Skilled work visa


With effect from 01 Jan 2021, the Skilled Worker Visa opens the doors for foreign skilled
workers to avail Job opportunity in the UK. This new visa regime has abolished Tier-2
route in its entirety by lowering the requisite skills threshold; scrapping Resident labor
Market Test [RLMT] and annual cap on sponsored workers and even lowering their
minimum salary.
The applicants need to secure a total of 70 points [50 Non-tradeable points and 20
tradeable points] to get their visa approved.

Non-Tradeable Points [50 required]: Points
Offer of job by an approved sponsor 20
Job at an appropriate skill level [RQF 3 Equivalent or above] 20
English language skills at level B1 10
Tradeable Points [20 required]: Points
Appropriate Salary [£25,600] 20
Total Points 70

To be eligible an applicant must score minimum 50 points including valid sponsorship
certificate from the sponsor. Nevertheless, scoring 70 points does not qualify applicant
automatically and their application may still get refused for other reasons.

How to apply:
The applicants can submit their Skilled Worker Visa application once they have received
a job offer from a UK-based employer [Skilled Worker sponsor] which holds a valid
Sponsor License.
Skilled Worker sponsor doesn’t need to pass Resident Labour Market Test [RLMT].
Under the scrapped Tier-2 route, RLMT was a mandatory requirement meaning that the
job must have been advertised in two places for at least 28 days before it can be offered
to applicants from outside the EEA.

After CoS has been granted, applicants will be able to start their Skilled Worker Visa
The applicant must apply within 3 months from the date CoS is assigned. However, if
their application is refused and they wish to make another request, they will need a new

UKVI requirements for Skilled Worker applications:

In order to Qualify for Skilled Worker Visa an applicant must provide:

  1. Employment offer from UK based company or organization provided with Certificate
    of Sponsorship (CoS) issued by a licensed sponsor
  2. Applicants are exempt from meeting maintenance requirement if they have a fully ‘A-rated’ sponsor who can provide the maintenance cost if they need it.
  3. Must be age 16 or over on the date of application
  4. Meet specific English language requirements [B1].
  5. Genuinely skillful in their Job in order to work in the UK at an appropriate salary
  6. Do not own more than 10% of the sponsoring companies shares

Sponsorship for Skilled Worker Visa:
One of the main requirements of this visa is that for employer to be a licensed sponsor
of Skilled Workers. Applicants will need to show this in their visa application and provide
proof through their Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).
The CoS is not a physical document but a reference number that must be included in
applicants’ application.
Should their employer has Sponsor License revoked while they are employee there,
they will need to find a new sponsor and reapply for a visa.

How long can I stay in the UK on a Skilled Worker Visa?
Applicant can come to the UK with a Skilled Worker Visa (General) for a maximum of 5
years and 14 days, or the time given on their certificate of sponsorship plus 1 month,
whichever is shorter.
They can enter the UK using their Skilled Worker Visa up to 14 days before the start
date on their certificate of sponsorship.

Skilled Worker Category Duration of Stay
Skilled Worker ICT (Long Term Staff) Up to 5 years

Skilled Worker ICT (Graduate Trainee) 12 months
Sportsperson Up to 3 years
Minister of Religion Up to 3 years and 1 month

Skilled Worker Visa Extension:

The Skilled Worker Visa is usually granted for an initial period of 3 years.
The applicants may be granted a further leave to remain in the UK provided they apply
for an extension before the expiry of their visa and subject to fulfilling all requirements of
the relevant Immigration Rules.

How to Apply:

If you intend to extend your leave to remain as a Skilled Worker visa holder, you must
submit your Skilled Worker Visa renewal application from within the UK, and before your
current visa expires.
Once your employer has agreed to extend your employment contract, they will need to
apply for an unrestricted Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to the Home Office.
In that case, your employer will not be required to undertake a new Resident Labor
Market Test before assigning you a new CoS.

Visa Renewal Requirements:

Your eligibility for extension will depend on whether or not you continue to meet the
Skilled Worker eligibility criteria under the same visa category, meaning that your role
and salary must still qualify for a work permit.
As a part of your application, you will need the following:
• A new Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
• A relevant salary for your role –must be more than in your original application
• Evidence of maintenance funds
• Proof of English Language ability
• Biometric evidence

Extension processing time:

The standard processing time for Skilled Worker visa extension applications is between
8 weeks. However, if you use the Home Office priority service, you should get a
decision within 5 working days.
It must however be noted that the Home Office may need more time to review your case
if you fail to submit adequate evidence of your situation. Besides, you might also be
required to attend an interview to confirm your eligibility.
The applicants can submit their Skilled Worker visa renewal application up to 60 days
before the expiry of their current immigration status. Nevertheless, if you are on a strict
deadline, you can apply using the Home Office’s Super Priority Service, which will allow
you to get your decision within 24 hours.

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