The UK Skilled Worker visa was created to allow highly skilled foreign employees to enter the UK labour market and, after that, stay permanently in the country.
With this visa, skilled workers from other countries may be chosen based on a shortage occupation lit and get an offer letter without having to pass a labour market test, allowing them to remain in the UK for up to 5 years.
To be eligible for the Skilled Worker Visa, you must meet several requirements.
The following are the main eligibility requirements:
If your application is approved, you will be able to stay and work in the United Kingdom for up to five years.
The job should be RQF level 3 skilled. This level relates to a person's educational background and job experience. If you wish to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa, you don't need to have a minimum educational qualification; the skill level is decided by the job.
In your application, you must provide the occupation code of your job. This number must be provided to you by your employer in the United Kingdom.
You must prove that your job is a "genuine vacancy" to the UK Home Office. This indicates that the job entails performing particular tasks and obligations related to the position and meeting the job category's requirements.
A points-based immigration system underpins the new Skilled Worker Visa. To be eligible for the visa, applicants must earn at least 70 points on the points-based system. Applicants may get points based on their educational level and a shortage job role.
The following are the 'mandatory' points:
The most common way to reach the 70-point mark is your salary. You will earn additional 20 points to reach the 70-point criteria if your income is at least £25,600.
This isn't the only method to get to 70 points, however. The following are the points that can be traded:
To verify your eligibility for the Skilled Worker Visa, you must submit a portfolio of documentation to the UK Home Office.
The documents and information you'll need to submit may vary depending on your job title and personal circumstances.
All candidates will, however, be required to submit the following information:
You must submit your application for the Skilled Worker Visa online, and you can do it from the United States or from inside the United Kingdom if you're switching from another eligible visa.
You may apply for a visa up to three months before the start date of your job in the United Kingdom. If you apply from the United States, you should expect a response in three weeks. However, if you apply from inside the UK, it may take up to eight weeks for your application to be reviewed.
If the UK Home Office has any doubts about your application, the processing of your application may be delayed. You may be required to authenticate specific documents or attend an immigration interview, for example. This is why it's important to double-check that your evidence portfolio includes all essential information and meets all administrative requirements.
The fees for the Skilled Worker Visa vary based on the applicant's specific circumstances and application.
The following fees apply if you apply from outside the UK:
The following fees apply if you apply from inside the United Kingdom:
The following fees apply if your job is on the shortage occupation list:
This is applicable whether you apply from inside or outside the United Kingdom.
You must additionally pay the yearly immigration health surcharge in addition to the regular application cost. In most cases, you'll be required to pay £624 each year.