Skilled Worker Visa
The Skilled Worker Visa has replaced Tier 2 (General) Visa.
From 1 January 2021 both EU and non-EU citizens must apply for a visa if they intend to work in the UK.
To obtain this visa you need a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor before you can apply to do a job that is on the list of eligible occupations and be paid a minimum salary. How much depends on the type of work you do.
You can apply for a Skilled Worker Visa up to 3 months before the day you’re due to start work in the UK. And then, you should get a decision within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.
You must prove you can speak English in order to qualify for this visa and you will need to pay a fee, but the costs vary. You will also have to pay a health surcharge. You should speak to one of our expert immigration lawyers to find out more about the language requirement and exactly how much you will have to pay.
If you are granted a Skilled Worker Visa, you can work in the UK for a period of up to 5 years and apply for as many extensions as you wish. This is provided you still meet eligibility requirements. After 5 years you may apply for settlement (ILR).
With this visa, you can work for your sponsor in the job described in your sponsorship certificate; you can do a second job in certain circumstances and voluntary work; you can study as long as it doesn’t interfere with the work you do; you can travel abroad and return to the UK and you can bring family members with you.
There are restrictions on this visa including a ban on getting public funds and applying for a second job until you have started working for your sponsor.
Our specialist immigration lawyers will be able to advise and guide you through the complex evidence that is required for this visa. We will be with you every step of the way.