are merely given clarity on your position and options to move forward.
If you have a complex matter or require legal advice regarding a specific issue, you will most likely require a legal consultation.
This is a separate service and is chargeable at the prevailing rates.
Please note, UK Immigration Solicitors are a private law firm and are not part of the Government. We do not accept legal aid instructions. Although we are happy to assist genuine callers, we are not a directory service and sadly are unable to provide you with Government telephone numbers.
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