Skilled Worker visa – Requirements, Apply and Switch
Skilled Worker visa replaced Tier 2 (General) work visa on 1 December 2020. This work visa is equally suitable for EU and non-EU citizens. The employers approved by the Home Office can sponsor employees from any country of the world. The employees must be paid minimum salary or going rate for their job role whichever is higher. The minimum salary for a skilled worker visa is £25,600. The jobs in shortage occupation lists have lower thresholds for salary. After Brexit, EU citizens will need to compete with their counterparts from the rest of the world including Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Qualify for a Skilled Worker Visa
- Sponsor by an approved employer. The Home Office gives approval and licences
- Have certificate of sponsorship from your employer showing job role and job code
- Job must be on the list of eligible occupations
- Be paid a minimum salary- salary varies from job to job- the minimum salary £25600
Points Required for Skilled Worker Visa
The applicant must score 50 mandatory points to qualify for the worker visa.
A Valid Certificate of Sponsorship 20 Points
Job at an appropriate skilled level 20 Points
English Language Skills at CEFR Level B1 10 Points
Switch to this visa
You are allowed to switch into Skilled Worker Visa in long term categories. You can not switch from short term visas. For example, you can not switch if you are in the UK on a visit visa.
Knowledge of English Requirement for Skilled Worker Visa
You can speak English at the intermediate level at B1 (on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages)
Passing a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved provider or
GCSE, A level, Scottish National Qualification level 4 or 5, Scottish Higher or Advanced Higher in English
A degree-level academic qualification that was taught in English – if you studied abroad, you’ll need to apply for confirmation through UK NARIC that your qualification is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD
Application form for skilled worker visa
The applicants from outside the UK must use the Application Form Skilled Worker Visa and applicants from inside the UK use the Form Skilled Worker. The same forms applicable to the EU Citizens in addition to the facility of Skilled Immigration: ID Check App of the Home Office which can downloaded from the Google Play and Apple Store.
Maintenance Requirement- Money to support yourself
You must have at least £1,270 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK. The money should have been in the bank account for at least 28 days within 31 days before applying for a skilled worker visa.
You also need
£285 for your partner
£315 for one child
£200 for each additional child
You, your partner and two children would need to have £2070 to come to the UK (£1270 for you, £285 for your partner, £315 for your first child and £200 for second child).
Cost of Skilled Worker Visa
For up to 3 years visa £610
For more than 3 years visa £1220
NHS Health Surcharge £624 per person per year
For example, you apply for a skilled worker visa with your partner for three years, you will pay £1220 for visa fees and National Health Service- Health Surcharge £3744 (£1872 for you and the same amount for your wife). The total cost of the will be £4964.
List of Required Documents for Skilled Worker Visa
The certificate of sponsorship (Cos) reference number – your employer will give you this
Evidence of knowledge of English
A valid passport
Employment contract containing your job title and annual salary
Occupation code of your job
Details of employer name and their sponsor licence number issued by the Home Office – CoS will have these details
Evidence of savings or maintenance to support you and your family (Bank statements). If employer certify maintenance then bank statements are not required
Evidence of relationship (applies only when partner and dependants are also applying)
TB Test from authorised medical centres
A criminal record certificate – if you’re working in education, healthcare and social care. If you’re 28 or over, you’ll need a certificate from any country you’ve stayed in over the last 10 years.
Services we offer
I have been offered a job
If you have been offered a job and you need help with you application process, the requirements and other questions about skilled worker visa then these services are suitable for you. You can book them by following the links
I don’t have job offer yet
To know if you are likely to be eligible, we can make a full assessment for fixed fees. We refer to this assessment as a Feasibility Report. You can book the services by following the links: