Skilled Worker Visa

The Skilled Worker Visa is a route under the Points Based System which allows workers to undertake skilled employment in the UK.

You can apply for a Skilled Worker Visa if you:

  • Have been offered a qualifying skilled job in the UK
  • The company has a valid Sponsor Licence
  • Have an ‘appropriate’ salary
  • Have the required level of English (CEFR level B1)
  • You have £1,270 in your bank account for 28 days before you apply

You need to have a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from a licensed Sponsor company before you can apply. The work you do in the UK must relate to the work of your Sponsor organisation.

You can come to the UK with a Skilled Worker visa for a maximum of 5 years and 14 days, or the time given on your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 1 month, whichever is shorter. Your stay must start no more than 14 days before the start date on your Certificate of Sponsorship. You can apply to extend this visa for up to another 5 years.

The Skilled Worker Visa route also applies to Dependant family members, so they can come with you to the UK on this visa.

The earliest you can apply is up to 3 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK.

If you would like to learn more about how we can help you with a Work Visa application, please contact QC Immigration today.

FAQ

Can I apply for a Skilled Worker Visa?

You may apply for a Skilled Worker Visa if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have been offered a skilled job in the UK.
  • You are being paid an appropriate salary.
  • You have sufficient personal savings so you can support yourself when you arrive in the UK.
  • You have a Certificate of Sponsorship from a Licensed Sponsor.

Can I bring my family with me to the UK?

Yes, your family members (partner or children under 18) can join you as your dependants.

How long will it take to get a decision on my Skilled Worker Visa application?

You should get a decision on your Skilled Worker Visa application within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK, and slightly longer when applying from within the UK. We can advise you on the available Priority Services to fast-track the application.

How long can I stay in the UK under the Skilled Worker Visa?

The Skilled Worker Visa may be issued for the time given on your Certificate of Sponsorship, up to 5 years. Thereafter, you may apply to extend your visa for up to another 5 years. Notably, after 5 years of living and working in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

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