Skilled Worker – Frequently Asked Questions
All you need to know about the new skilled worker visas (previously Tier 2)
- What is the UK Skilled Worker visa, and how does it differ from the previous Tier 2 (General) visa?
The UK Skilled Worker visa is a type of work permit that allows skilled workers to work in the UK. It replaces the previous Tier 2 (General) visa and is part of the UK’s new points-based immigration system. The Skilled Worker Licence simplifies the visa application process and provides greater flexibility for both employers and employees.
- Who is eligible to apply for a Skilled Worker visa?
Skilled workers who have a job offer from a UK employer and meet the eligibility requirements can apply for a Skilled Worker visa. The eligibility requirements include meeting the English language proficiency requirements, having enough funds to support themselves, and being able to demonstrate that they have the skills and qualifications required for the job.
- What are the general requirements for the Skilled Worker visa?
The general requirements for the Skilled Worker visa include having a job offer from a UK employer (with a sponsorship licence), meeting the relevant skill and salary level, meeting the English language proficiency requirements, and being able to support themselves financially. Additionally, the applicant must score enough points on the points-based system to be eligible for the visa. Should your employer not have a licence then Hurlingham law can assist in applying for one from UK VI.
- Can self-employed individuals apply for a Skilled Worker?
No, self-employed individuals are not eligible for a Skilled Worker visa. However, they may be eligible for other visa routes, such as the Innovator Visa or the Global Talent Visa.
- What is the minimum salary requirement for the Skilled Worker?
The minimum salary requirement for the Skilled Worker varies depending on the job, but it is generally set at £25,600 per year. However, some jobs may have a lower salary threshold if they are on the Shortage Occupation List or if the applicant has a relevant PhD.
- How long is the Skilled Worker visa valid for?
The Skilled Worker visa is valid for up to five years. After that, the visa holder may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), which would allow them to stay in the UK permanently. Note: The Intra-company transfer route does not count towards the 5 years towards settlement. It may, however, qualify you for settlement if you have 10 years continuous residency (10 years long residence ILR).
- Can family members accompany the Skilled Worker visa holder to the UK?
Yes, family members, including spouses/partners and children, can accompany the Skilled Worker visa holder to the UK. They will need to apply for a dependant visa and meet the relevant eligibility requirements.
- Can a Skilled Worker visa holder switch jobs in the UK?
Yes, a Skilled Worker visa holder can switch jobs in the UK, but they will need to apply for a new Skilled Worker visa if their new job is with a different employer and that would require the new company to have a licence and an available Certificate of Sponsorship
- How long does it take to process a Skilled Worker application?
The processing time for a Skilled Worker application can vary, but the standard processing time is usually around three weeks. However, it is recommended to allow for additional time in case of any delays or complications. Contact us as you may be eligible for fast track / priority services offered by UKVI.