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A Skilled Worker visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer.
A Skilled Worker visa
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Skilled Worker Visa

The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. This permit allows eligible applicants to stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved sponsor/employer.

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Skilled Worker Visa
Table of contents
  • What is a Skilled Worker Visa?
  • Skilled Worker Visa Requirements
  • Job eligibility
  • English language requirement
  • Financial requirements
  • How much is a Skilled Worker Visa?
  • Applying with your family
  • How to extend your Skilled Worker visa
  • If you hold a Tier 2 Visa
  • Skilled Worker Visa refusal
  • What can you do if your Skilled Worker Visa is refused?
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What is a Skilled Worker Visa?
The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. This permit allows eligible applicants to stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved sponsor/employer.

If you or your close family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, and you started living in the UK before 1st January 2021, you can apply for the free EU Settlement Scheme. This means that you would not need to get a visa to work in the UK. Irish citizens do not need to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme or a visa.

If you are a skilled worker and you want to enter the UK to do a specialized job, you can seek the help of IAS immigration lawyers. Call us on +442071931110 to speak with our team.

Skilled Worker Visa Requirements
To qualify for a Skilled Worker Visa, you need to be sponsored by a UK-based employer. Besides, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • You must be aged 18 or over
  • You need a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for the job you are going to do
  • Your job is a genuine vacancy
  • Your role is at an appropriate level
  • You will be paid a salary which equals or exceeds the general salary threshold and the "going rate" for your occupation
  • Your sponsor has paid the required Immigration Skills Charge
  • You can demonstrate your English proficiency (at least CEFR Level B1)
  • You can financially sustain yourself and your family without relying on public funds
  • You can provide a criminal record certificate
  • You can provide a valid TB certificate (if needed)
Job eligibility
To be eligible for a Skilled Worker Visa, you should receive a job offer from a UK employer which must meet all the following requirements:
  • The job must be eligible for the visa, under the new Skilled Worker Visa route, your role must be skilled to at least RQF level 3 (roughly equivalent to A-levels).
  • You must be paid the minimum salary or "going rate" for the type of work you will be doing. The minimum salary is at least £25,600 per year.
  • Your employer must have been approved by the Home Office and hold a valid Certificate of Sponsorship
  • You must hold an occupation code. If you have already received a job offer, you must ask your employer for your code.
English language requirement
To qualify for a Skilled Worker Visa, you must demonstrate your English proficiency. This must be at least at level B1 (intermediate). To satisfy this requirement, you can either:
  • Be a national of a majority English-speaking country
  • Have passed a Secure English Language Test
  • Have obtained a GCSE/A Level or Scottish Highers in English while at school in the UK
  • Have been awarded a degree taught in English
  • Have already met this requirement as a part of any previous application for entry clearance
Financial requirements
The general salary threshold under the Skilled Worker Visa route is £25,600 a year. This means that your salary must equal or exceed this number and 100% of the going rate for the occupation, whichever is higher. The assessment will be based on guaranteed basic gross pay.

Workers falling into specific categories might be paid less than the above amount, provided that they score additional "tradable point" for other attributes, such as:

  • Holding a PhD qualification which is relevant to the job or in a relevant STEM subject
  • Accepting an offer for a job in the shortage occupation list
  • Applicants who are new entrants to the labour market
  • Applications for job listed as health or education occupations
As well as meeting the minimum salary threshold, you will also need to meet other financial requirements. You must have cash funds of at least £1,270 available to sustain yourself while in the UK. This money must be held in your bank account for at least 28 consecutive days prior to your application.
How much is a Skilled Worker Visa?
The Skilled Worker visa application fees range from £610 to £1,408, depending on your circumstances.

When applying for your visa, you also need to take the following expenses into account:
  • Healthcare surcharge – £624 per year
  • You must have at least £1,270 available to demonstrate that you can support yourself when you arrive in the UK. You might be exempt if you have already been in the UK with a valid visa for at least 12 months, or if the employer can cover your costs during your first month in the UK.
Applying with your family
Your partner and children can apply to join you in the UK provided that they are eligible as your dependants. You can include the following members of your family in your application:
  • Your husband or wife, civil partner, or unmarried partner
  • Your children under 18
  • Your children over 18 if they are already staying in the UK as your dependants and are not married.
When submitting your application, you must provide evidence of your relationship.
How to extend your Skilled Worker visa
Your Skilled Worker visa is due to expire after a certain number of years, depending on your circumstances. You can apply to extend your permit if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have the same job as when you were first granted your visa
  • Your job is in the same occupation code as when you were given permission to enter the UK
  • You are still working for the same employer who sponsored your current application.
Your family can apply for a visa extension, but they will need to submit a separate application.
If you hold a Tier 2 Visa
If you got CoS before 24th November 2016

If you have already applied to extend your visa before 24 May 2023, your minimum salary requirement is fixed at a lower rate. This means that you need to be paid at least £20,800 per year.

If you got your CoS on or after 24th November 2016

If you apply to extend your visa before 1st December 2026, you need to meet the new salary requirements. Your salary may also include allowances, if they are guaranteed for the length of your stay.
Skilled Worker Visa refusal
There are a number of reasons why your Skilled Worker Visa application may be refused. Some of the most likely reasons include:
  • Not fully completing the application form
  • Not fully paying the application fee or other associated costs
  • Not including an accurate certificate of sponsorship reference number or job code
  • Not submitting the appropriate, relevant supporting documents to accompany your application demonstrating your eligibility
  • Not meeting the 70 points requirements on the points-based system
  • Not having a clean immigration and criminal history
Alternatively, you may experience a Skilled Worker refusal if your employer does not have the correct sponsor licence and necessary documentation.
What can you do if your Skilled Worker Visa is refused?
If your Skilled Worker Visa application is refused, you have a number of options available, depending on your circumstances. The most common option is administrative review.

Applications may be refused in the following situations:
  • Initial application for the Skilled Worker Visa
  • Switching to the Skilled Worker Visa
  • Renewing or extending the visa
If you receive a notice of refusal on your application, you have a limited period of time to apply for an administrative review of the decision. You have 28 days to file the request if you applied outside the UK, or alternatively, 14 days if you applied inside the UK.

The Home Office (UKVI) will respond to your request within 28 days with a decision. If you are unsatisfied with the outcome of this decision, you may have the option to file a pre-action protocol for judicial review. You may be eligible to submit a request for a judicial review if you are unsatisfied with this decision.

If your Skilled Worker Visa is refused, we recommend speaking to an experienced immigration lawyer as soon as possible to explore the available options. We can assist you with submitting the form for administrative review, preparing the case grounds, and representing you until the matter is resolved.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Skilled Worker visa?
The Skilled Worker visa is for employers to recruit people from overseas to work in the UK in a specific job. A Skilled Worker must have a job offer in an eligible skilled occupation from an employer Home Office-approved sponsor.
Can you bring dependents on the visa?
Yes, you have the right to bring dependents with you which can be your spouse or partner and children below 18 years. The application of dependents is linked with yours.
What are the documents required for the Skilled Worker visa?
  • 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
What is the cost of the Skilled Worker 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 per person
  • Application Fees for stay more than 3 years – £1,220 per person
  • Application Fees if your job is in the Shortage Occupation List for stay up to 3 years – £464 per person
  • Application Fees if your job is in the Shortage Occupation List and you wish to stay for more than three years – £928 per person
  • UK NARIC Fees 49.50 pounds
Apart from the application fees you will have to pay a health surcharge of £624 per year [for each year of your stay]. To be refunded in case your application is rejected.

Additionally, the applicant must have a minimum of £1,270 in their bank account to demonstrate that they can support themselves financially in the UK.

Is there a Salary relaxation for the Skilled Worker visa compared to the earlier Tier 2 visa?
The salary requirement has been reduced from GBP 30,500 to GBP 25,600. Or the applicant has to meet the specific salary requirement for the occupation or the 'going rate'.
Is there any preference given for member of the European Union?
With the introduction of the Skilled Worker visa, European Union (EU) citizens will be treated on par with citizens of other nations. As long as the UK was a member of the EU, those from EU countries had a right to work in the UK. With Brexit they will no longer have this right and will have to apply for a work visa just like others.
Is there any preference for candidates with Ph.D.?
No preference will be given to PhD holders. However, every candidate must have a score of 70 points to qualify in the defined parameters like specific skills, qualifications, salaries and professions.
Is IELTS required for the Skilled Worker visa?
IELTS is not mandatory for the UK Skilled Worker visa. The English language requirements for the visa have to be meet by either IELTS for UKVI (General) with a minimum score of 4 bands in all the four modules or UK NARIC report for the Bachelor's or Master's qualification.
Can the Dependent spouse of the visa holder eligible to work?
Yes, the dependent spouse can work full time.
Is education free for children of Skilled Worker visa holders?
Yes, education will be free for children below 18 years of age just like UK citizens or PR holders.
Is there free medical services for the visa holders?
No, they have to pay the fees as per the NHS charges.
What is the duration of the visa?
The visa can be applied for either 3 years or more than 3 years (up to a maximum of 5 years).
After 5 years they can apply for FLR and after another 2 years apply for ILR.
What is new point-based system introduced in the UK?
The government of UK announced the launch of a points-based immigration system which has come into effect from January 2021.

The main features of the points-based migration include:
  • Immigration candidates for both EU and non-EU nations will be treated the same way
  • Highly skilled workers, skilled workers and students wanting to come to the UK must follow the points-based system
  • A job offer is mandatory for skilled workers
  • 70 points is the minimum score required to be eligible for a visa
  • A job offer and the ability to speak English will get the applicant 50 points. The additional 20 points required to qualify for the visa can be gained through any of the following qualifications:
  • Having a job offer that pays you 26,000 pounds or above per year will give you 20 points
  • 10 points for a relevant PhD or 20 points for a PhD in a STEM subject
  • 20 points for an offer for a job where there is a skill shortage
How many points are required to eligible for skilled worker visa?
The Skilled Worker visa is based on a points system; so, you can use the various points criteria to your advantage to get the required number of points to apply for this visa. You need 70 points to qualify for this visa.

While it is mandatory to have a job offer from an approved sponsor, if you have a job at the appropriate skill level and have English language skills at the appropriate level you will score 50 points.

You can gain the remaining 20 points if you are hired for a job where you are paid at least £25,600 a year.

You can gain these extra points if you have better qualifications
  • 10 points if you have a relevant PhD
  • 20 points if you have a PhD in science, technology, engineering or math
  • 20 points if you have a job offer in a skill shortage occupation
How do I know if I have the required points to eligible as I will score some points for the salary package that I will be getting for my job in the U.K?
Under the UK skilled worked visa, the minimum salary requirement is 25,600 pounds and an applicant who has a job offer from a sponsored employer with this salary can secure 20 points directly, 10 points from NARIC/ IELTS, 20 points from the Offer of the job by an approved sponsor, 20 points SOC code for the designation.

To get the required points based on salary, the applicant has to meet the specific salary requirement for the occupation or the 'going rate'.

Applicants are allowed to use the points for their qualifications against a lower salary package to get the required points for the Skilled Worker Visa. If the job offer has a salary which is less than the minimum salary requirement of £ 20,480, an applicant will still be qualified if they have:
  • a job offer in a specific shortage occupation
  • a PhD relevant to the job
  • a PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job
If I have more points is it easy to get a visa?
The maximum points you can score is 70 points, scoring more than 70 points will not give you special privileges. This is how the 70 points will be distributed based on your qualifications:

  • 70 points is the required score to be eligible for a visa
  • A job offer and the ability to speak English will get the applicant 50 points. The additional 20 points required to qualify for the visa can be gained through any of the following qualifications:
  • Having a job offer that pays you 26,000 pounds or above per year will give you 20 points
  • 10 points for a relevant PhD or 20 points for a PhD in a STEM subject
  • 20 points for an offer for a job where there is a skill shortage
After the UK employer issues Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) are there chances of rejection of the Skilled Worker visa?
Yes, there are chances that your visa application can be rejected in spite of getting a certificate of sponsorship but you can always reapply for the visa.
How much salary can I expect if I apply for a Skilled Worker visa?
Your salary will be based on your years of experience, here is the average salary based on years of experience:
  • 01- 05 years – 24000 pounds (Variation based on profile and industry)
  • 05 – 10 years –30800 pounds (Variation based on profile and industry)
  • 10- 15 years – 40000 pounds (Variation based on profile and industry)
Will the UK economy go down because of Brexit?
Brexit is likely to reduce immigration from European Economic Area (EEA) countries to the UK, and poses challenges for British higher education, academic research and security.
Do children of Tier 2 visa holders in the UK get access to free education?
Yes, children of Tier 2 visa holders get access to free education in the UK.
Is the minimum salary package advantageous or disadvantageous for applicants?
Yes, it is advantageous because the applicant can ask the employer to pay the minimum salary to process his visa. The employer will have to pay a minimum salary of 25,600 pounds or the 'going rate' for the position, whichever is higher.
How many years need to be on work permit to get PR?
Permanent residency in the UK is also known as the Indefinite Leave to Remain, it is an immigration status granted to a person without the Right of Abode.

A person who has permanent resident status can live and work indefinitely in the UK. He will no longer have immigration restrictions to work or do business in the UK and no time limits on his stay.

You can apply for permanent residency if you have lived in the UK for a certain number of years, lawfully or otherwise.

You have to be in the UK on a work permit for five years before applying for permanent residency.
How many years of stay on a PR visa is required to apply for UK citizenship?
You will have to stay for a minimum of five years in the UK on a PR visa to apply for citizenship.
After I gain UK citizenship do I have work rights in EU?
No, you will have to apply for a work permit to work in most EU countries even if you have UK citizenship.
What is the difference between new rules and old rules on Tier 2 work permit?
Here is a table describing the main differences:
Old Rules New Rules
Min Salary 30000 Min Salary 25600
EU Citizens were eligible EU citizens also need sponsorship
to workin UK from the employers
No fast track visas Fast track entry to the Healthcare professionals
After getting UK citizenship can I get work rights in other countries like USA, Australia and Canada?
No, you will have to apply for a work permit to work in these countries.
In 5 years how many days I can stay outside UK to be eligible for ILR?
If you have lived in the UK continuously for five years and have spent less than 180 consecutive days outside of the UK each year during this period, you will be eligible for ILR.
Can I sponsor my parent's dependent PR after getting UK citizenship?
Yes, you can sponsor your parent's PR visa, once you become a British citizen or are settled permanently in the UK and is not on the work permit.
Can I check online on how many allocations a particular employer has?
No, it is not possible to check this online.
How do I know is COS is genuine? Do I have the option to check before lodging my visa application?
You can click on this link https://uktiersponsors.co.uk/ to check if the COS is genuine.
How much will the Tier 2 visa cost and how long it will take to process?
It will take a minimum of 3 weeks to get the visa decision from the time you file your application. The cost of the visa is 610 Pounds per applicant for a 3-year visa and 1220 Pounds per applicant for a 5-year visa.
Can dependents work full time?
Yes, dependent children over 16 years of age can work on a full-time job in the UK.
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