You can apply for this visa to do an eligible skilled job in the UK for a Home Office-approved, licensed employer.
Irish citizens and EU citizens eligible for status under the EU Settlement Scheme (i.e. in the UK by 31 December 2020) do not need permission to live and work in the UK and are not eligible to apply under the Skilled Worker route.

You can apply for this visa to do an eligible skilled job in the UK for a Home Office-approved, licensed employer.

Irish citizens and EU citizens eligible for status under the EU Settlement Scheme (i.e. in the UK by 31 December 2020) do not need permission to live and work in the UK and are not eligible to apply under the Skilled Worker route.

HOW IT WORKS

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The first stage of the application process is undertaken by your employer, who will apply to the Home Office for a Sponsorship Licence.

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The next stage is undertaken by the visa applicant, applying for the Skilled Worker Visa. You will apply using your unique Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) number and provide evidence that you meet the eligibility requirements.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

To be eligible to apply for this visa, there are certain requirements to be met:

    • You must work for a Home Office-approved employer.
    • You must be issued with a Certificate of Sponsorship by your UK employer with information about the role they have been offered in the UK.
    • You must have a confirmed job offer.
    • You must do a job that is on the list of eligible occupations.
    • You must be paid a minimum salary. This depends on the job.
    • You must meet the English language requirement.

CERTIFICATE OF SPONSORSHIP

Your Certificate of Sponsorship will hold your personal details and information about the job you have been offered, including the salary and the start and end date of the employment.

Your employer will give you a CoS reference number that must be included with your application. This CoS is time-sensitive and must be used within 3 months of assignment. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • You can work in an eligible job.
  • You can take on additional work in certain circumstances.
  • You can do voluntary work.
  • You can study.
  • You can travel abroad and return to the UK.
  • You can bring family members with you as dependants.

WHAT YOU CANNOT DO

  • You cannot apply for most benefits (public funds), or the State Pension.
  • You cannot change jobs or employer unless you apply to update your visa.

FAQ

Skilled Worker Visa

The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you are due to start work in the UK. The date you can start is listed on your Certificate of Sponsorship. You should normally receive a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

If you are applying for an extension or switching your visa from within the UK, decisions are made within 8 weeks of your application date if you use the standard service.

You can apply for Priority Service if it is available in your country. There is a cost to get a quicker decision – this depends on each individual visa application centre.

  • Priority Service: Collection within 5 working days.
  • Super Priority Service: Collection within 24 hours.

A Skilled Worker Visa is usually valid for a period of up to 5 years. You must apply to extend or update your visa if it expires, or if you change jobs. It may be possible to extend the visa, as long as you still meet

You may be able to apply to change from another visa to a Skilled Worker Visa if you are already in the UK.

CONTACT US FOR OUR
EXPERT ADVICE

There are many requirements to be met to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration. The Immigration Rules contain strict requirements in terms of the evidentiary documents that must be provided.

Woodcock Law is well placed and highly experienced in providing advice and assistance on making a Skilled Worker Visa application. We appreciate that many of the requirements may seem overly complex and onerous, but we can assist you in your application.

We recommend getting in contact with us on 020 7712 1590 for our expert advice on such an application before any action is taken.

The Information contained herein is supplied by UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this document current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed.

The information contained on this page is sourced from UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this information current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed and should always be checked on www.gov.uk.