UK Skilled Worker Visa

The UK Skilled Worker visa was created to allow highly skilled foreign workers to enter the UK labor market and then stay permanently in the country. The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 visa in the UK.

With this visa, skilled workers from other countries are selected based on a shortage occupation list and receive an offer letter without having to pass a labor market examination, allowing them to remain in the UK for up to 5 years. This visa acts as a work permit to the UK.

Benefits of the visa

Visa holders are allowed to bring their dependents with them.

Spouse is permitted to work on the visa.

There is no limit to the number of people who may enter the country on this UK work visa.

The minimum wage requirement has been lowered from £30000 to £25600.

Fast Track Visas will be provided for healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses.

Eligibility requirements
  • A score of 70 points to qualify in the defined parameters like specific skills, qualifications, salaries and professions.
  • Minimum qualification of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with 2 years of skilled work experience from the eligible occupations list
  • A job offer from a Home Office licensed sponsor
  • The job offer must be at the required skill level – RQF 3 or above (A Level and equivalent)
  • English Language requirement at B1 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Meet the general salary threshold of £25,600, or the specific salary requirement for the occupation or the ‘going rate’.
Documents required
  • Offer letter from a UK Employer who has a license to sponsor from the Home Office
  • Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
  • Passport with a validity of 12 months
  • Documents in support of your educational qualifications
  • Documents to prove English language proficiency
  • Proof of having the required maintenance funds which is 1,270 pounds
Cost of the visa

The application fee will depend on how many years you plan to work in the UK, and whether your job is on the skill shortage list.

  • Application Fees for stay up to 3 years – 610 pounds
  • Application Fees for stay more than 3 years -1,220 pounds
  • Application Fees if your job is in Shortage Occupation List for stay up to 3 years – 464 pounds
  • Application Fees if job in Shortage Occupation List and you wish to stay for more than three years -928 pounds
  • UK NARIC Fees 49.50 pounds

Apart from the application fees you will have to pay a health surcharge of 624 pounds when you apply which will be refunded in case your application is rejected. You should also have proof that you have the funds to support yourself which is 1,270 pounds.

Validity and processing time

The validity of the visa is five years from the date in your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

Processing time: If you apply from outside the UK, you should obtain a verdict on your UK Skilled Worker Visa within three weeks. You can apply up to three months before you plan to start working in the United Kingdom.

FAQ
What are the steps to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa?

There are 3 major steps involved in submitting an application for UK Skilled Worker Visa:

Step # 1: Sponsorship license

The employer will apply for a sponsorship license directly to UKVI – UK Visas and Immigration – and will be assessed accordingly.

 Step # 2: Certificate of Sponsorship

The approved sponsor files a COS – Certificate of Sponsorship application for the occupation they want to fill with a non-resident worker. Once the COS is assigned, the immigrant may apply for a Work Visa.

Step # 3: Applying for the Skilled Worker Visa

The approved sponsor files a COS – Certificate of Sponsorship application for the occupation they want to fill with a non-resident worker. Once the COS is assigned, the immigrant may apply for a Work Visa.

How can you get sponsorship for the Skilled worker visa?

You must have a job offer from a licensed employer who is able to sponsor workers from other countries.

The employer or sponsor will check to see whether you have the necessary qualifications for the job and whether you are eligible for the visa. If they are pleased, they will issue you a sponsorship certificate, which you will use to apply for the visa.

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