The UK Skilled Worker visa is a popular immigration route for individuals who possess valuable skills and qualifications and wish to work in the UK. Introduced in December 2020, this visa replaced the Tier 2 (General) visa and has simplified the immigration process for skilled workers. In this blog post, we’ll provide an overview of the UK Skilled Worker visa and discuss the eligibility criteria and application process.
What is the UK Skilled Worker visa?
The UK Skilled Worker visa is designed for individuals who have a job offer from a UK-based employer and possess a specific skill set and qualifications. This visa allows individuals to work and live in the UK for up to five years, with the option to extend their stay and eventually apply for settlement.
What are the eligibility criteria?
To be eligible for a UK Skilled Worker visa, you must meet the following criteria:
Have a job offer from a UK-based employer that holds a valid Sponsor Licence
Meet the required skill level for the job offer (equivalent to RQF Level 3 or above)
Be able to speak, read, and write in English at the required level
Score enough points in the points-based system
Under the points-based system, you must score a minimum of 70 points to be eligible for the UK Skilled Worker visa. Points are awarded based on the following:
Job offer from a UK-based employer (20 points)
Required skill level for the job (20 points)
English language proficiency (10 points)
Salary (up to 20 points)
What is the application process?
The application process for the UK Skilled Worker visa is online and can be completed from outside or inside the UK. The process involves the following steps:
Obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship from your UK-based employer
Complete the online application form and pay the visa fee
Provide biometric information (fingerprints and a photograph)
Provide supporting documents (e.g., passport, evidence of English language proficiency, and qualifications)
Attend an appointment at a UK visa application centre (if required)
Once your application is processed, you will receive a decision within a few weeks. If your application is successful, you will receive a visa vignette in your passport, which allows you to enter the UK. You must then collect your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) within 10 days of arriving in the UK.
In conclusion, the UK Skilled Worker visa is an excellent option for individuals with valuable skills and qualifications who wish to work in the UK. If you meet the eligibility criteria and score enough points, you can apply for this visa and start your new career in the UK.