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UK Skilled Worker Visa

 

The UK Skilled Worker Visa enables UK employers to sponsor qualified non-UK nationals for skilled positions, replacing the previous Tier 2 (General) visa.

It allows individuals to work for approved UK employers in eligible roles and also extends to spouses, ‘durable’ partners, and dependent children as Skilled Worker dependents. To qualify, applicants need to accumulate a total of 70 points based on specific criteria, including skill level, salary, English language proficiency, and a valid job offer from a UK employer with sponsorship rights. The typical duration is 5 years.

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Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the UK Skilled Worker Visa and score the required 70 points, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Specific Skills and Qualifications


Hold a minimum Bachelor's degree or equivalent and possess at least two years of skilled work experience in occupations listed as eligible.

Job Offer from Licensed Sponsor


Secure a job offer from an employer licensed by the Home Office.

Skill Level


The job offer must meet the required skill level, equivalent to RQF 3 or above (comparable to A Level).

English Language Proficiency


Demonstrate proficiency at the B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Salary Threshold


Meet either the general salary threshold of £26,200 or the specific salary requirement for the occupation, often referred to as the 'going rate'.

Application Process

To obtain a Skilled Worker Visa, applicants must follow these steps:

  • Complete an online application and provide supporting documents along with paying the applicable fee

  • Apply up to three months before the intended employment start date in the UK as specified in the Certificate of Sponsorship

  • Submit the online application within three months of receiving the unique Certificate of Sponsorship reference number

  • Attend a visa application center appointment to provide biometric information and submit the required supporting documents

For further details see the official government site.
 

In essence, the UK Skilled Worker Visa facilitates skilled non-UK nationals' employment in the UK, allowing them to work for authorized employers and bringing their eligible family members. To qualify, applicants must meet specific criteria and provide required documentation during the application process.

Required Documents

When applying for the UK Skilled Worker Visa, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) reference number issued by the employer.

  • Proof of English language proficiency.

  • Valid passport or other documents confirming your nationality and identity.

  • Job title, annual salary, and occupation code for the job.

  • Employer's name and sponsor license number.

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