After the end of the Brexit transition period, we have been seeing an increasing number of enquiries regarding the Skilled Worker route for EU nationals. Woodcock Law has broken down all that you need to know about the latest UK Skilled Worker Visas updates.
27 August 2021
The Skilled Worker Visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa. It is the main visa route for foreign workers to live and work in the United Kingdom under the new immigration system.
Currently, the Skilled Worker route includes all migrant workers regardless of their home country.
You may apply to the Skilled Worker route only after you have a confirmed job offer from an employer in the UK.
Your UK employer must issue a Certificate of Sponsorship and hold a valid Tier 2 Sponsor Licence.
This means that you have been offered a skilled job in the UK, or that your job is on the Shortage Occupations List (SOL).
First, your employer must apply for a Sponsorship Licence to the Home Office.
Next, you may submit an application using your unique Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) number and provide evidence that you meet the requirements.
You will need the following before you can apply:
It is important to ensure that your actions or activities do not violate the Home Office regulations.
On a Skilled Worker route, you may:
You may not:
You will receive a decision within eight weeks of your application date if you use the standard service. If you use the priority service, it will take five working days.
Your Certificate of Sponsorship will hold your personal details and information about the job you have been offered. You cannot apply for this visa until three months before the start date that is listed on your Certificate of Sponsorship.
It is your employers duty to provide you with a CoS reference number. This is the number that must be included with your application.
The Skilled Worker visa is valid for five years. You may apply for an extension before your visa expires.
Before you apply for the Skilled Worker route, make sure that you have your:
After five years, you may be able to apply to settle permanently in the UK . This gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like, and apply for benefits if you’re eligible.
You, your partner or children will each need to:
Please note that the fee varies with time period of extension and for family members and that the whole cost is paid upfront
Are you an employer wanting to learn more about how to sponsor foreign workers?
Watch a recording of our webinar on UK Skilled Worker Visas Updates below.
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.
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