Skilled Worker Visa

How To Apply For UK Skilled Worker Visa

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.

Skilled Worker Visa UK Eligibility

To be eligible for the Skilled Worker Visa, you must meet several requirements.

The following are the main eligibility requirements:

A UK employer with a sponsorship licence must have offered you a job.
The employment offer must be a "genuine vacancy" with a suitable skill set.
The employer must have provided a sponsorship certificate that includes information about the job being offered in the United Kingdom.
The job must pay a minimum wage, which varies based on the position.
You must be able to prove that your English language proficiency meets the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages' B1 level.
You must have sufficient funds to support yourself while in the United Kingdom (you will need to provide documentation to prove this)
Must have a clear criminal record and a valid tuberculosis certificate (if applicable)

If your application is approved, you will be able to stay and work in the United Kingdom for up to five years.

What are the Job Requirements?

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.

The Points Based Immigration System?

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:

A job offer from a UK business that has a sponsorship licence (20 points)
A job that requires the appropriate degree of skill (20 points)
Ability to communicate in English at a B1 level (10 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:

A salary of at least £20,480 to £23,039, or at least 80% of the profession's going rate (whichever is highest) (0 points)
A salary of at least £23,040 to £25,599, or at least 90% of the profession's going rate (whichever is highest) (10 points)
A salary of £25,600 or more, or at least the industry standard (whichever is highest) (20 points)
Job in a shortage profession. (10 points)
A PhD in a field related to the job. (10 points)
A PhD in a STEM field related to the job role. (20 points)

Required Documents for the UK Skilled Worker Visa

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:

Valid passport or other form of identification
Information regarding your job title, occupation code, and the salary you'll be earning
Your sponsorship certificate number
Name and sponsorship number of your UK employer
Bank statements or other authorised documents proving your ability to support yourself financially in the United Kingdom.
If you will be joining your family or dependents in the UK, proof of your relationship with them is required.

What is the Application Process for the Skilled Worker Visa?

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.

Skilled Worker Visa Fees and Costs

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:

£610 per individual for up to three years of application
£1,220 per individual for an application of over three years

The following fees apply if you apply from inside the United Kingdom:

£704 per individual for up to three years of application
£1,408 per individual for a more than three-year application

The following fees apply if your job is on the shortage occupation list:

£464 if you stay for three years.
£928 if you stay for longer than three years.

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.

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