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What is the Skilled Worker Visa?

The Skilled Worker visa came into force on 1st December 2020 and replaced the old Tier 2 (General) work visa. It allows successful applicants to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer (an employer that possess a sponsorship licence).

Who is Eligible for the Skilled Worker Visa?

Under the current points-based immigration system, with the exception of Irish citizens, anyone coming to the UK for work will need to possess certain characteristics in order to score points. Some of these characteristics are mandatory and others can be traded. To be eligible for the skilled worker visa, applicants must possess the mandatory characteristics and have at least 70 points.

Characteristics Mandatory/Tradeable Points
Offer of job by approved sponsor Mandatory 20
Job at appropriate skill level of RQF 3 or above (A level and equivalent) Mandatory 20
Speaks English to the required standard Mandatory 10
Salary of £20,480 to £23,039 or at least 80% of the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher) Tradeable 0
Salary of £23,040 to £25,599 or at least 90% of the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher) Tradeable 10
Salary of £25,600 or above or at least the going rate for the profession (whichever is higher) Tradeable 20
Job in a shortage occupation as designated by the Migration Advisory Committee Tradeable 20
Education qualification: PhD in a subject relevant to the job Tradeable 10
Education qualification: PhD in a STEM subject relevant to the job Tradeable 20

In addition to the requirements connected to the points-based system, the Home Office must be satisfied that the role offered is a ‘genuine vacancy’. In assessing this, the Home Office will consider whether the role genuinely exists, whether the applicant will actually be performing the role put forward and whether the role has been created primarily for the purpose of the individual staying in or entering the UK. 

Applicants must also demonstrate that they have sufficient personal savings and are able to maintain themselves upon arrival to the UK. To do so, applicants will typically be required to have at least £1,270 in their bank account and demonstrate that they have had this money available for at least 28 days in a row. Day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for the Skilled Worker visa.

For a brief overview of the Skilled Worker visa requirements along with what you can and cannot do on the visa, please see our Skilled Worker Visa Summary (PDF).

How Can NA Law Solicitors Help with a Skilled Worker Visa Application?

The Home Office review all Skilled Worker visa applications extensively. At NA Law Solicitors, we ensure that your application is prepared to the highest of standards. Our counsel will prevent any unnecessary refusals and ensure a smooth application process.

We will assist you in every step of your application and give guidance with a successful outcome in mind. We can also help with the Sponsorship Licence application process, sponsor duties, applying for a COS application, the genuine vacancy test and the Skilled Worker sponsorship licence application renewal process. Please do not hesitate to get in touch for an initial assessment.

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