SKILLED WORKER VISA

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 10:09:18 PM Coordinated Universal Time
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Description

Overview:- 

A Skilled Worker Visa Allows You To Come To Or Stay In The Uk To Do An Eligible Job With An Approved Employer.


This Visa Has Replaced The Tier 2 (General) Work Visa.


Some Health Workers And Their Families Will Get Their Visas Extended For Free Because Of Coronavirus (Covid-19).


If You Or Your Family Are From The Eu, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland Or Liechtenstein

If You Or Your Family Member Started Living In The Uk By 31 December 2020, You May Be Able To Apply To The Free Eu Settlement Scheme.


The Deadline To Apply Was 30 June 2021 For Most People. You Can Still Apply If Either:


You Have A Later Deadline - For Example, You’re Joining A Family Member In The Uk Who Was Living In The Uk By 31 December 2020

You Have ‘Reasonable Grounds’ For Being Unable To Apply By 30 June 2021 - For Example, You Had An Illness Or Were The Victim Of Domestic Abuse

Check If You Can Still Apply To The Eu Settlement Scheme.


Otherwise You Need A Visa To Work In The Uk.


Irish Citizens Do Not Need To Apply For A Visa Or To The Eu Settlement Scheme.



Eligibility:- 

Your Job:


To Qualify For A Skilled Worker Visa, You Must:


Work For A Uk Employer That’s Been Approved By The Home Office

Have A ‘Certificate Of Sponsorship’ From Your Employer With Information About The Role You’ve Been Offered In The Uk

Do A Job That’s On The List Of Eligible Occupations

Be Paid A Minimum Salary - How Much Depends On The Type Of Work You Do

The Specific Eligibility Depends On Your Job.


You Must Have A Confirmed Job Offer Before You Apply For Your Visa.


Knowledge Of English:-

You Must Be Able To Speak, Read, Write And Understand English. You’ll Usually Need To Prove Your Knowledge Of English When You Apply.


If You’re Not Eligible For A Skilled Worker Visa

You May Be Eligible For Another Type Of Visa To Work In The Uk.


How Long You Can Stay

Your Visa Can Last For Up To 5 Years Before You Need To Extend It. You’ll Need To Apply To Extend Or Update Your Visa When It Expires Or If You Change Jobs Or Employer.


If You Want To Stay Longer In The Uk

You Can Apply To Extend Your Visa As Many Times As You Like As Long As You Still Meet The Eligibility Requirements.


After 5 Years, You May Be Able To Apply To Settle Permanently In The Uk (Also Known As ‘Indefinite Leave To Remain’). This Gives You The Right To Live, Work And Study Here For As Long As You Like, And Apply For Benefits If You’re Eligible.


How To Apply:- 

You Must Apply Online.


How You Apply Depends On Whether You’re:


Outside The Uk And Are Coming To The Uk

Inside The Uk And Extending Your Current Visa

Inside The Uk And Switching From A Different Visa

If You Want To Change Your Job Or Employer, You Must Apply To Update Your Visa.


You Can Include Your Partner And Children In Your Application To Stay In The Uk If They Are Eligible.


How Long It Takes

You Can Apply For A Visa Up To 3 Months Before The Day You Are Due To Start Work In The Uk. This Date Is Listed On Your Certificate Of Sponsorship.


As Part Of Your Application, You’ll Need To Prove Your Identity And Provide Your Documents.


You May Need To Allow Extra Time If You Need An Appointment To Do This. You’ll Find Out If You Need One When You Start Your Application.


Getting A Decision

Once You’ve Applied Online, Proved Your Identity And Provided Your Documents, You’ll Usually Get A Decision On Your Visa Within:


3 Weeks, If You’re Outside The Uk

8 Weeks, If You’re Inside The Uk

You May Be Able To Pay To Get A Faster Decision. How You Do This Depends On Whether You’re Outside The Uk Or Inside The Uk.


How Much It Costs

You, Your Partner Or Children Will Each Need To:


Pay The Application Fee

Pay The Healthcare Surcharge For Each Year Of Your Stay

Prove You Have Enough Personal Savings

Check How Much Money You’ll Need.


If You Work In Public Sector Healthcare

If You’re A Doctor Or Nurse, Or You Work In Health Or Adult Social Care, Check If You’re Eligible To Apply For The Health And Care Worker Visa Instead. It’s Cheaper To Apply For And You Do Not Need To Pay The Annual Immigration Health Surcharge.



What You Can And Cannot Do

With A Skilled Worker Visa You Can:


Work In An Eligible Job

Study

Bring Your Partner And Children With You As Your ‘Dependants’, If They’re Eligible

Take On Additional Work In Certain Circumstances

Do Voluntary Work

Travel Abroad And Return To The Uk

Apply To Settle Permanently In The Uk (Also Known As ‘Indefinite Leave To Remain’) If You’ve Lived In The Uk For 5 Years And Meet The Other Eligibility Requirements

You Cannot:


Apply For Most Benefits (Public Funds), Or The State Pension

Change Jobs Or Employer Unless You Apply To Update Your Visa

If Your Application Is Successful, You’ll Get A Full List Of What You Can And Cannot Do With A Skilled Worker Visa.


Your Job:- 

You Must Meet All Of The Following Requirements To Be Eligible For A Skilled Worker Visa:


Your Job Is Eligible For This Visa

You’ll Be Working For A Uk Employer That’s Been Approved By The Home Office

You’ll Be Paid At Least The Minimum Salary For The Type Of Work You’ll Be Doing

The Minimum Salary For The Type Of Work You’ll Be Doing Is Whichever Is The Highest Out Of The Following 3 Options:


£25,600 Per Year

£10.10 Per Hour

The ‘Going Rate’ For The Type Of Work You’ll Be Doing

Check If Your Job Is Eligible

Before You Can Find Out If Your Job Is Eligible, You Need To Know Its 4-digit Occupation Code.


If You Already Have A Job Offer, Ask Your Employer For Your Occupation Code.


If You Work In Healthcare Or Education:- 

There Are Different Salary Rules If You Work In Some Healthcare Or Education Jobs. Your Salary Must Be At Least £20,480 - Or More If Your Job’s ‘Going Rate’ Is Higher.


The Going Rates For These Jobs Are Based On The National Pay Scales Set By The Relevant Independent Body, For Example The Nhs.


View The List Of Eligible Healthcare And Education Jobs To See If Your Job Is Included.


Knowledge Of English:- 

You’ll Usually Need To Prove Your Knowledge Of The English Language When You Apply, Unless You Did This In A Previous Successful Visa Application.


Level Of English

You Must Prove You Can Read, Write, Speak And Understand English To At Least Level B1 On The Common European Framework Of Reference For Languages (Cefr) Scale.


You Can Prove Your Knowledge Of English By:


Passing A Secure English Language Test (Selt) From An Approved Provider

Having A Gcse, A Level, Scottish National Qualification Level 4 Or 5, Scottish Higher Or Advanced Higher In English, Gained Through Study At A Uk School That You Began When You Were Under 18

Having A Degree-level Academic Qualification That Was Taught In English - If You Studied Abroad, You’ll Need To Apply Through Ecctis (Formerly Uk Naric) For Confirmation That Your Qualification Is Equivalent To A Uk Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree Or Phd


How Much It Costs:- 

When You Apply For A Skilled Worker Visa, You’ll Need To Have Enough Money To:


Pay The Application Fee - The Standard Fee Ranges From £610 To £1,408 Depending On Your Circumstances

Pay The Healthcare Surcharge - This Is Usually £624 Per Year

Support Yourself When You Arrive In The Uk - You’ll Usually Need To Have At Least £1,270 Available (Unless You’re Exempt)

You’ll Pay A Lower Application Fee If Your Job Is On The Shortage Occupation List.


You’ll Be Told How Much You Need To Pay When You Apply.


Example

You’re Applying To Come To The Uk From Argentina For 2 Years On A Skilled Worker Visa.


Your Job Is Not In A Shortage Occupation So Your Visa Will Cost £610, Plus £624 For Each Year Of Your Stay For The Healthcare Surcharge. This Means You’ll Pay A Total Of £1,858 When You Apply For Your Visa.


You’ll Also Need To Prove You Have £1,270 Available To Support Yourself In The Uk If Your Employer Cannot Cover These Costs.


Application Fees

If You’re Applying From Outside The Uk, The Standard Fee Depends On Whether You’ll Be In The Uk For:


Up To 3 Years - £610 Per Person

More Than 3 Years - £1,220 Per Person

If You’re Applying From Inside The Uk To Extend, Switch Or Update Your Visa, The Standard Fee Depends On Whether You’ll Be In The Uk For:


Up To 3 Years - £704 Per Person

More Than 3 Years - £1,408 Per Person

If Your Job Is On The Shortage Occupation List

You And Your Family Will Pay A Lower Application Fee If Your Job Is On The Shortage Occupation List.


The Fee For Each Person Applying Is:


£464 If You’re Staying For Up To 3 Years

£928 If You’re Staying For More Than 3 Years

The Fee Is The Same Whether You’re Applying From Inside Or Outside The Uk.


There’s A Different List Of Shortage Occupations If You Work In Healthcare Or Education.


Documents You'll Need To Apply:- 

When You Apply You’ll Need To Provide:


Your Certificate Of Sponsorship Reference Number - Your Employer Will Give You This

Proof Of Your Knowledge Of English

A Valid Passport Or Other Document That Shows Your Identity And Nationality

Your Job Title And Annual Salary

Your Job’s Occupation Code

The Name Of Your Employer And Their Sponsor Licence Number - This Will Be On Your Certificate Of Sponsorship

Ask Your Employer For A Copy Of Your Certificate Of Sponsorship If You Do Not Have One.


If Your Certificate Of Sponsorship Was Issued Before 1 December 2020

Your Certificate Of Sponsorship Will Need To Be Updated Because It Was Assigned To You Before The Tier 2 (General) Work Visa Was Replaced By The Skilled Worker Visa.


Ask Your Employer To Update The ‘Sponsor Notes’ Section In The Uk Visa Sponsorship Management System.


Other Documents You Might Need

Depending On Your Circumstances, You Might Be Asked To Provide:


Evidence That You Have Enough Personal Savings To Support Yourself In The Uk, For Example Bank Statements (Unless Your Certificate Of Sponsorship Shows Your Employer Can Support You)

Proof Of Your Relationship With Your Partner Or Children If They’re Applying With You

Your Tuberculosis Test Results If You’re From A Listed Country

A Criminal Record Certificate - If You’re Working In Certain Jobs

A Valid Atas Certificate If Your Employer Tells You That You Need One Because Your Job Involves Researching A Sensitive Subject At Phd Level Or Higher

Your Uk Phd Certificate, Or Your Unique Ecctis Reference Number (Formerly Unique Uk Naric Reference Number) If Your Qualification Is From Outside The Uk - You’ll Need To Apply Through Ecctis

You’ll Need A Blank Page In Your Passport For Your Visa If You’re:


From Outside The Eu, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland Or Liechtenstein

From The Eu, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland Or Liechtenstein But Do Not Have A Biometric Passport With A Chip In It

If Your Documents Are Not In English Or Welsh You’ll Also Need To Provide A Certified Translation.


Criminal Record Certificate

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