The UK Skilled Worker Visa: your path to success
The UK helps regulate immigration by providing various visa options for those wishing to enter the country. One of the most popular choices is the UK Skilled Worker Visa, which permits individuals to work in the UK for up to five years, with the option to extend their visa if needed. This scheme replaced the older Tier 2 scheme in 2020.
To be eligible for the UK Skilled Worker Visa, applicants must have RQF Level 3 skills or A Level Skill Compliance for working in the UK. The application process requires obtaining a certificate of sponsorship for the visa’s duration. With this visa, individuals can maintain the same employment for the entire five-year period while working in the UK. If they decide to change jobs or leave their current employment, they will need to apply for a new Skilled Worker Visa.
Benefits and differences for Skilled Worker Visa over Tier 2 Work Visa
- RQF level requirement has been lowered from 6 to 3, making it easier to qualify.
- Minimum salary requirement has been reduced from £30,000 to £26,200.
- Recent graduates are now eligible.
- There is no maximum limit on the number of visas issued by the UK.
- RLMT (Resident Labour Market Test) is not required for the Skilled Worker Visa.
- There is no longer a one-year waiting period for reapplication.
Requirements for Skilled Worker Visa
Here are the most important requirements for the Skilled Worker Visa. However, navigating the process can be challenging, which is why seeking guidance from an experienced immigration solicitor is invaluable.
- Have a valid job offer from employer in UK
Any applicant must have a valid job offer from a licensed A-rated company in the UK with valid sponsorship options.
- Employer is on the Licensed Sponsor List
The Home Office maintains a list of approved employers. The job offer must be from a company on the list that meets qualifications to provide certificates of sponsorship.
- Employer has provided valid certificate of sponsorship
Applicant must be able to show their employer has issued a valid certificate of sponsorship.
- Job is on eligible occupations job list
Applicant must possess the right skills for a job provided on the eligible occupations list. Check this by requesting a Statement of Compatibility from your employer.
- Meet skill level requirement
Applicant must be able to showcase the required skills for the job at a rating of RQF Level 3 or higher.
- Meets minimum salary requirements
Salary requirements are always a part of an immigration visa package and with the UK Skilled Work Visa, an applicant must acquire a job that pays a minimum salary of 25,600 to ensure they are not going to need government assistance to make the minimum requirements for standard of living within the country.
- Proficient in English
Sufficient knowledge of the English language is required of all UK Skilled Work Visa Applicants. Proficiency in writing, speaking, and understanding English will be assessed via an English proficiency test where applicants must be proficient up to B1 standards. Exemption for this requirement is provided for countries where the national language is English.
- Have minimum of £1,270 in bank account
An applicant must provide proof through up to date bank statements or a letter from their employer that they have at least £1,270 in their bank account. This number ensures the applicant can support their basic needs for one month without the need to acquire government assistance.
How SilverOak Solicitors can assist you
If you are looking to work in the UK, you do not have to go through it alone. SilverOak Solicitors can help you apply for your UK Skilled Worker Visa. We can assist in collaborating with your employer to gather all the required documents and guide you through the application process. SilverOak Solicitors makes the process of applying to work in the UK easier. Let us help you move forward with a new career, and a new life, in the UK today. Contact our team at 020 8578 7778.
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