The Skilled Worker Visa is the route taken by working professionals to emigrate to the UK. They can do an eligible job with an approved employer in the UK. It has replaced the previously available Tier 2 General Work Visa.
A Working professional who fulfils the following requirements is eligible to apply:
Anyone outside the UK who:
Applicants have to prove working knowledge of English as a spoken and written language.
Applicants must have a minimum salary of £25,600 per year or £10.10 per hour. Anything below this is unacceptable for eligibility.
If your occupation’s going rate is above these, then you have to be paid that rate by your employer.
Check the going rate for your occupation here:
Note: If your sponsorship letter was issued before 1 December 2020, ask for a new copy as the Visa has changed from Tier 2 (General) Work Visa to Skilled Worker Visa UK.
Some cases require providing special documents (eg, Tuberculosis report, criminal records, etc) depending on the country and job selected. For a complete understanding of your particular case schedule a callback with one of our expert advisors here.
The standard application fees for the Skilled Worker Visa costs from £610 to £1,408 depending on the circumstances of application.
Along with application you have to pay a healthcare surcharge of £624 per year.
No. A job sponsorship is mandatory for the Skilled Worker Visa UK.
If you are NOT an eligible worker using this visa, schedule a free call back here to discuss other ways you might be able to enter the UK.
Visit this link for a complete list of Worker and Temporary worker Sponsors in the UK:
Use this list to verify the sponsor issuing your certificate.
If you are using this list to make a decision on where to work, be sure to talk to a good agency about which sponsor to choose and possibly verify if their credentials and work culture harmonize with your expectations.
You can easily find the jobs listed here:
Yes. In certain cases the applicant can apply for jobs below the minimum salary threshold. It can be as low as £20,480 per year but not lower. The possible conditions are:
Note: For other PhD graduates (eg, Psychology) the minimum salary is £23,040 per year.
A Shortage Occupation in the UK is any occupation which has a high shortage of workers. An updated list can be found here:
Search for your Occupation code using the title of your job in this tool:
Not every job title might be available and if you don't find your title try search using a similar title instead.
For instance, Chefs are eligible for the Visa, but cooks are not. Look for similar professional titles to see if the job descriptions match.
You can stay in the UK for 5 years using this Visa. Further extension after 5 years is possible as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.
After 5 years of living in the UK you can be eligible to apply to settle permanently in the UK using the Indefinite Leave to Remain route.
Application timeline varies on whether you’re applying from outside the UK or within the UK.
Applied from Outside the UK: 3 weeks
Applied from Within the UK: 8 Weeks
If you need to fast track the process, you might be able to pay for a faster decision.
For your dependents under Skilled Worker Visa UK you will need to provide proof of relation.
For Partner you will need to prove:
If your child is 16 or over:
If your child lives with you, you’ll need to provide evidence of their address such as:
You need to show that your dependents have a certain amount of money to survive in the UK.
You - or your partner or child - will need to keep money in the bank to show this ability:
For skilled worker visa uk points calculation, visit our blog article on points calculation here.
Ans. – The Tier 2 sponsor licence list is all about a list of published record of organizations that are licensed for sponsoring non-EEA migrant workers under Tier 2 & 5. The list is updated on a regular basis.
There are four categories under the route of Tier 2 sponsor licence:
Ans. –The processing time for Tier 2 sponsor licence is almost ten weeks. You will likely receive a pre-license audit from an officer dealing with Home Office Compliance. The entire team will pay a visit to your premises to make sure that you have right procedures required for maintaining all duties of sponsorship.
Ans. – There are three various types of industries in the UK that hire international students. They are:
Accounting, Consulting and Professional Services – EY, KPMG, BDO, Capco, Oliver Wyman
Banking and Finance – Barclays, HSBC, RBS, Aviva, First Derivatives
Engineering and Technology – Airbus, Atos, Babcock, UK Power Networks, Centrica
It is very much essential to keep up-to-date regarding the names of companies that will permit along with the ones that will not.
Ans. –The applicants of Tier 2 must have a valid job offer. The company must pay the applicant accordingly. The salary package must vary on the basis of designation along with the level of experience. It is better to confirm about the same in detail prior moving ahead. It is better to conduct in-depth research.
Ans. –The Tier 2 sponsor visa in UK is issued to the spouse, family or child of the respective member holding a valid Tier 2 visa. The visa is for those people that are accompanying or about the join their family in the United Kingdom, who have already applied for the Tier 2 visa.
Yes it is one of the mandatory points to score in order to qualify for a skilled worker visa
In most instances you can switch to a skilled worker visa route if you are already in the UK and have a valid job offer from a sponsor. In some cases you will have to leave the UK and re-enter with an entry clearance, for e.g. if you are in the UK on a tourist visa.
Unfortunately we do not assist in finding a job as we are an immigration firm. We can guide you how to go about finding one once you instruct us to deal with your application.
Yes anyone who has spent 5 years on a skilled worker visa will qualify for ILR subject to meeting all the other requirements.